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Motorcycles 2020 Salt Lake City 4 Supercross 450 Class Race Report

22:11  12 june  2020
22:11  12 june  2020 Source:   dirtrider.com

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Cooper Webb claimed his third main event victory of the season at round 14 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, the fourth of seven races to be held at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider began the day by qualifying fourth-fastest in practice and won his heat race later on. In the main event, Webb started up front and led all 26 laps of the feature race to take the win, which enabled him to move to second in the championship point standings.

a man jumping in the air while riding a motorcycle: Cooper Webb led all 26 laps to clinch his third main event win of the season. In doing so, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider moved into second place in the championship point standings, moving ahead of Ken Roczen by two points. © Provided by Dirt Rider Cooper Webb led all 26 laps to clinch his third main event win of the season. In doing so, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider moved into second place in the championship point standings, moving ahead of Ken Roczen by two points. a man flying through the air while riding a motorcycle: Cooper Webb led all 26 laps to clinch his third main event win of the season. In doing so, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider moved into second place in the championship point standings, moving ahead of Ken Roczen by two points. © Courtesy of Feld Entertainment Inc. Cooper Webb led all 26 laps to clinch his third main event win of the season. In doing so, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider moved into second place in the championship point standings, moving ahead of Ken Roczen by two points.

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  2020 Supercross Racing Season Resumes In Utah The 2020 Monster Energy Supercross season will resume later this month after being suspended following the Daytona Supercross round in early March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Round 11 of the 17-round season is scheduled for Sunday, May 31, at the Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. This marks the return of one of the world’s largest professional motorcycle racing series. “We’re excited to continue our work with Feld Entertainment [owners of the Supercross series], Rice-Eccles Stadium at the University of Utah, and the Utah Department of Health Services,” said Jeff Robbins, president and CEO, Utah Sports Commission.

“It was a great race,” Webb said. “I almost got the holeshot and led every lap, which is the first time I’ve been able to do that this year. Kenny [Roczen] was riding really well at the beginning. I made a few mistakes and we battled there for a second, but I regained focus and I was able to ride my laps and ended up getting a decent lead, which is nice. I feel like the first three [rounds] we’ve been battling down to the last lap, so it was cool to be able to enjoy that one a little bit more—not so stressful.”

a man riding a motorcycle on a dirt track: Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne finished in the runner-up spot on his FC 450 Rockstar Edition. © Provided by Dirt Rider Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne finished in the runner-up spot on his FC 450 Rockstar Edition.

Zach Osborne positioned himself in third place early on in the main event. The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider moved into second place by lap 17 and maintained the runner-up spot to the checkered flag, finishing five seconds behind Webb.

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“I feel like we’re building some momentum here,” Osborne said. “I’ve been enjoying this Salt Lake trip and I feel like I’m in a good headspace, which is good. I managed two good starts tonight and was able to come away with my second podium of the stretch here. I really felt like I was in a good position tonight and we had a good result, so I’m pretty happy with it.”

a person riding a motorcycle down a dirt road: Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac rounded out the podium and now sits 27 points up on Cooper Webb in the championship standings. © Provided by Dirt Rider Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac rounded out the podium and now sits 27 points up on Cooper Webb in the championship standings.

Championship point leader Eli Tomac won his heat race and was granted the second gate pick for the main event. When the gate dropped for the feature race, the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider didn’t get a good jump and was buried in the pack in 15th place off the start. During the course of the 20-minute plus one lap race, Tomac charged his way through the field and made his way up to third by the time the checkered flag flew. With his podium finish, he holds a 27-point lead in the championship standings over nearest rival Cooper Webb.

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“I had to claw my way back once I was really buried off the start,” Tomac said. “I really need to work on getting better starts so I’m not challenged with tracking down all of these really fast guys in this class. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to catch up to a podium position, but I just kept charging. I’m happy with a third place finish and glad to pick up a point toward the championship, which is the goal. We’re going to stay focused and get ready for the next one.”

a man riding a bike down a dirt road: Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Blake Baggett qualified fastest in practice, finished second in his heat race, and carded a fourth place result in the main event. © Provided by Dirt Rider Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Blake Baggett qualified fastest in practice, finished second in his heat race, and carded a fourth place result in the main event.

Blake Baggett clocked a 44.7-second lap time in practice, which gave him the fastest qualifying time heading into the heat races. The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS rider finished second in his heat race behind Tomac and carried that momentum into the main event, taking the checkers in fourth.

a man riding a motorcycle on a track: Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen rounded out the top five after battling with Webb for the lead early on. © Provided by Dirt Rider Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen rounded out the top five after battling with Webb for the lead early on.

Despite experiencing breathing issues in prior rounds, Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen qualified second fastest in practice and battled with Webb in his heat race, finishing just 0.6 second behind the reigning champ at the line. In the main event, the German rider was credited with the holeshot and battled with Webb early on, but faded to fifth by the completion of the 26-lap feature.

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  2020 Salt Lake City 3 Supercross 450 Class Race Report 2020 Salt Lake City 3 Supercross 450 Class Race Report“We had a pretty great battle going, but I did not want to let the win go,” Tomac said. “I ended up getting a triple combo at the end of that rhythm, which was the real make or break moment for me. That was a great battle and a lot of fun. The track had some great character and it was just a great day for the Monster Energy Kawasaki team.

a man riding a motorcycle on a dirt track: Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne finished in the runner-up spot on his FC 450 Rockstar Edition. © Courtesy of Feld Entertainment Inc. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne finished in the runner-up spot on his FC 450 Rockstar Edition.

“Coming back after two days of trying to get everything lined up again following a tough race, I had a lot more fight and felt a lot better today,” Roczen said. “I had a good heat race and was able to put up a fight at least for some of the race. I’m not 100 percent yet, obviously because two days unfortunately is just not enough to get everything lined up, but it was much better than the last race. We’re going to just continue fighting because this stuff is out of our hands and we have the speed and good starts and everything. We have to get my body right and I think we can be on the top step much more consistently.”

2020 450SX Class Championship Point Standings

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  2020 Salt Lake City 5 Supercross 450 Class Race Report 2020 Salt Lake City 5 Supercross 450 Class Race Report“Tonight we did really, really good,” Roczen said. “I felt like I was able to go the full distance in the main, which was great. I knew it was just going to take a few extra days to get everything back lined up after the last couple of rounds and everything that’s been going on with my body. We won our heat race, which was really stacked; I got a holeshot there and it was great. I really felt good with the bike; we’ve been tweaking it a little bit here and there, and I was really gelling with it nicely tonight. I kind of liked the track.

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 322
2 Cooper Webb KTM 295
3 Ken Roczen Honda 293
4 Jason Anderson Husqvarna 245
5 Justin Barcia Yamaha 241
6 Malcolm Stewart Honda 199
7 Dean Wilson Husqvarna 191
8 Zach Osborne Husqvarna 186
9 Justin Brayton Honda 184
10 Justin Hill Honda 179

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