The Supercross season returned to the west this past weekend in Santa Clara. Cooper Webb wasted no time advancing toward his championship bid in the 250 class.
Cooper Webb had a steady night, starting his heat race about mid pack and confidently working his way to a third place and transfer position. In the main event Webb had another mid pack start, but put his head down and began to pick off his competitors one by one. Despite Zach Osborne’s holeshot advantage, Webb reeled him in with 3 laps to go and claimed first place uncontested. The 250SX West title will be decided at the Las Vegas finale, Saturday May 7th.
Mitchell Harrison was having a stand out evening in Santa Clara, but a racing incident spoiled an otherwise stellar night. Harrison scored the hole shot in his heat race and kept up with the front contenders for a quick transfer to the 250sx main event. Harrison had another blazing fast start and comfortably slotted in behind Osborne for second place in the first few opening laps. Unfortunately a few corners later Christian Craig made hard contact with Harrison, putting him on the ground and pinning him beneath his dirt bike, causing Harrison to fall deep into the pack and finishing 18th for the night.
Alex Martin had a bit of a struggle in Santa Clara, making an easy transfer from his heat race but finding difficulty in the 250sx main. Martin made a favorable start and was comfortably in third when slowly throughout the race several riders pushed by him and relegated Martin to a 9th place finish.
Jason Anderson came back from the break refreshed and focused on his race. In heat race 1 Anderson fought his way to the front on the first lap, and battled with Roczen to a second place finish. In the main event disaster nearly took Anderson out when Justin Brayton blind sided him in turn one. The contact was so forceful and jarring that Brayton hit the ground hard, but Anderson amazingly remained on his bike and forfeited a few positions as he rode through the aftermath. Anderson charged back through the pack, reclaiming lost positions and landing a podium finish for the evening in 3rd.
Marvin Musquin had an off-night, struggling to race ahead after a really rough crash during qualifying. Musquin finished 17th for the evening.