On the podium Webb said he practiced whoops during the week and felt it showed in the race. “Yeah, in the heat it was fun. He rode great all day and he was the man today. So, I’ve got a lot of respect and, yeah, it was fun in the heat race,” Webb said. “We went back and forth a little bit, but unfortunately in the Main I wasn’t up there to do that. I didn’t get a bad start but kind of was being a little too nice in the beginning and Eli made the passes and made ’em stick and got to the front, and I got stuck going two seconds off the pace. You know, once we got around Joey it was good to lay some laps, and I was happy with that. I really rode well once I got around him and caught Marv and was able to pass him. I felt like I was able to at least be in Eli’s, I don’t know [as fast as his] times, but in his realm by the end. It’s tough, we want to win, but it’s – this track was really hard to pass on, it made for some tight racing. But I enjoy it, it’s fun and like I said, [we’ll] keep it going and hopefully be up there battling for the win [at the next round].”
In the close-fought Western Regional 250SX Class Adam Cianciarulo was the fastest in qualifying, won his heat, and took the victory. He did everything perfect except grab the holeshot, but he came out of the first corner in second, right behind Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Michael Mosiman.
JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki’s Jimmy Decotis was behind them with GEICO Honda’s Cameron McAdoo in fourth and title-challenger Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis back in fifth. As the top three pulled a small gap on the field, Cianciarulo struggled to get past Mosiman.
Five minutes into the 15-minute plus one lap event, Cianciarulo battled side by side with Mosiman for three lanes before making the pass stick. At that point Ferrandis was 3.4 seconds behind and neither gaining nor losing time to Cianciarulo. Ten minutes into the racing Ferrandis got around Mosiman in a back and forth battle through several corners. But by then Cianciarulo had over a seven second lead and brought in the win. Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Colt Nichols made his way into third with about two minutes left on the clock.
The Western Regional 250SX Class riders have only a single round left in the season to determine the champion, and that takes place in a 250SX East/West Showdown at the final event in Las Vegas on May 4
“It’s crazy. At altitude here we have to start in first gear, which we’re not usually used to, which means for me I have to shift second really fast, especially being a little bit of a bigger guy,” Cianciarulo said. “The problem with that is trying to get my foot on the peg while still staying forward; I have a tendency to either double clutch or wheelie. So, the first obstacle was to get the start out of the way, and man, Michael Mosiman has been riding so good the last couple weeks, shout out to him. He really battled me for that win, a little more than I wanted to, but great to see him not scared and not backing down out there.”