The return of Monster Energy Supercross has delivered on all fronts, and Sunday’s fifth edition in Salt Lake City was no different for the 15th round of the series.
WEBB’S TITLE DEFENCE OVER?
Reigning champion Cooper Webb has been on a charge since the return of Supercross, scraping his way back into title contention with a pair of race wins. While still quite a distance from leader Eli Tomac, Webb entered SLC5 27 points behind the number three, making up a further two points on Sunday.
Webb had the chance to make up even more points though, leading the early stages of the main event before Ken Roczen stormed by for victory, which may have just sealed his fate in the title chase.
The chance to make up more points and ensure the title comes down to the finale was crucial for the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider, and while anything can happen in Supercross, he still has Roczen to challenge with as Tomac is likely to earn the championship.
LAWRENCE SCORES CAREER FIRST PODIUM… FROM 11TH!
Jett Lawrence took the industry by storm in his first few Supercross races at the beginning of the year before crashing out with injury, and he’s continued to live up to the hype in the return of 250SX West, landing a career-first podium on Sunday.
What’s amazing is his performance to get on the box - the Geico Honda rookie from Australia crossed the line in P11 on lap one, putting in a stunning ride to wind up third at the chequered flag. I can’t wait to see what this 16-year-old delivers next!
SHINGLES NOT A DRAMA FOR ROCZEN
Leading into SLC5, German ace Roczen revealed he tested positive for shingles, which came after explaining to fans that he had been suffering breathing issues. For those unaware, shingles can provide symptoms such as fever, fatigue, headaches, and of course, a nasty rash.
It didn’t seem to slow the Team Honda HRC rider down, as he stormed by Webb to secure a commanding main event win, promoting him to second in the championship standings while keeping his slim title chances alive.
FORKNER HUNGRIER THAN EVER
Love him or hate him, Austin Forkner has shown some real hunger and desire for a career-first title in the professional ranks. The Pro Circuit Monster Energy Kawasaki rider has stirred his rivals and fans over the last two 250SX West races - most notably with his altercations with the Lawrence brothers, and a hard pass on Dylan Ferrandis - but despite the drama that’s unfolded around him, he’s come through with two pivotal main event wins.
The win on Sunday afternoon puts him to just seven points behind defending champion Ferrandis, which positions him strongly for the crown, especially when you take into consideration his blistering form and Ferrandis’ seemingly inconsistent run of results.