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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Robert Wickens views iRacing debut as major milestone in recovery efforts

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This Saturday afternoon will mark an important milestone in the recovery efforts of Robert Wickens.

For the first time since the summer of 2018, the popular Canadian will race against his fellow NTT IndyCar Series competitors – virtually at least – in the second race of the INDYCAR’s iRacing Challenge at virtual Barber Motorsports Park.

Wickens’ entry in the virtual race is another positive step in his recovery efforts after he sustained a spinal cord injury in an Aug. 19, 2018 crash at Pocono Raceway.

“I’m just excited to drive something,” Wickens said in a Friday teleconference. “Last night was the first time I’ve driven any form of race car since the accident at Pocono. Even though it’s virtual, it still felt pretty good.”

While Wickens is excited to make his first iRacing start, his debut was delayed by a week because he wanted to make sure he had the proper equipment before getting started.

“Simulation was always step number one for me. But unfortunately, through one reason or another, it was very challenging to basically do it right,” Wickens said. “I didn’t want to purchase an Amazon setup and try to learn on that. I wanted to build a good foundation that you can evolve from because I see this as a great training tool for me to make my hand control second nature.”

Wickens withdrew from last week’s event after not receiving the equipment he needed in time. A group of members from the motorsport community headed by Max Papis attempted to overnight Wickens all the necessary equipment, but unfortunately, the package did not arrive at his home until Thursday. He will use a wheel provided by McLaren this weekend.

Regardless, Wickens appreciates the efforts made by Papis and others.

“I think I’m beginning to sound like a broken record, but the fact that I have so many people supporting me on my return to this is amazing,” Wickens said. “When Max found out that I was in the market for a steering wheel, he jumped on and just got to work. He actually had already been doing stuff in the background that I wasn’t even aware of. He already had the hardware in his shop. I guess he was just waiting for me to reach out.

“He’s such a good guy. He’s a competitor at heart and although he’s retired from the cockpit, I think he sees his entrepreneurship as a new form of competition. He wants to be the best in the industry and he works hard, and I think he’s doing a great job.”

Wickens admits that with such little time to practice and a temporary wheel, he has a steep learning curve ahead of him. Nonetheless, he views iRacing as an important part of his recovery efforts.

“I always knew that through simulation was going to be the best way to try all the different handbrake configurations or paddle configurations so this is really just step one of 100 to get me back into the NTT IndyCar Series,” Wickens said. 

Some of Wicken’s fellow IndyCar competitors are also happy he will compete in this weekend’s race.

“It’s been great watching his progress,” said Will Power. “I think that like he said, his first step was to get back into a sim. It’s pretty cool that he’s actually able to get on and compete in a competition.”

Graham Rahal is another driver who is excited to race against Wickens again. Both drivers have been competing against each other since go-karts.

“To see his determination, to see his recovery process, to see his mentality and the way he’s thought through this is admirable but is not surprising from him if you’ve known him for a long time,” Rahal said. “I can tell you from going to see him in the hospital pretty early on after the accident that the destination was always there. He’s a guy who just from day one was committed to getting back on his feet and to getting back in a race car. It’s great to have him out here competing with us.”

Coverage of race two of the inaugural INDYCAR iRacing Challenge from virtual Barber Motorsports Park airs live Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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