Cooper Webb Wins AMA Supercross at Orlando, Points Tighten

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Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL — February 13, 2021

After and mid-day rain at the first outdoor venue of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross season, the track at Camping World Stadium in Orlando was in fine condition to race on.

The 250 SX East riders wrapped up their early season and won’t compete again for 10 weeks in Salt Lake City. The 450 SX riders were just trying to slow down Ken Roczen(94) after three wins in a row at Indy.

250 SX East

in the 250 SX Heat 1 Colt Nichols(64), who has been on a bit of a roll himself, took the early lead and easily outdistanced Joe Shimoda(30) by nine seconds at the checkered flag. The moto was relatively uneventful.

Not so in Heat 2. Christian Craig(29), the 2nd placed rider in the 250 SX East standings chasing his teammate Nichols, saw disaster strike on the 2nd lap. Craig came off a triple jump and did not carry enough distance hitting the center of next hill. He lost control and a nasty crash threw him off the bike, injuring his right hand/wrist. Jett Lawrence(18) passed and rode away for the easy victory.

Craig was unable to finish his heat and had to rely on the last chance qualifier, if he was to make the main event. It was doubtful he would report to the starting gate. Gritting it out, Craig had his injury taped up and he won the LCQ to keep his chase of Nichols alive.

In the 250 Main Event it was Lawrence, Nichols, and Craig falling into line on the 1st lap. The moto ended in the same order as Lawrence won his 2nd heat of the year. Craig’s 3rd place finish cost him tow points to Nichols but kept him in striking distance for the 250 SX finals in Salt Lake.

Nichols leads Craig by an eight point margin 166-158. The next closest riders, Joe Shimoda at 138 and Jett Lawrence 128 are out of contention for the East title.

250 SX East Round 7 Main Event Results

Position Number Rider Bike POINTS
 1 18 Jett Lawrence Honda CRF250R 26
 2 64 Colt Nichols Yamaha YZ250F 23
 3 29 Christian Craig Yamaha YZ250F 21
 4 30 Jo Shimoda Kawasaki KX250 19
 5 49 Mitchell Oldenburg Honda CRF250R 18
 6 241 Joshua Varize KTM 250 SX-F 17
 7 85 Kevin Moranz KTM 250 SX-F 16
 8 95 Joshua Osby Honda CRF250R 15
 9 193 Hunter Schlosser Yamaha YZ250F 14
 10 88 Logan Karnow Kawasaki KX250 13
 11 170 Devin Simonson Kawasaki KX250 12
 12 125 Luke Neese Kawasaki KX250 11
 13 124 Lane Shaw KTM 250 SX-F 10
 14 773 Thomas Do KTM 250 SX-F 9
 15 509 Alexander Nagy KTM 250 SX-F 8
 16 76 Grant Harlan Honda CRF250R 7
 17 441 Scott Meshey Husqvarna FC 250 6
 18 185 Wilson Fleming Honda CRF250R 5
 19 162 Maxwell Sanford Honda CRF250R 4
 20 384 Lorenzo Camporese Kawasaki KX250 3
 21 99 Hunter Sayles KTM 250 SX-F 2
 22 122 Jeremy Hand Honda CRF250R 1

250 SX East Points Standings

Position Number Rider Hometown POINTS
1 64 Colt Nichols Murrieta, CA 166
 2 29 Christian Craig Temecula, CA 158
 3 30 Jo Shimoda Menifee, CA 138
 4 18 Jett Lawrence Wesley Chapel, FL 128
 5 95 Joshua Osby Valparaiso, IN 103
 6 42 Michael Mosiman Sebastopol, CA 97
 7 49 Mitchell Oldenburg Aledo, TX 91
 8 241 Joshua Varize Perris, CA 81
 9 773 Thomas Do Murrieta, CA 74
 10 76 Grant Harlan Justin, TX 71
 11 85 Kevin Moranz Topeka, KS 70
 12 88 Logan Karnow Amherst, OH 61
 13 122 Jeremy Hand Mantua, OH 59
 14 55 John Short Pilot Point, TX 55
 15 115 Max Vohland Granite Bay , CA 46
 16 99 Hunter Sayles Chassell, MI 46
 17 125 Luke Neese Jamestown, NC 44
 18 38 Austin Forkner Richards, MO 40
 19 170 Devin Simonson Laurinburg, NC 39
 20 185 Wilson Fleming Jacksonville, FL 35

450 SX

Rookie 450 rider Shane McElrath(12) made his first start of the season after recovering from a shoulder separation he received preparing for Houston. The injury to last year’s 250 SX East Championship runner-up kept him out of the early rounds as he recovered from the mishap.

In Heat 1, McElrath took the early lead only to be caught by defending 450 SX champion Eli Tomac(1). Tomac passed McElreath with a lap to go to get the Heat win.

Heat 2 saw Michigan’s Broc Tickle(20) grab the hole shot, but Roczen quickly went to the front and dominated for the win. Tickle faded and faced the prospect of having to qualify via the LCQ.

Tickle’s start in the LCQ was far different as he was mired back in the pack. A furious ride brought him to 5th, but he missed the 450 Main for the 1st time this season.

In the night’s featured event, everyone was hunting Roczen to break his 3 race win streak. Zach Osborne(16) and Justin Brayton(10) shot off the line and into the early lead. Roczen and Cooper Webb(2) ran just behind. Tomac was caught back in the pack and sat 11th after the start.

Osborn got out of shape and the bobble cost him four spots as Brayton went to the front. Shorthly after that incident, Webb made the pass of the night shooting past Roczen and Brayton in a corner to take the lead.

At the 15 minute mark, Tomac had recovered to 7th. Dylan Ferrandis(14) crashed and dropped out of the race. With 10 minutes to go, Tomac was 5th and Webb was extending his lead.

Justin Barcia was making a late podium run when hit hit a tuff block costing him a position even though he kept the bike upright. Webb outlasted Roczen for the win, with Osborne making it onto the podium with a 3rd place finish.  Barcia and Tomac finished 4th and 5th.

Cooper Webb/ Photo Credit Feld Entertainment

Webb cut Roczen’s point lead to 13 points, 161-148. Tomac sits 3rd with 132, trailing by more points than are available in a single event(26). Adam Cianciarulo(9) with 118 and Barcia with 115 are fading fast and need some help to get back into contention.

All through Tomac’s title run in 2020, it seemed he could recover from a poor start and still get to the checkered flag first. He will need to find some of that magic going forward if he is going to have a shot to defend his title.

Next up, Orlando again, then it’s on to Daytona.

450 SX Round 7 Main Event Results

Position Number Rider Bike POINTS
 1 2 Cooper Webb KTM 450 SX-F FE 26
 2 94 Ken Roczen Honda CRF450R WE 23
 3 16 Zach Osborne Husqvarna FC 450 RE 21
 4 51 Justin Barcia GASGAS MC 450F 19
 5 1 Eli Tomac Kawasaki KX450 18
 6 7 Aaron Plessinger Yamaha YZ450F 17
 7 25 Marvin Musquin KTM 450 SX-F FE 16
 8 21 Jason Anderson Husqvarna FC 450 RE 15
 9 27 Malcolm Stewart Yamaha YZ450F 14
 10 9 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki KX450 13
 11 10 Justin Brayton Honda CRF450R 12
 12 15 Dean Wilson Husqvarna FC 450 RE 11
 13 17 Joey Savatgy KTM 450 SX-F FE 10
 14 37 Benny Bloss Honda CRF450R 9
 15 40 Vince Friese Honda CRF450R 8
 16 36 Martin Davalos KTM 450 SX-F FE 7
 17 12 Shane McElrath Honda CRF450R 6
 18 19 Justin Bogle KTM 450 SX-F FE 5
 19 11 Kyle Chisholm Yamaha YZ450F 4
 20 81 Justin Starling KTM 450 SX-F 3
 21 43 Fredrik Noren Kawasaki KX450 2
 22 14 Dylan Ferrandis Yamaha YZ450F 1

450 SX Points Standings

Position Number Rider Hometown POINTS
1 94 Ken Roczen Clermont, FL 161
 2 2 Cooper Webb Newport, NC 148
 3 1 Eli Tomac Cortez, CO 132
 4 9 Adam Cianciarulo New Smyrna Beach, FL 118
 5 51 Justin Barcia Greenville, FL 115
 6 25 Marvin Musquin Corona, CA 110
 7 27 Malcolm Stewart Haines City, FL 109
 8 16 Zach Osborne Clermont, FL 108
 9 7 Aaron Plessinger Hamilton, OH 99
 10 14 Dylan Ferrandis Lake Elsinore, CA 97
 11 10 Justin Brayton Charlotte, NC 86
 12 21 Jason Anderson Rio Rancho, NM 82
 13 17 Joey Savatgy Clermont, FL 77
 14 20 Broc Tickle Holly, MI 52
 15 15 Dean Wilson Murrieta, CA 46
 16 36 Martin Davalos Tallahassee, FL 44
 17 40 Vince Friese Menifee, CA 42
 18 11 Kyle Chisholm Valrico, FL 39
 19 37 Benny Bloss Oak Grove, MO 36
 20 19 Justin Bogle Edmond, OK 29