Unfortunately Cooper lost the red plate and three point lead he
had over Ferandis and now sits two points behind. You know he's
going to be eager to put in a mistake free night so he has a shot
at getting that plate back and can go into the east coast break one
up on Ferandis.
Tomac and Baggett Put on a Good Show
The first 450 had a great battle between Eli Tomac and Blake
Baggett as they tried to chase down race leader Ken Roczen. While
Eli had the edge for most of the battle by the end of the race
Baggett was finally in position to put a move on Tomac with a light
tap that ended with Tomac's
KX 450F stalling. Reminiscent of Cooper just one race earlier,
things could have gone way sideways for Tomac, thankfully he was
able to get the bike running again without losing much ground and
was able to regain 2nd place from Baggett. This is the kind of
racing fans live for.
Of course the rest of the night went really well for Tomac as he
was extremely quick in the whoops as was able to hunt down Roczen
in the main to secure his third straight podium and second win of
Barcia Goes up in Smoke But His Pit Crew Salvages the
Drama was the theme of the night and Justin Barcia added to the
mix with a blown engine in heat two. It was quite unfortunate
seeing as how he was having an excellent heat race charging behind
race leader Cooper Webb and then for whatever reason his
YZ450F just went kaput on the last lap. Rightfully frustrated
Bam Bam shook in anger before collecting himself and scurrying to
the pit area where he handed the bike off to his mechanic. Then it
was a mad dash back to the pit to swap out the engine in time to
make the 450 LCQ. Apparently that ramp getting out of the stadium
is pretty steep so his mechanic definitely got his cardio for the
It's pretty amazing how these pit crews can work like a team of
ants in these stressful situations, but then again they have plenty
of time in the off season to prepare and practice for moments just
like this. The crew was able to get the fresh mill nestled into the
frame and Barcia went on to lead every lap of the LCQ. He put in a
pretty good main event race too, taking 6th place. Even though he's
still in 3rd overall it wasn't an ideal night as Jason Anderson was
able to make up a few points on him and is now only sitting two
points back. Then again things could have gone much worse for
Mosiman Battles Then Gets Moshed
After securing his first career Supercross podium in Glendale
last weekend Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 250 rider,
Michael Mosiman, looked poised to continue his podium appearance
with a great heat race on Saturday night battling Austin Forkner
back and forth for the lead.
Mosiman led for the first four laps but then Forkner put the
pressure on and after Mosiman ran him out in the corner leading
into the start straight Forkner hammered the throttle and got half
a bike length ahead. With that slight lead Forkner hit the front
brake hard enough to nose wheelie into the next turn taking out
Mosiman's line and forcing him to cut his momentum and drop it back
inside. It was quite a series of events that got the crowd fired
up. And although Mosiman was right back in the mix in the next turn
he made slight contact with Forkner as they both jumped in and it
caused Mosiman to pause for just a second which was enough for
Forkner to ride away with the heat win.
In the main Mosiman got a mid pack start and then by lap four
things got ugly. He tucked the front end in a corner and rung his
bell pretty good. That wasn't then end of it though as Cameron
Mcadoo was right behind him and slid into Mosiman's side
compounding the misery. Laying just above him Mosiman's Husky found
itself in the center of a mosh pit as riders slammed into and over
it. It sounds like Mosiman wanted to continue to race but the bike
was out of commission so he had to call it an evening. Other than
St. Louis where he went down in the first lap and pulled out,
Mosiman has a podium and two fourth place finishes, he'll be hungry
to head into the break on a high note--as in high on the podium.
The Webb/Roczen Saga Continues
The Webb/Roczen story line has dominated the 450 series for the
past few years and it was a top feature once again on Saturday.
Webb has been losing positions towards the end of the races this
season but turned that around in the main, at Roczen's expense.
With only a few laps left in the race Webb throttled his
KTM past Adam Cianciarulo while Ken was trying to regain the
lead from Tomac. Instead of being happy with a third place finish,
Webb set his sights on Roczen and by the last lap he had made up
ground on Roczen. As we've seen before, in the last turn Webb was
more aggressive. He cut to the inside, took it tight by the tuff
block and bumped into Ken's right side. While they both got off
kilter Webb was able to pull it together and get back on the
throttle to take 2nd while Ken had to roll into the finish for 3rd.
It was reminiscent of Webb snatching the win away from Roczen at
Arlington last year--although that was a much closer photo finish.
As Roczen sat on the sideline after the race tending to his foot
I was flashing back to Anaheim 2 in 2018 when the two were battling
and Roczen's arm got caught up in Webb's wheel. We all know how
that ended and as Ken rocked in pain I thought "oh no, not again!"
Thankfully it appears Roczen will be OK physically, mentally
though Webb must be all up in his head. When is Roczen going to get
out of Cooper's webb?