MINNEAPOLIS — With temperatures below zero outside U.S. Bank Stadium, Cooper Webb thrilled 47,421 fans inside the home of the Minnesota Vikings with his third Monster Energy AMA Supercross victory of the season on Saturday night.
The Minneapolis venue marked the beginning of the
Eastern Regional 250SX class series, where Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner put himself atop the results sheet.
Webb hugged the inside of the first turn to grab the holeshot, but Monster Energy Kawasaki’s rookie Joey Savatgy slipped into the lead before the second turn.
Savatgy, who was the fastest qualifier earlier in the day, rode smoothly and without any major mistakes even with the pressure of Webb, Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen, round two winner Team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS’ Blake Baggett, and Webb’s teammate at Red Bull KTM Marvin Musquin on him the whole time.
Point leader Eli Tomac, teammate of Savatgy on Monster Energy Kawasaki, was pinched off at the start and found himself in 16th place with a lot of ground to make up if he wanted to hold onto the red plate that marks the point leader.
Savatgy was alternately pulling a small gap on Webb or fending off heavy pressure from the KTM rider. Just past the half way point Savatgy made a bobble after a triple and Webb got past. Webb opened a quick gap on the pack, and when Roczen finally passed into second the gap to Webb was over three seconds.
Baggett and Musquin also made their way past Savatgy in the final quarter of the race, then Baggett shorted a jump in the rhythm section and walked off the track and out of the race. Webb brought the win home, and Roczen crossed in second, earning the red plate and point lead.
“Man, I’m stoked, I really am,” Webb said. “I sat here in the Asterisk Rig [Mobile Medical Unit] the last two years, one with a blown-out shoulder, and last year with with a broken leg. And last year I contemplated a lot sitting right here in this very, exact stadium. It’s pretty bittersweet. It’s funny how the world goes ’round and, you know, it can be such a devastating moment in racing one year and the next year you’re at the highest of highs. So, it’s a pretty incredible journey, for sure, and man, just three wins is insane, it really is. I’m stoked, man, I really am. And to have it clicking like this and I really enjoy these East Coast tracks. You know it was hard to pass but [I] stayed patient and waited for a mistake from Joey and was able to capitalize and ride my own race and it was awesome out there.”
“I had a little wheelie on the start and came around in third and was just in third for forever,” Roczen said. “It’s really hard to pass out here. I mean, it gets rutty but we’re all taking kind of similar lines and it was tough. Once I got by Joey – I wish I could have had a clear lap earlier because I feel like I could have done a charge towards the end. But I’m happy with the second place. I only got to ride once this week, so we came here, and we got second, back in the points lead. [I] do want to win but it’s all good, [to] get out of here healthy.”