It was a solid night for Cooper Webb and the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team as they raced their way to a podium finish at Saturday’s Daytona Supercross for Round 10 of the 2020 AMA Supercross Championship. With his second-straight podium finish, Webb has moved into third overall in the 450SX Championship with nine rounds remaining in the season.
It’s been a tough start for the reigning 450SX Champion, who battled sickness early in his title defense and just as he began to hit his stride halfway through the season he suffered a hard crash in Texas that left him bruised and a little broken the last two rounds. He was able to bounce back in Daytona, though, kicking off the day with a third-place qualifying position inside the world-renown Daytona International Speedway.
Lining up in 450SX Heat 2, Webb got off to a second-place jump and he quickly powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION to the lead on the opening lap. With two riders pressuring him from behind, Webb held strong to capture his first heat race victory of the season as he carried a favorable gate pick into the Main Event. In the main, he grabbed a top-five start and raced his way into third by lap three. Determined to reach the lead battle, Webb diligently climbed into second, setting his sights on the leader ahead. He made a couple of mistakes and lost the second-place spot with six laps to go, but he maintained a solid pace in the final laps to secure his seventh podium finish of the season with third.
Webb: “I felt like I put myself in a good position – I was in second and a little way back and Eli [Tomac] was able to get me. I started making a lot of mistakes and let him get away. It’s good to be on the podium, so I’m stoked on that but I’m going to work this week. I think I’m at a point where I’ve finally healed up good enough to try to contend, so I’ll take the podium but I really want to get another win.”
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pierce Brown finished sixth in the 250SX Eastern Regional division following a solid performance in Daytona.
Next Race: Indianapolis, Indiana – March 14, 2020
Results 450SX Class – Daytona
1. Eli Tomac (USA), Kawasaki, 18 laps
2. Ken Roczen (GER), Honda, +0.707
3. Cooper Webb (USA), KTM, +9.882
12. Benny Bloss (USA), KTM
14. Martin Davalos (ECQ), KTM
16. Ryan Sipes (USA), KTM
17. Henry Miller (USA), KTM
20. Daniel Herrlein (USA), KTM
Standings 450SX Class 2020 after 10 of 17 rounds
1. Tomac, 226 points
2. Roczen, 223
3. Webb, 197
12. Baggett, 109
19. Bloss, 34
Results 250SX East Class – Daytona
1. Chase Sexton (USA), Honda
2. Jeremy Martin (USA), Honda
3. RJ Hampshire (USA), Husqvarna
6. Pierce Brown, (USA), KTM
16. Curren Thurman (USA), KTM
19. Dustin Winter (USA), KTM
Standings 250SX East Class 2020 after 4 of 10 rounds
1. Sexton, 98 points
2. McElrath, 88
3. Hampshire, 80