Musquin managed to pass Hahn for second and staged a late-race charge on Bowers, crossing the finish line just inches apart.
“Right now, I do not know what to say,” said Hahn. “Marvin [Musquin] has been making a string comeback on me, and coming into this race, I may not have been in the most ideal situation, but I am glad I pulled it off.”
“This was an amazing race for me,” said Bowers. “I had a great AMSOIL Arenacross season and come into Supercross ready to put in some good races. This is the perfect way to close out the season.”
GEICO Honda’s Zach Osborne led the field through turn one of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class race, winning the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award with Rockstar Energy Racing’s Ryan Sipes and Davalos in tow. Davalos quickly worked his way into the lead on the opening lap. Coming into tonight’s race, Roczen led GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac by five points in season point standings. Roczen worked his way into third place on the opening lap after starting in fifth place.
On lap four, Roczen advanced to second place as Davalos controlled the lead. Tomac made the best of his sixth place start and began working his way through the field, passing Roczen on lap nine and Davalos for the lead on Lap 11.
Roczen successfully passed Davalos on the 14th lap, which secured the brand’s first-ever 250SX Class Championship.
“I am so happy right now,” said Roczen. “This was a close race tonight and the championship was intense. I really hope that the fans enjoyed tonight’s race. I was riding with a lot of weight [on my shoulders], but I am so excited right now.”
“It was a year of ups and downs,” said Tomac. “This is going to make me better as I make the transition to the 450SX Class next year.”
Newly crowned champion Roczen opened the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout with the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award followed by his teammate Musquin. At the end of the opening lap, Musquin moved into the lead, and on the following lap, the two traded places several times before Roczen made a pass and rode to the first shootout win of his career.
MyPlash Yamaha’s Kyle Cunningham passed Musquin for second place on lap five and rode to the best finish of his career.
“This race was really important to me because this is my last 250SX race in Supercross because I am moving up next year,” said Roczen. “This is my first shootout win and it feels great.”