Cooper Webb backed up his A2 win with another in Oakland. Feature photo by: Simon Cudby
Round four of the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship series, and the Oakland SX gave us the first two-time winners for 2019 in both classes. It is hard to imagine a better start to a SX season with just 4 points separating the top four in the 450SX class and just 5 points separating the top four in the 250SX class.
In the 450SX class, Red Bull / KTM’s Cooper Webb grabbed his second career 450 class win in as many weeks and left Oakland with the red plate. Landing on the box with Webb was his Red Bull / KTM teammate, Marvin Musquin, in 2nd and Rocky Mountain ATV/MC / WPS / KTM’s Blake Baggett finishing 3rd.
In the 250SX class, it was Monster Energy / Pro Circuit / Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo scoring his second win of 2019—climbing to 2nd in the points. Once again finishing 2nd and 3rd on the night were the Star Racing / Yamaha boys, Dylan Ferrandis and Colt Nichols.
After the fourth round was in the books, we gathered quotes from the riders to find out how their Oakland SX played out for them.
Cooper Webb: (1st in 450) “Oakland was a great day for me. It was a perfect race – I was able to lead from start to finish. I had some pressure from Marvin at the end but I held on and was able to get a win, so I’m stoked. Two-in-a-row and the first time I’ve had the red plate in my career is pretty amazing, so hopefully we can keep it going. We’ve got a long season ahead but it’s been a great two weekends so we’ll get back to work on Monday. Thank you to the Red Bull KTM Team for believing in me and getting me back here. It was awesome to see KTM dominate tonight with 1-2-3 finishes and 1-2 for me and Marv the last two weekends.”
Adam Cianciarulo: (1st in 250) “We got it done tonight and it feels so good. I wasn’t feeling the best throughout the day, but I was able to turn it around for the main and make it a solid night. I’m so grateful and proud of the entire Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team and we’re all looking forward to keeping this momentum going.”
Marvin Musquin: (2nd in 450) “It was super intense and physically it’s tough out there, I’m definitely getting better. This week I was able to ride all week so I’m getting better and better. That track was definitely difficult for everyone and especially those whoops but I figured it out in the Main and I was able to pass some guys. It’s frustrating, I rode really well, I’m really happy but it could have been mine tonight but it happens, no excuses. I went down but I was the fastest and I was able to pass those guys and be a little more consistent. I’m a little bit bummed, finishing right behind cooper is not fun but it’s good, I’m making progress. Second place is good, it’s a lot of points but I want to win for sure.”
Dylan Ferrandis: (2nd in 250) “The YZ250F was awesome as always this season. It was also another demanding track this weekend, but I was feeling really good, really comfortable. My speed was great, but for sure with better starts it will be easier to win. I want more than second place, and that has had me frustrated, but I had some issues this week and didn’t train a lot. So, I’m happy to be on the box here in Oakland.”
Blake Baggett: (3rd in 450) “I missed. Then I hit. Then I missed and I hit again. So I kind of got the high and low rollercoaster going on, for sure. I guess I need to work on next weekend. The podium [finish] is awesome. I was stoked to get that tonight just because I was burried with a bad start and I didn’t think I was maybe only going to get up to 5th. I pulled through on that, but it’s definitely been a rollercoaster ride for me. ”
Colt Nichols: (3rd in 250) “The track was just really rutty and really demanding. The heart rate was really high, so that’s what made it tough to do consistent laps. A solid podium though, can’t ever complain about that, but of course always want more. Once you’ve won that’s all you want to do, but I’ll take a third for tonight, that’s all I had and move on to the next weekend.”
Eli Tomac: (4th in 450) “We’re in a good position, not only in the point standings but also for the season. I’m healthy and consistently finishing in the top 5. I’ll get back to work with the entire Monster Energy Kawasaki crew and continue to improve each week. It’s all a process and I feel good about this season.”
Ken Roczen: (5th in 450) “Oakland started off pretty good. I felt super good in practice and was super-happy with the bike. I was confident going into the night show and happy to have first gate pick. We had a decent heat race, finishing in second. We had to do some little bike adjustments, just as the track changed. I didn’t have a great start at all but fought my way up to second for a bit. I was struggling in the whoops and started feeling uncomfortable and unfortunately, I went back to fifth. That’s not ideal but we’re leaving healthy. We lost the points lead but only by a couple points; it’s a long season, so if we can take this as our worst race, that’s pretty good. It’s time to regroup and hopefully get back on the podium in San Diego.”
Cameron McAdoo: (5th in 250) “Last night was a great step in the right direction for me, leading the heat race until the last lap, and starting and running up front in the main is exactly what I need. The track was so tough, you had to be on your toes at all times. I tightened up about lap six of the main, but with some more time up front running that pace I’m confident I can stay there!”
Justin Barcia: (7th in 450) “Wow. What a day. I had to be really mentally tough. I rode through a lot of pain, but made the best of it. Coming in I knew it would be difficult, but I was pretty optimistic about what I could handle. It was a crazy race for me. It was a difficult track, pretty rough, and I just had to push through the pain. It could have been a lot worse. After last weekend’s crash, I thought I wasn’t going to be able to race but I salvaged some points tonight. I feel like I just need to keep moving forward. Hopefully this week I can work on my body and keep feeling better. We’ll be back at it next weekend in San Diego.”
Michael Mosiman: (6th in 250) “The day was pretty good. Practice went well and I finished really well in my heat race. In the Main Event, I came into the first turn really bad, about 17th, and by the end of the first lap I had made my way up to fifth. I passed into fourth for a bit and the pace is really fast up there! It’s something I need to work on, learning to run that pace for a whole Main Event. I made a mistake and got together with another rider, which put me back a few spots and I ended up making my way back to seventh, which is the best Supercross finish of my career so far. Now I have something to build off of going into San Diego next week and we’ll try to get into the top-five.”
Chad Reed: (9th in 450) “I really liked the Oakland track layout. There were nice whoops and ruts. Unfortunately, I again struggled with one-lap speed, but I felt like I would be okay for the heat race and main event. I had a decent start in the heat race and finished fourth. I was really enjoying the main event and began to find a rhythm. I was going to try and make some moves forward. Then I landed on Plessinger’s bike when he crashed in a blind spot. I fought back to ninth. I’m entering a new week with confidence. I have the pieces, but I need to start out the day better and carry that into the night show. We’re heading to one of my favorite races of the series this weekend. San Diego has always been a solid hunting ground for me”
Cole Seely: (11th in 450) “I’m pretty happy with how today went overall. Obviously, my result in the main event didn’t show it as much, but we made a lot of progress. I’m not always the best at qualifying but today I was feeling good and able to get the second-fastest lap. My heat was good too. I was about fifth off the start and finished second so again had a good gate pick going into the main. I was running top-10 in the main when I went down in the sand and got a handlebar to the side. I did what I could to make up as many positions as possible but could only get to 11th. The season is still early and I know I’m building each week, but I really want to get back toward the front and be battling for podiums.”
Garrett Marchbanks: (8th in 250) “I’m happy to return to my goal of finishing in the top 10. Last week was a tough one so the team and I knew we needed a good comeback this week. I’ve put in a lot of work this week and continue to improve. I’m learning a lot and continue to apply that each week. We’re looking forward to San Diego!”
Justin Hill: (14th in 450) “I had a huge endo over a berm in the second qualifying practice. My injuries are yet to be determined. Needless to say, I could barely ride throughout the night program. My left shoulder was getting considerably worse as the racing continued. On the bright side, we had excellent gains with the bike setup before the big crash. I have a fantastic team of people to help me rehab this week and make sure I am structurally okay to get back to work”
RJ Hampshire: (13th in 250) “Practice went well and felt good. Figured my starts out but had that crash in the heat in the sand and it kind of just spiraled from there all night. A good start in the main and then I over jumped the triple out of the turn into the rhythm and just lost the front. Tweaked my bike up which caused a couple more crashes. A really tough main but I’ll regroup and be ready for San Diego.”
Aaron Plessinger: (19th in 450) “Oakland Supercross was a pretty tough one. I was kind of struggling all day. I felt good in the last practice even though the times didn’t really show. In the main, I got a good start but then stalled it on the wall jump. I had to jump off, then someone landed on my bike and bent it all up. I had to pull in twice to straighten it out. I’m still happy with the way I rode and the progress we made on my starts, but stuff happens. We’ll move forward. Now that I know I can run with those guys, just need to keep the pace and keep working.”
Jimmy Decotis: (15th in 250) “Oakland was looking like a promising night for the whole JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team. I qualified third in both of my practices and won my heat race. I was feeling really comfortable and fast on my Suzuki RM-Z250. Unfortunately, I got off to a bad start in the main event and crashed in the whoops. It took me a while to get going and back on the track. I’m bummed on the result, but I feel like I’m riding really well right now. We are going to get the results. Thanks to everyone on the team for helping me all weekend. I love riding for JGRMX and having like-minded people in my corner”
Joey Savatgy: (21st in 450) “I was feeling good and the bike was great all day. It was so exciting and such a good feeling to win my first heat race in the premier class. I was a little squirrelly off the gate in the main but managed to recover quickly and stay in front. Unfortunately, things happen in racing and stuff like this happens to the best of us. I’m proud of my entire team and we’ll have and just keep grinding.”
Enzo Lopes: (DNQ in 250) “t was a tough day. I struggled in practice, especially in the whoops. I didn’t qualify well, but I went to the heat with a fresh mindset. I had a great start, but someone cross-jumped in front of me and I crashed, and my bike was all bent up. I had a good start in the LCQ, but someone ran me wide and I crashed. I couldn’t keep going, because the bike was so bent up. It was out of my hands at that point. I’ll keep on fighting to finish where I belong”