When the gates dropped for the night’s 450cc class main event at this fifth round of the Monster Energy Supercross Championships at Oakland, it was once again Germany’s Ken Roczen who lead the field through the first turn with Adam Cianciarulo and Tomac on his rear wheel.
Tomac quickly made the pass on his team-mate for second position, but Cianciarulo promptly responded, making a move Straight back while behind them Webb moved into 4th.
Webb put some pressure on Toamc for third, but a small mistake took the pressure back off Tomac.
With 12 minutes left to run, Tomac forced the issue with Cianciarulo, putting in a little bump and run move to take over second position.
Anderson, who started just inside the top ten, worked his way into 5th position by the halfway mark of the race. Still, the real action was about to head up out front, and with nine minutes left to run, Tomac made his move for the lead making a clean pass on Roczen as the two riders approached lappers for the first time.
Barcia was another rider on the move, coming from the last-chance qualifier (LCQ), his start in the main left him well outside the top 10, but worked hard to move into 6th as the race wound down.
Back up front, Tomac made a mistake in the sand section, losing control and running off the track, allowing Roczen to re-take the lead.
The lead was short-lived by Roczen, with Tomac re-passing Roczen after the triple for the second time in the race, while at the same time, Webb moved by Cianciarulo for third and set after Roczen in second.
At the line Tomac took the win, with Webb putting a last turn pass on Roczen for second position, with the two riders making contact, leaving Roczen to limp off his bike with what looked to be a leg injury in third.
Cianciarulo held on to finish 4th with Jason Anderson in 5th and Justin Barcia in 6th
Dean Wilson worked his way through the field to finish 7th ahead of Justin Hill in 8th, Blake Baggett in 9th with Malcolm Stewart rounding out the top ten.
In the championship standings, Roczen continues to hold down the points lead by a narrow three points from Tomac, with Barcia 12 points further back in 3rd. Anderson holds down 4th just two points behind Barcia, with Webb one point further back in 5th after his second-place finish.
Photo courtesy Simon Cudby
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