American Cooper Webb once again led the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team to a 1-2 sweep in the 450SX class with victory at Saturday’s Houston SX Triple Crown, round 13 of the AMA Supercross Championships in the United States.
With 2-1-3 main event finishes on Saturday, Webb edged out his team-mate Marvin Musquin (5-3-1) by only three points for the overall win in Texas.
Webb’s eighth-place qualifying position left more to be desired early in the day but he quickly turned things around as he powered his KTM 450 SX-F into a favourable start position in the first main event of the night.
He battled for third early on with Musquin, where he eventually made his way into second. In main event No.2, Webb grabbed the holeshot and immediately put himself out in front of the pack. From there, he never looked back as he led all 16 laps of the race. In main event No.3, Webb got off to a third-place start, engaging in an intense three-way battle early on.
He got into second on lap six and continued to dice back-and-forth before settling into third in the final race. With a consistent string of podium finishes, Webb was able to top the class in the Triple Crown format thus taking home the maximum championship points from round 12.
“It was a great night overall with a 2-1-3, and I got a main event win, which was cool.
“Consistency was key to this race – it’s tough to line up for three Main Events and go to battle with the best-of-the-best, so it’s a good night to get the win, I’m stoked on it!”
For Musquin, the day started off positive with a fourth-place position in timed qualifying. In main event No.1, Musquin was third on the opening lap and he battled with his team-mate Webb early on. The duo diced back-and-forth for the first four laps before Musquin got pushed off the track and dropped to sixth.
From there, he made a charge back up to fourth and as he was gunning for third, he went off the track again and went down. Beginning back in sixth again, Musquin made another big charge to ultimately finish fifth. In main event No.2, Musquin got a sixth-place start and worked his way into third halfway through. He battled in second for the second half of the race but a mistake on the final lap caused him to crash and finish third in the race. Musquin came back swinging for the third main event, as he claimed the lead early on the opening lap. He rode a nearly flawless race to conclude the night on a positive note after leading all 16 laps of the race, contributing to a solid second-overall for the night.
Next Race: Nashville, Tennessee – April 6, 2019
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Results 450SX Class – Houston 2019:
- Cooper Webb (USA), KTM, 2-1-3
- Marvin Musquin (FRA), KTM, 5-3-1
- Dean Wilson (GBR), Husqvarna, 3-2-5
Standings 450SX Class 2019 after 13 of 17 rounds:
- Webb, 288 points
- Musquin, 271
- Tomac, 262
Results 250SX West Class – Houston 2019:
- Dylan Ferrandis (FRA), Yamaha, 2-1-2
- RJ Hampshire (USA), Honda, 3-2-4
- Colt Nichols (USA), Yamaha, 5-4-1
Standings 250SX West Class 2019 after 8 of 11 rounds:
- Cianciarulo, 182 points
- Ferrandis, 177
- Nichols, 142