Supercross 2021: Results and points standings after Round 7 at Orlando

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Cooper Webb has shown a ton of consistency with his Supercross results so far in 2021, notching his second victory and sixth consecutive top five of the season in Round 7.

Webb earned a solid start, but it was Zach Osborne who grabbed the holeshot with Ken Roczen on his back wheel. Webb stalked the duo and passed them both on Lap 2. From that point, he barely was challenged.

Roczen was able to manage the gap and close slightly on the final lap when Webb bobbled, but he was not close enough to pounce. Roczen’s second-place finish was made more palatable by the fact that he retains a 13-point advantage over Webb.

Roczen has finished first or second in six of the first seven rounds now. His worst effort netted a fifth in the second Houston race.

RESULTS: Click here for 450 results; Click here for 250

Osborne earned his first podium of the season and his second top-five. He has had consistent runs to sweep the top 10, but with four results of ninth or 10th, he has been mostly in the middle of the pack.

After getting a strong start, Barcia was forced to settle for fourth, but he may have had the save of the race. In the closing laps, he dismounted his bike in the whoops, but was able to run alongside it for a jump or two and climb back on board after losing the final podium spot to Osborne.

Another bad start for Eli Tomac resulted in another charge through the field and a fifth-place finish.

Rounding out the top 10 were Aaron Plessinger, Marvin Musquin, Jason Anderson, Malcolm Stewart and Adam Cianciarulo.

Rookie Dylan Ferrandis exited the race early with a crash and finished last in 22nd.

Click here for Round 7 450 Main results | 450 points standings | 450 Manufacturer points


In 250s, Jett Lawrence nabbed his second win of the season after sustaining an injury in the second Indy race. He jumped out to an early lead in Orlando and managed the gap back to points leader Colt Nichols.

Nichols needed a solid run after falling last week in the final race of the Indy residency and losing ground in the points to teammate Christian Craig. Nichols added two points to his advantage and now leads by eight heading into the 250 East season finale at Salt Lake City in two months.

Craig crashed out of the lead in his heat and injured his throttle hand. He came back to win the Last Chance Qualifier in convincing fashion – even though he rode a safe race.

“It’s going to be tough,” Craig said after winning the LCQ. “I’m going to have to dig deep. I’m in a lot of pain; my grip strength is really weak, but you have to be mentally tough and overcome it. I’ve  got to get through the night and stay inside that points’ chase.”

And dig deep he did.

Craig trails by only eight points in the standings. With Jo Shimoda 28 points back and Lawrence 38 in arrears, it will be a two-main show when the series wraps up at Salt Lake City in an East/West Showdown.

Click here for Round 7 Main results | 250 East points standings | 250 Manufacturer points

Shimoda finished fourth and kept his perfect record of top-fives alive.

Mitchell Oldenburg was fifth to earn his second consecutive top-five of the year.

Joshua Varize in sixth, Kevin Moranz in seventh, Joshua Osby in eighth, Hunter Schlosser in ninth and Logan Karnow rounded out the top 10.

The Supercross remains in Orlando, Fla for Round 8 on Saturday night, Feb. 20. The 450 riders will be joined by the 250 West riders for the first time this year.

POINTS, RESULTS AFTER ROUND 1 AT HOUSTON: Justin Barcia, Christian Craig take early lead

POINTS, RESULTS AFTER ROUND 2 AT HOUSTON: Eli Tomac close gap, Jett Lawrence wins his first

POINTS, RESULTS AFTER ROUND 3 AT HOUSTON: Ken Roczen earns one-point margin; Colt Nichols, Christian Craig share 250 lead

POINTS, RESULTS AFTER ROUND 4 AT INDIANAPOLIS: Ken Roczen wins to extend points margin, Colt Nichols doubles down

POINTS, RESULTS AFTER ROUND 5 AT INDIANAPOLIS: Ken Roczen makes it two in a row; Colt Nichols threepeats

POINTS, RESULTS AFTER ROUND 6 AT INDIANAPOLIS: Ken Roczen continues to roll; Christian Craig stops Colt Nichols

Heather Lyne, Dennis Erb Jr. make history in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series

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More than two decades in the making, the pairing of Heather Lyne and Dennis Erb Jr. produced a historical milestone in Dirt Late Model.

Last month, Erb and his long-time crew chief Lyne won their first World of Outlaws Late Model Championship and with this achievement, Lyne became the first female crew chief to win in a national late model series. Their journey together goes back 21 years and tells the story of hard work, persistence and belief in oneself.

After a career-best season with the World of Outlaws, Erb and Lyne secured the points championship at US 36 Raceway in Osborn, Mo. with three races remaining in the season. The consistency and success of their season came down to pinpoint focus. Lyne and Erb are a team of two living out a David vs. Goliath tale. In order to be as successful as possible this year the duo knew they had to do as much as possible with the resources they had.

“It’s always a challenge when you only have two people, both at the racetrack and at the shop,” Lyne told NBC Sports. “I also work full time, so during the day, Dennis has to do a significant amount of work so that when I get down there I can start working and maintaining. It’s planning ahead. It’s having that system in place and making sure that you’re prepared ahead of time.

“When you have a problem at the track, making sure you have all that stuff ready so it’s a quick change and not a lengthy process to make a repair. We had zero DNFs in the World of Outlaws, we had only one DNF out of 96 races [combined among all series].”

Dennis Erb clinched his 2022 championship before the World of Outlaws World Finals. Jacy Norgaard – World of Outlaws Late Model Series.

Taming Time

This was not an easy feat. Between a full travel schedule and Lyne’s full-time job as an engineer, time comes at a premium. What they lack in time and resources they made up for in patience and planning.

“We buckled down, and we got all the equipment that we needed back, motors freshened, and things of that nature,” Lyne said about the mid-point of last season. “We were able to keep up with that. We just had a higher focus. I tried to reduce my hours at my day job as much as I possibly could while still maintaining what I need to get done at work. I got rid of a lot of the other distractions and got a more refined system in place at the shop.

“We did certain tasks on certain days so we had time to recover. We were on the road a little bit more, as opposed to coming home to the shop. So we had to be more prepared to stay out on those longer runs. It was just really staying on top of things a little more. It was a heightened sense.”

This was Lyne and Erb’s fourth full season with the Outlaws, but they’ve been on the road together for the last 21 seasons starting in 2001. Their partnership began with Lyne’s bravery. When one door closed, she was quick to open another. In 2001, Lyne’s dad was ready to stop racing. Her mother wanted to regain her weekends, but Lyne knew this was her life path and wasn’t prepared to lose it.

“I’ve always been a tomboy at heart,” Lyne said. “I watched racing with my dad. Growing up he watched NASCAR. In high school, I got tired of playing at the lake house, so I went to the local dirt track and fell in love with it. I just couldn’t get enough. It took a year for me to convince my dad to come to the track with me. He finally did and we sponsored a car that year, the following year he started to race limited cars. He ran hobby stocks and limited late models.”

At some point, Lyne and her father’s level of commitment drifted apart.

“He did it for about five years,” Lyne said. “And then my mom said: ‘I’m done racing. I want my weekends back. It’s just not fun anymore.’ I wasn’t ready to hang up my wenches and Dennis raced out of the same hometown so I, on a dare, went down and introduced myself; told him if you ever need any help, I’ll drill out rivets, I’ll help wash, whatever you need. Twenty-one years later here I am.”

Heather Lyne became the first female crew chief to secure a national touring late model championship in 2022. Paul Arch / World of Outlaws Late Model Series.

Breaking Through

Lyne entered a male-dominated job in a field that is also male-dominated – and where there were few examples of women creating these places for themselves. In this way, Lyne became a blueprint for other women as they strive to find a place for themselves in racing and in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) overall. She has her mother to thank for providing a strong role model, her father for sharing her passion, Erb for taking a chance on an unknow entity and most importantly herself.

“I was raised to believe that I can do anything, I want to do, as long as I put my heart and soul into it.” Lyne replied when asked about role models in the sport growing up. “My parents did not raise me to have that limitation. But from a racing role model perspective, I went in there completely green and just introduced myself to Dennis, the fact that he was brave enough to take that risk and bring a girl to the racetrack. Someone he didn’t know at all speaks volumes for him.”

Lyne and Erb have learned how to survive and succeed with each other on the road. They do this by leveraging decades of combined experience and an ability to adapt to the everchanging landscape of dirt late models. Next year the World of Outlaws visits nearly a dozen new tracks and Lyne sees it as an opportunity for continued success.

“I just want to do it again,” Lyne says going into next season, “I’m looking forward to the competition, I always do. I wouldn’t do it if I wasn’t competitively driven.

“There are some new tracks on the schedule that I’m looking forward to trying for the first time that I haven’t been to myself,” Lyne said of the 2023 season, “Dennis seems to do well on those first timers. We won out at Marion center, we finished second at Bloomsburg. We have a good solid notebook of information to tackle them over the last three years with these rocket race cars that we’re running. It’s good to have that information and leverage it to try some new things.”