Denver Supercross Preview: And then there were three

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And then there were three.

Three rounds remain in the 2019 Supercross season and Cooper Webb’s lead is looking safer every week. Marvin Musquin’s modest sixth-place finish in Nashville dropped him 21 points behind Webb while Eli Tomac surged to his fourth victory and is currently tied for second in the standings. With 26 points available to the winner, Webb is closing in on a full-race cushion.

Webb’s magic number is slightly better than fourth. If Tomac manages to sweep the final three races and Webb finished fourth each time, Tomac would tie the points and win the championship on a tie-breaker. If Webb finishes third in one of the final three races and fourth in the others, he will be the champion.

But Tomac has a slight advantage this week. Heading to the Mile High City, the Colorado native is most accustomed to the elevation and anyone who has ever tried to exercise this close to the clouds knows what a difference that can make.

The championship is also coming down to three contenders: Ken Roczen’s eighth-place finish last week virtually eliminates him from contention as he needs to make up 14 points on Webb while leapfrogging Tomac and Musquin.

Justin Barcia announced this week that he will miss the remainder of the season in order to completely heal before the start of the Motocross season (May 18, Hagerstown). Suffering a variety of injuries before crashing in Seattle and Houston, he hit a Tuff Block last week and failed to finish the Main.

Barcia will be replaced with Josh Grant in the final three rounds.

In 250s, Dylan Ferrandis has won back-to-back races in Seattle and Houston to cut Adam Cianciarulo’s lead to just five points.

As and added incentive to keep his points lead, Cianciarulo has come up on the losing end of two six-closest losses in 250 competition. He finished second to Aaron Plessinger in the West division in 2018 and was runner-up to Zach Osborne in the East in 2017. Both margins of victory were only two points.

MORE: The Supercross 250 season is coming down to the wire 

Schedule:

Qualifying: 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports, Gold
Race: Live, 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports, Gold and 8 p.m. NBCSN

Last Week:

Eli Tomac rode to victory over Blake Baggett and Cooper Webb.
In 250s, Martin Davalos became the first rider other than Austin Forkner to win an East race this year. He beat Chase Sexton and Justin Cooper.

Last Year:

This is the first Supercross event in Denver since 1996.

Winners

450s:
[6] Cooper Webb (Anaheim II, Oakland, Minneapolis, Arlington, Atlanta, and Houston)
[4] Eli Tomac (San Diego, Detroit, Daytona and Nashville)
[2] Marvin Musquin (Indianapolis and Seattle)
[1] Justin Barcia (Anaheim I)
[1] Blake Baggett (Glendale)

250 West:
[4] Adam Cianciarulo (Glendale, Oakland, San Diego and Atlanta)
[2] Dylan Ferrandis (Seattle and Houston)
[1] Colt Nichols (Anaheim I)
[1] Shane McElrath (Anaheim II)

250 East:
[5] Austin Forkner (Minneapolis, Arlington, Detroit, Daytona and Indianapolis)
[1] Martin Davalos (Nashville)

Top-5s

450s:
Cooper Webb (12)
Marvin Musquin (11)
Eli Tomac (11)
Ken Roczen (10)
Blake Baggett (8)
Joey Savatgy (4)
Dean Wilson (4)
Chad Reed (2)
Justin Barcia (2)
Jason Anderson (1)
Justin Bogle (1)
Justin Brayton (1)
Aaron Plessinger (1)
Cole Seely (1)
Zach Osborne (1)

250 West:
Adam Cianciarulo (8)
Dylan Ferrandis (6)
Shane McElrath (5)
Colt Nichols (5)
RJ Hampshire (4)
James Decotis (4)
Jacob Hayes (1)
Garrett Marchbanks (1)
Jess Pettis (1)
Michael Mosiman (1)
Chris Blose (1)

250 East:
Justin Cooper (7)
Chase Sexton (7)
Austin Forkner (6)
Martin Davalos (4)
Jordon Smith (3)
Alex Martin (2)
Mitchell Oldenburg (2)
Kyle Peters (1)
Brandon Hartranft (1)

Points Leaders

450s:
Cooper Webb (309)
Eli Tomac (288)
Marvin Musquin (288)
Ken Roczen (267)
Blake Baggett (238)

250 West:
Adam Cianciarulo (182)
Dylan Ferrandis (177)
Colt Nichols (142)
RJ Hampshire (126)
Shane McElrath (123)

250 East:
Austin Forkner (151)
Chase Sexton (148)
Justin Cooper (144)
Martin Davalos (115)
Mitchell Oldenburg (105)

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Dean Wilson out for rest of Supercross season

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“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”

With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.

Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.

Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.

Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.

“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.

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Such a massive gut punch on Saturday. Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye. Started off Denver topping free practice then went on to qualify P1 in qualifier 1. Qualifier 2 didn’t get the cleanest laps but ended with a 4th. On to the main event I was running around 7th on lap 7 moving forward and as I came around for the rhythm section I tripled in and something freak happened causing the bike to nose dive after I tripled in and pile driving me into the ground. The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year. It’s tough just hoping to have a ride each year. 2nd part is people saying “wilson’s hurt again, big surprise there” when it was something that wasn’t my fault. It’s a tough pill To swallow.. I injured my shoulder and got a contusion on my kidneys. Got MRI and good news is I dodged a bullet on my shoulder and I am just going to give it a few weeks of rest and therapy and see where we are at. Huge disappointment to end my SX season like this. Thanks to my whole team for everything and everybody checking in on me. I really appreciate it. I will be back.

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Next Race: East Rutherford April. 27, on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold

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