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Qualification report for Arlington Supercross

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Cooper Webb led a group of 14 riders who all fell in the 50-second range in Group A. He set the fastest time in 450s qualification for Round 7 of the Supercross season with a trip around the track in 50.012 seconds. Webb told NBC’s Sport Gold afterward that the close competition is because the tracks is fast and easy to navigate, but that will change as the event progresses.

Justin Hill (50.203) and Marvin Musquin (50.203) rounded out the top three.

Returning from injury, Zach Osborne (50328) posted the fourth fastest time with Cole Seely in fifth.

With a lap of 52.623 seconds, Chris Blose was the fastest rider from Group B.

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In the 250 class:

Austin Forkner was fast, but less than reliable. His lap of 50.149 seconds topped the leaderboard, but midway through the final qualification session he jumped off course and laid his bike down on the concrete outside of the track.

Justin Cooper was .269 seconds slower in second. Martin Davalos (50.601) rounded out the top three.

Fourth-place Chase Sexton and fifth-place Jordon Smith were the only other riders under the 51 second mark.

In 12th, John Short was the fastest from Group B.

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Qualification each week can be seen live with NBC’s Sport Gold Supercross / Motocross season pass, which can be purchased at https://www.nbcsports.com/gold.

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Michelin appoints new North American motorsports director

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Michelin North America has named Tony Ménard as director of motorsports, effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Ménard is succeeding Chris Baker, who has held the role for the past eight years. Baker is scheduled to retire in March of 2020, ending a lengthy career that began with Michelin in 1982.

“Chris has played a vital role in the growth and success of our motorsports program, both for BFGoodrich and Michelin in North America,” said Matthieu Bonardel, global director for Michelin Group’s motorsports business entity. “His passion and understanding for motorsport fueled growth in the organization and established credibility in the market. Chris’s leadership propelled the Group, which experienced tremendous success with race wins, and advanced the way the brands leveraged our motorsports participation to benefit the overall business.”

A native of Le Mans, France, Ménard has served in several positions during his 30-year career with Michelin, most recently serving global business leader for Michelin brand in the passenger-vehicle category. Ménard has worked closely with the North American motorsports team since early July in preparation for the transition.

Baker oversaw the development of the motorsports function for Michelin and BFGoodrich Tires brands as a single business unit in North America. He also directed the expansion of Michelin’s involvement in IMSA sports-car racing as the “Official Tire of IMSA” and BFGoodrich Tires partnership with SCORE International Racing as the “Official Tire of SCORE.”

During Baker’s tenure, BFGoodrich achieved an unprecedented 650 off-road class wins, including five overall victories in the Baja 1000. The brand also demonstrated performance in the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing, Ultra4 King of Hammers, and provided strong support of grass roots racing across North America with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), National Auto Sport Association (NASA), and Super Production Challenge in Canada.

“I am incredibly grateful to Michelin for the opportunities and support throughout my career, and to all the folks that I have worked with and continue to work with,” Baker said. “I want to thank all the teams, partners, officials and fans who have made our relationships so successful and are essential to the brands’ successes. I look forward to witnessing the continued success of our motorsports programs under Tony’s leadership, as well as the contributions of the Michelin Motorsport North America staff and volunteers, who are completely dedicated and invested in representing our brands in competition.”