WEBB CAPTURES IMPRESSIVE COME-FROM-BEHIND VICTORY AT ARLINGTON SX
ARLINGTON, Texas - It was another successful night for
the Red Bull KTM
Factory Racing Team as riders Cooper Webb and Marvin Musquin
dominated the 450SX podium with 1-3 finishes at Round 7 of the AMA
Supercross Championship in Arlington, Texas. Webb put forth an
incredible come-from-behind performance to seal the deal in the
final turn before the finish en route to his fourth win of 2019.
Musquin maintains his consistent podium streak with another
third-place finish in the class.
Webb began the day on fire as he
KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into the top qualifying position
in the 450SX class. In the heat race, Webb got off to a top-five
start and passed his way into third to secure a solid transfer into
the Main Event. Off the start, he didn't get the best jump as he
rounded the opening lap in seventh place. He immediately put his
head down and charged through the pack to reach a top-four position
by the halfway point. From there, the now four-time race winner
continued to climb through the ranks - first battling his way
around Musquin, before chasing down leader Ken Roczen late in the
race. Webb caught the rear wheel of Roczen as the two-lap card came
out and he continued to apply pressure all the way into the final
turn. Webb took the inside line to bring himself side-by-side with
Roczen as they exited the corner and it was Webb who powered his
KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION through the finish line first, edging
out Roczen by only 0.028 of a second.
Webb: "Tonight was incredible!
I just never gave up out there. It was incredible for it to come to
the last lap - the last turn even - and to be able to win with such
a close finish was absolutely insane. That's probably the best race
ever for me."
After qualifying third overall earlier
in the day, Musquin lined up with his teammate, Webb, in 450SX Heat
2, where he found himself just inside the top-ten off the start. He
moved up a few positions during the short heat race and he
ultimately grabbed a seventh-place transfer into the Main Event.
Musquin powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into a third-place
start in the Main Event, where he maintained third for the first
six laps. Musquin then made his way into second and he chased after
the leader for several laps before being joined by Webb for the
runner-up position. Webb eventually made the pass for second and
Musquin held strong to ultimately secure third overall, giving the
Red Bull KTM squad a double-podium for the night.
Musquin: "I had a good pace and
I felt comfortable but then I started tightening up a little bit
and that's when Cooper caught me. It was too much playing defense
for me and he was right there, and then he got me. From there, I
had nothing left so I salvaged a third place. It's good, but I was
in a good position for better, so I am a little bit disappointed
with that but I'm also happy that we were able to turn it around
after the heat race."
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC - WPS - FLY -
KTM's Blake Baggett had a solid night, finishing just off the
podium with fourth overall in the 450SX class.
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM Factory
Racing's Jordon Smith finished just off the podium in the 250SX
East division after battling through a crash in the Main Event.
Smith put his
KTM 250 SX-F into a top-five position off the start and he
quickly climbed into third by lap three and eventually made his way
into second. While running second late in the race, Smith had a
get-off in the whoop-section and dropped back to ultimately finish
fourth in the race. Smith sits third in the 250SX East Championship
standings after two rounds.
Race:Detroit, Michigan - February 23, 2019
Results 450SX Class -
1. Cooper Webb (USA), KTM, 25 laps
- Ken Roczen (GER), Honda, +0.028
- Marvin Musquin (FRA), KTM,
- Blake Baggett (USA), KTM,
- Justin Bogle (USA),
Standings 450SX Class 2019
after 7 of 17 rounds
1. Webb, 150 points
- Roczen, 148
63Results 250SX East Class - Arlington 2019
1. Austin Forkner (USA), Kawasaki, 19 laps
- Justin Cooper (USA), Yamaha,
- Chase Sexton (USA), Honda,
- Jordon Smith (USA), KTM,
17. Marshal Weltin (USA), KTM
- TJ Albright (USA),
Standings 250SX East Class
2019 after 2 of 10 rounds
1. Forkner, 52 points
- Cooper, 44
- Smith, 42
18. Miller, 9