Supercross 2021: Results and points standings after Round 8 at Orlando


Cooper Webb scored his second consecutive Monster Energy Supercross victory and his third of the season by a margin of more than three seconds over teammate Marvin Musquin.

As Ken Roczen, Webb’s principle rival in the points, got off to a slow start Webb knew he needed to take advantage of the bobble, but it took nearly half of the race before he was able to catch the early leader Adam Cianciarulo.

Webb’s win narrowed the points gap to just six points heading into an off-week before the series tackles the famed frontstretch of Daytona International Speedway.

When Webb got around the sophomore rider, Cianciarulo kept the leader in sight until he took a bad jump in the whoops and flipped his bike. Cianciarulo retired from the event.

The crash allowed Marvin Musquin to move into second and gave KTM a sweep of the top two spots.

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

The battle of the night was for the final spot on the podium. Justin Barcia had it. Eli Tomac and Roczen wanted it.

At the beginning of the season, after winning the first round, Barcia said he did not want to be a one-race rider. He has met that goal with his third podium in eight rounds and a fifth top-five.

Roczen had the comeback of the night. After getting off to a slow start that had him in 17th at one stage, he charged back through the field and grabbed fourth.

After winning his heat with a bold move on Musquin in the final corner, Jason Anderson nipped Tomac at the end and rounded out the top five.

The defending champion Tomac was forced to settle for sixth and is now 31 points behind the leader in the standings.

Malcom Stewart in seventh, Zach Osborne in Eighth, Aaron Plessinger in ninth and Justin Bogle rounded out the top 10.

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

Justin Cooper scored his second consecutive opening-round 250 win over Cameron McAdoo with a margin of nearly five seconds.

McAdoo was unchallenged for the runner-up position, but his race was not without drama.

The first 250 West Main of the season was marred by an early-race incident.

On the opening lap, Stilez Robertson jumped onto the back of Jeremy Martin and triggered a multi-bike accident. Martin walked from the track holding his right shoulder. But as the red flag was displayed, McAdoo clipped a medical worker and on the cool down lap.

Garrett Marchbanks finished third. To secure the position, he battled Seth Hammaker early in the race and when he slowed coming out of a corner, Hammaker had brief and easy tipover. Marchbanks continued on.

After an uncertain offseason when he was not sure he had a ride for 2021, Marchbanks was relieved to be on the podium.

Jalek Swoll earned a career-high finish of fourth. His best run previous was a sixth in the third round at Salt Lake City last June.

Hunter Lawrence rounded out the top five.

After his contact with Marchbanks, Hammaker remounted and climbed to sixth at the checkers.

Kyle Peters in seventh, Chris Blose in eighth, Robbie Wageman in ninth and Jace Owens rounded out the top 10.

Next Up: Daytona International Speedway, March 6.

Click here for 250 West Main results | 250 points standings | 250 Manufacturer points

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

POINTS, RESULTS AFTER ROUND 7 AT ORLANDO: Cooper Webb gets second win as Jett Lawrence also doubles

Lessons learned in three rounds of Extreme E pay huge dividends in the Copper X Prix for Tanner Foust

Foust Copper X Prix
McLaren Racing

To paraphrase the Grateful Dead, what a long, unique trip it’s been for Tanner Foust in his first season with the Extreme E series as he took his early season lessons to Chile to compete in the Copper X Prix. And he’s learned his lessons well.

In February, McLaren announced they would expand their motorsports program with an Extreme E entry. They signed two talented rally drivers in Foust and Emma Gilmour – and paired them for the opening round in Neom, Saudi Arabia with just a few days of testing under their belts. Baked by the Arabian desert sun, it was trial by fire.

The duo performed well in their debut, advancing into the final round and finishing fifth. As Extreme E headed to another desert halfway across the globe for Round 4, it was a good time to catch up with Foust and ask about McLaren’s progress. The Copper X Prix was held this past weekend in one of the most extreme regions in the world: the Atacama Desert.

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“The shock going into the first race was the speed,” Foust told NBC Sports. “It was much higher than we had tested. We spent a lot of time around 100 miles per hour [in race trim] and our testing speeds were more in the 60 to 70-mile range. Then, once we sort of got around that, the car got updated so you can drive it even faster.”

In rally racing, some incidents are out of a driver’s control. Even peeking around another car can be dangerous because of potholes that have recently been gouged in the ground or large bushes that seem to sprout up between laps. A couple of rollovers brought Foust back to earth – but the pace was there and that was important.

“We had some challenges this season,” Foust said prior to the Copper X Prix. “We had a good start; made the final, which is a difficult thing to do in this series. I had two rolls in the first three events, but I have improved each time. Now we come into Round 4 in Chile in a pretty strong position. We have competitive times as a team. We are communicating really well and have our heads around this Odyssey vehicle.”

Foust’s words proved to be prophetic.

He won the Crazy Race – Extreme E’s version of a Last Chance Qualifier – and did so after passing the field. It was the same manner in which he qualified for Saudi Arabia’s finale, but this time things would be better. There were those hard-earned lessons on which to lean – and Foust had reps under his belt. He was not going to be caught off guard by any random obstacles.

Tanner Foust passed Sebastien Loeb heading to the Switch Zone in the Copper X Prix. (Photo by Sam Bagnall / LAT Images)

In the Copper X Prix finale, he pressured one of the best rally drivers in the history of the sport.

Pitching sideways through a tight left-hander late in his stint, Foust put his McLaren Extreme E Odyssey at the head of the pack in front of Sebastien Loeb as they headed to the Switch Zone. There, he would turn the car over to his co-driver Gilmour.

The Extreme E series pairs male and female drivers with both taking a turn behind the wheel.

After the driver change, Gilmour lost the lead momentarily to Loeb’s teammate Cristina Gutierrez, but as they charged toward the finish line, she surged ahead and crossed under the checkers first.

“What an improvement for the team over this year,” Foust said after the race. “We have struggled through some of the events, being in our first year in competition. We showed true pace this weekend; overtaking Sebastien Loeb was a highlight.

“Emma put in a great run in the Final. I was fortunate to go from last to first in the Crazy Race and then first in the Final but with some flag penalties, we had 20 seconds added to our time, which put us into fifth. It was a great feeling crossing the line first, I love this wide style track and the NEOM McLaren Odyssey was fantastic here.

“Hopefully we can continue that momentum into Uruguay.”

Loeb and Gutierrez were elevated to the top of the podium, but no one can take away the feeling of crossing under the checkers first.

Racing Responsibly

Since cars were first invented, racing has played a socially responsible role by improving safety. As Earth reaches a tipping point with climate change, racing needs to adapt to these new needs and requirements, which is where Extreme E’s unique strategy becomes increasingly important.

The Extreme E experience is more than simple racing. Each race is accompanied by a legacy program designed to offset damage done by climate change and to erase the footprint caused by the events.

Foust, a biology major from the University of Colorado, was given the chance to rekindle his interest and give back to the environment ahead of the Copper X Prix.

The Atacama is the oldest desert in the world at 150 million years. It is the driest place on earth and has the highest degree of ultraviolet light. And yet somehow life perseveres through underground rivers with oases dating back to Incan times. Foust participated in preparing a local habitat for the reintroduction of a critically endangered water frog to Chile’s longest river, the Loa, which snakes its way through the desert.

“I’m loving the experience,” Foust said. “I’m putting on a lot of Chapstick, a lot of sunscreen. What a fascinating part of the world. I never would have come here otherwise.

“I honestly am very honored to be a part of this sport. I am a huge believer in the fact that motorsports has done us good in the last 100 years. I think we benefit every single time we put our seatbelts on and drive down the road to the lessons learned in racing since the turn of the century. And I really hope motorsports continues that tradition.

“I think that motorsports like [Extreme E] does it in a responsible way, a gender-neutral way and a carbon-neutral way.”