News 28 Apr 2019
East Rutherford win takes Webb one step closer to supercross title
First-career 250SX East victory puts Sexton in box-seat for championship.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb has taken another step toward the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship with a spectacular victory at East Rutherford.
Webb claimed his seventh win of the year in New Jersey to extend his 450SX lead to 23 points with just one round remaining next weekend.
It was Webb who led the opening two laps before Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Kawasaki) took charge, only to crash toward the midway point. That enabled Webb to regain the lead and overcome a challenge from Zach Osborne (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing) to take the chequered flag.
Behind them, Tomac had put on another charge until going down once again, but managed to remount for third to keep his title hopes barely alive. Fourth was Blake Baggett (Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM), with Marvin Musquin (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) filling the top five.
In the penultimate round of 250SX East it was Chase Sexton (Geico Honda) who broke through for a timely first win, eventually topping the podium over Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha teammates Mitchell Oldenburg and Justin Cooper.
Early leader Martin Davalos (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) was fourth at race’s end, with Brandon Hartranft (Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha) fifth. Previous points-leader Austin Forkner (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) exited after further damaging his injured knee while in podium contention.
That leaves Sexton in the box-seat for the championship, now nine points ahead of Cooper, with Forkner – potentially out for the season – another 13 points in arrears entering the Las Vegas finals in Nevada next Saturday, 4 May.