Cooper Webb, Adam Cianciarulo win Oakland Supercross

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On the heels of his first career victory last week at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Cooper Webb doubled down and became the first repeat winner of the season at Oakland Coliseum. With this victory, Webb also vaulted into the points’ lead over Ken Roczen.

It was not an easy victory. On the final lap, teammate Marvin Musquin closed to within less than a second and pressed Webb all the way around the track.

“I was so nervous,” Webb said on NBC Sports Gold after the race. “No one told me the second is harder than the first.”

Webb grabbed the hole shot and extended his lead to more than eight seconds as the pack battled behind him.

Musquin took a fall in the middle of the race, but once he regained the vertical position, he came through field rapidly. Once he got into second he steadily picked away at the lead.

Blake Baggett finished 8.4 seconds behind the leaders to make a perfect sweep of the podium for KTM riders.

Eli Tomac in fourth and Roczen in fifth kept their perfect record of top fives alive for the season.

Joey Savatgy was looking for his first top five of the season and was running third at with 9:30 remaining on the clock. His bike gave up the ghost, however, and he left the track.

Complete Results
Points Standings

250s

Adam Cianciarulo became the first repeat winner of the 2019 season, while Dylan Ferrandis finished in the runner-up position for the third time in four rounds.

Colt Nichols got the hole shot, but lost the lead to Cianciarulo immediately and faded to third at the checkers. Nichols has stood on the podium in all four races this year.

In fourth, Shane McElrath kept his perfect record of top-fives.

Jacob Hayes earned his first top five of 2019.

After going down in his heat, RJ Hampshire found the dirt again in the Main. He finished 13th, which was the first time this season that he failed to score a top five.

Complete Results
Points Standings

450 Heat 1: Eli Tomac beat Cole Seely to the line by 2.854 seconds, Blake Baggett rounded out the top three. … Justin Bogle stood his bike on the back wheel with two laps remaining and dropped out of the final transfer spot. … Dean Wilson jabbed his knee in heavy traffic on the opening lap and dropped to the tail end of the field; he recovered to climb to 12th, but had to move into the Last Chance Qualifier.

450 Heat 2: Cooper Webb got the hole shot, but Joey Savatgy and Ken Roczen swept past midway through the heat as the trio finished in that order. … Savatgy became the first rookie to win a heat race this year.

450 Last Chance Qualifier: Dean Wilson moved through the LCQ over Justin Bogle, Ryan Breece and Ronnie Stewart also advanced. … The drama of the race was provided by Angelo Pellegrini, who cross rutted his bike and got off line. He landed on the tough block and bounced into the racing groove.

250 Heat 1: James Decotis made the pass on Cameron McAdoo with two to go. It was Decotis’ first heat win of the season. Jacob Hayes rounded out the top three. Shane McElrath got the hole shot, but went down immediately after. He charged back up to sixth to transfer.

250 Heat 2: Fast qualifier Dylan Ferrandis took the lead win Hampshire went down off the wall jump with three minutes remaining. He beat Colt Nichols and Adam Cianciarulo. RJ Hampshire rebounded to finish fourth.

250 Last Chance Qualifier: Logan Karnow won over Thomas Do. Scott Champion finished third. … The battle of the race was for the final transfer. Chris Howell took the final spot on the final lap, dropping Devin Harriman out of the Main. … Enzo Lopes was run off track in the first corner of the first lap and failed to advance to the Main.

Points Leaders

450s
Cooper Webb (83 points) (2 wins)
Ken Roczen (81)
Eli Tomac (80)
Marvin Musquin (79)
Justin Barcia (72) (1)

250s
Colt Nichols (91 points) (1 win)
Adam Cianciarulo (88) (2)
Shane McElrath (87) (1)
Dylan Ferrandis (86)
RJ Hampshire (67)

450 top 5s

Ken Roczen: 4
Eli Tomac: 4
Marvin Musquin: 3
Cooper Webb: 3
Dean Wilson: 2
Blake Baggett: 2
Jason Anderson: 1
Justin Barcia: 1

250 top 5s

Shane McElrath: 4
Colt Nichols: 4
Adam Cianciarulo: 4
RJ Hampshire: 3
Dylan Ferrandis: 3
James Decotis: 1
Jacob Hayes: 1

Next race: February 2, Petco Park, San Diego, Calif.

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Supercross Preview: It’s Webb’s World for now

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A short launching area and tight left-hand turn is going to create a lot of drama this week in Round 8 of the Supercross season as the riders invade Detroit’s Ford Field after one year off.

Last week Cooper Webb won for the fourth time in the last five races. Incredibly, two of these count among the five closest finishes in Supercross history with a .760-second win over Marvin Musquin at Oakland and last week’s .028-second win over Ken Roczen. Webb has won in a variety of ways so far this year. He has gained experience protecting a lead and coming from behind with Arlington’s incredible run. He even won the first Triple Crown race at Anaheim II after taking two of the three heats.

Last year, Jason Anderson seemingly came out of nowhere to grab the points lead in Round 2. He never relinquished it. Webb has tighter competition in 2019, but he shows know sign of letting up as the four-man battle for the lead became a three-rider challenge last week with Eli Tomac’s trouble.

Eli Tomac cooled off in a hurry. After sweeping the top five in the first five rounds and winning San Diego, he finished sixth in Minneapolis and 12th at Arlington. This week will be a test of his ability to rebound.

Which rider will be the first to win in 2019, Roczen or Musquin? Between them they have finished second or third 10 times this season. They have both stood on the podium in the last three events, but have yet to climb to the top rung.

Vince Friese injured his knee during practice at Arlington and may have a torn ACL. He is unlikely to ride this week.

Schedule:

Qualifying: 12 p.m. on NBC Sports, Gold
Race: Live, 7 p.m. on NBC Sports, Gold, 8 p.m. on NBCSN

Last Week:

Cooper Webb won his fourth event in the past five races over Ken Roczen and Marvin Musquin in the 450 class.
Austin Forkner won over Justin Cooper and Chase Sexton in the 250 class.

Last Year:

Event was not run in 2018.

In 2017 Eli Tomac beat Marvin Musquin and Ryan Dungey in the 450 class.
In 250s, Jordon Smith won over Joey Savatgy and Adam Cianciarulo in the 250 class.

Winners

450s:
[4] Cooper Webb (Anaheim II, Oakland, Minneapolis, and Arlington)
[1] Justin Barcia (Anaheim I)
[1] Blake Baggett (Glendale)
[1] Eli Tomac (San Diego)

250 West:
[3] Adam Cianciarulo (Glendale, Oakland, San Diego)
[1] Colt Nichols (Anaheim I)
[1] Shane McElrath (Anaheim II)

250 East:
[2] Austin Forkner (Minneapolis and Arlington)

Top-5s

450s:
Ken Roczen (7)
Marvin Musquin (6)
Eli Tomac (5)
Cooper Webb (5)
Blake Baggett (3)
Dean Wilson (2)
Joey Savatgy (2)
Justin Barcia (1)
Jason Anderson (1)
Justin Bogle (1)
Chad Reed (1)
Justin Brayton (1)

250 West:
Shane McElrath (5)
Adam Cianciarulo (5)
Colt Nichols (4)
RJ Hampshire (3)
Dylan Ferrandis (3)
James Decotis (2)
Jacob Hayes (1)
Garrett Marchbanks (1)
Jess Pettis (1)

250 East:
Austin Forkner (2)
Jordon Smith (2)
Justin Cooper (2)
Chase Sexton (2)
Alex Martin (1)
Martin Davalos (1)

Points Leaders

450s:
Cooper Webb (150)
Ken Roczen (148)
Marvin Musquin (144)
Eli Tomac (134)
Dean Wilson (110)

250 West:
Adam Cianciarulo (114)
Shane McElrath (105)
Colt Nichols (104)
Dylan Ferrandis (102)
RJ Hampshire (75)

250 East:
Austin Forkner (52)
Justin Cooper (44)
Jordon Smith (42)
Chase Sexton (39)
Mitchell Oldenburg (34)
Alex Martin (34)

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