NRG Stadium, Houston, TX (March 30, 2019)
Thirteen events in the books and only four remaining opportunities for riders to make their mark on the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season. Points are at a premium and this week’s Triple Crown at NRG Stadium in Houston proved how important every moto can be.
250SX Main Events
Adam Cianciarulo(92) started off as normal with a runaway win in the 1st Main Event for the 250SX West riders. Dylan Ferrandis(34) recovered from a poor start, fighting back to finish 2nd.
It was a different story in the 2nd Main. Cianciarulo grabbed the holeshot but was forced off track just past the 1st turn. While racing through the field he encountered more trouble trying to land a jump and crashed at the bottom. Dodging riders coming off the jump Cianciarulo managed to get back on the bike, but could only manage a 10th place finish. Ferrandis took the win and looked to make a big move in the year-long standings, depending on the outcome of the final race of the triple crown.
Ferrandis led early in the 3rd Main before surrendering the top spot to teammate Colt Nichols(39). Cianciarulo again experienced trouble as he was involved in a 3-bike crash early. Nichols took the win with Ferrandis 2nd and Cianciarulo fighting back to take the 3rd spot.
Results of the 250SX Triple Crown from Houston
250 West Points Chase
Ferrandis combined score for the evening gave him the event win and the 26 points for the 1st place finish. Cianciarulo 10th place finish in the 2nd main proved costly as he ended up 4th on the evening. Dropping 7 points off his series lead coming into the event. Ferrandis now trails Cianciarulo by only 5 points. With two West events left the Championship is up for grabs.
250SX West Points Standings
450SX Main Events
In the 1st Main Ken Roczen(94) took off like he had something to prove. Winning the holeshot and dominating the race. Cooper Webb(2) and Marvin Musquin(25) provided some mid-race drama as the pair got together with Musquin being forced off the track. Webb went on to finish 2nd, while Musquin ended up 5th. Dean Wilson(15) took 3rd.
Roczen’s night went bad quickly as he crashed on the start of the 2nd Main and finished 21st. Webb, back to his dominant form, won the moto. Musquin struggled again with some off-course activity but still managed to finish 3rd. Dean Wilson’s solid night continued with 2nd place ride.
Joey Savatgy(17) captured the holeshot, his only highlight of the evening. But, Musquin quickly passed and finally put together the type of ride he is capable of. Leading from start to finish he made a run at the overall win for the event. Webb battled with Eli Tomac(3) swapping positions several times. Webb, realizing what he needed, rode to a safe 3nd place finish and captured the 450SX Triple Crown win. Tomac finished 2nd.
Results of the 450SX Triple Crown from Houston
450 Points Chase
With 4 AMA Supercross events left on the schedule, Webb increased his points lead to 17 over Musquin. Roczen’s 10th place finish left him 4th in the year-long points standings, 36 behind the leader. Barring an unlikely series of events Roczen effectively took himself out of Championship contention.
Tomac’s 4th place at Houston left him 26 points behind Webb. Musquin dropped three points further behind the leader. He trails Webb by 17 points. Next week it’s on to Nashville, TN as the season winds down to the Final at Las Vegas on May 4th.