SUPERCROSS, ROUND 16: THE CHAMPIONSHIP WILL GO TO THE FINAL ROUND!

Is Wednesday Webb Day? So far it has been as the 2020 Monster Energy Supercross season continues its stand in Salt Lake City. Cooper Webb has now won all three Wednesday rounds, keeping his title hopes alive as the riders go to the final on Sunday. This was despite an amazing ride from Eli Tomac, who clearly wasn’t playing it safe. He came from dead last all the way to second in what might be one of the greatest rides of his career.  For more coverage of the 2020 Monster Energy Supercross season, click here.

HEAT ONE

Dean Wilson held off Eli Tomac to win the first heat. Photo by Travis Fant.

Dean Wilson had a fantastic ride to take heat one over a hard-charging Eli Tomac. Martin Davalos and Zach Osborne were the early leaders while Tomac had to come through the pack. Osborne started making mistakes and losing time in the later laps, eventually giving up the lead to Deano. Tomac followed Wilson past Osborne and then came oh so close to taking the lead. Wilson held on with Tomac, and Aaron Plessinger following.

1 Dean Wilson
2 Eli Tomac
3 Aaron Plessinger
4 Martin Davalos
5 Malcolm Stewart
6 Zach Osborne
7 Broc Tickle
8 Tyler Bowers
9 Alex Ray
10 Fredrik Noren
11 Adam Enticknap
12 Cade Clason
13 Joshua Cartwright
14 Carter Stephenson
15 Deven Raper
16 Tevin Tapia
17 Alexander Nagy
18 Cheyenne Harmon
19 Josh Greco
20 Carlen Gardner

HEAT TWO

Jason Anderson was the fastest qualifier and won the second heat. Photo by Travis Fant.

Cooper Webb and Jason Anderson led the pack into the first turn, then it was Kenny Roczen up front for just a moment. Roczen then got bumped around in the second turn and sunk his front wheel into a muddy section. He dropped out of the top 10, while Anderson took the lead. Cooper Webb, Justin Hill and Blake Baggett followed  as Anderson opened up a small lead. As those riders shuffled around, Roczen picked off rider after rider. By the end of the race, he climbed up to sixth. On the final lap, the battle for the final transfer spot was between Vince  Friese and Chad Reed. In the end, it was Reed who would have to go to the LCQ.

1 Jason Anderson
2 Cooper Webb
3 Blake Baggett
4 Justin Barcia
5 Justin Hill
6 Benny Bloss
7 Ken Roczen
8 Justin Brayton
9 Vince Friese
10 Chad Reed
11 Kyle Chisholm
12 Kyle Cunningham
13 Nick Schmidt
14 Ryan Breece
15 Robbie Wageman
16 Logan Karnow
17 Theodore Pauli
18 Mason Kerr
19 Preston Taylor
20 Scotty Wennerstrom

LCQ

Chad Reed had to go through the LCQ. Photo by Travis Fant.

1 Chad Reed
2 Kyle Chisholm
3 Kyle Cunningham
4 Fredrik Noren
5 Adam Enticknap
6 Ryan Breece
7 Carlen Gardner
8 Cade Clason
9 Mason Kerr
10 Nick Schmidt
11 Tevin Tapia
12 Preston Taylor
13 Theodore Pauli
14 Carter Stephenson
15 Scotty Wennerstrom
16 Alexander Nagy
17 Cheyenne Harmon
18 Robbie Wageman
19 Josh Greco
20 Logan Karnow
21 Joshua Cartwright
22 Deven Raper

450 MAIN EVENT

With his third Wednesday-night win, Cooper Webb keeps a faint hope alive. Photo by Travis Fant.

Zach Osborne and Justin Brayton started up front, while Eli Tomac was way back with a terrible start–absolutely last place into the first turn. Cooper Webb and Ken Roczen were in the top five, bumping and grinding through the first few laps while Tomac was absolutely amazing, passing riders two and three at a time to put himself in ninth. Four laps later and he was past Blake Baggett, Justin Hill, Malcolm Stewart and Justin Brayton into fifth. Tomac was clearly the fastest man on the track by the time he caught and passed Jason Anderson at the halfway mark. In all this time, Osborne, Webb and Roczen seemed evenly matched and could do nothing with each other. Tomac passed Roczen then his amazing momentum slowed down when he caught up to Webb, who was right on Osborne’s rear wheel. Both Webb and Tomac passed Osborne and then upped the pace. The two of them rode as if the whole championship was on the line–which it was! If Tomac could pass Webb, he would mathematically wrap up the series a race early. It wasn’t to be. Despite riding a phenomenal race, Eli Tomac would have to settle for second place and send the championship to the final round.

1 Cooper Webb
2 Eli Tomac
3 Zach Osborne
4 Ken Roczen
5 Jason Anderson
6 Justin Brayton
7 Malcolm Stewart
8 Martin Davalos
9 Justin Barcia
10 Blake Baggett
11 Benny Bloss
12 Justin Hill
13 Dean Wilson
14 Aaron Plessinger
15 Chad Reed
16 Broc Tickle
17 Vince Friese
18 Kyle Cunningham
19 Kyle Chisholm
20 Fredrik Noren
21 Tyler Bowers
22 Alex Ray

 

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