Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Jake Weimer took another win, but not in the dominant style in which he topped the opening round. This time Weimer had his work cut out for him, as the race at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona saw three different leaders throughout its 15 laps. Weimer’s former teammate Ryan Morais came close to nabbing his first win, but Weimer was barely able to regain control of the race in the last laps in what was a nail-biter of a finish.

In the main event, Josh Hansen got the holeshot but soon hit the ground hard as Blake Wharton gave him a nudge coming into the second turn. Hansen hisided and slapped the ground hard, effectively ending his bid at the race win. Wharton ran off with the lead with Weimer in tow followed by GEICO Powersports Honda’s Trey Canard and Rockstar Canidae Suzuki rider Morais.

It wasn’t long before Morais got around Canard and then squeaked around Weimer to move into second, with Wharton still leading the charge. The last laps of the race brought the top-three in tight for an incredible battle in the last few laps.

Morais closed the gap on Wharton and began to pressure him for the lead, and Weimer pulled in to make it a three-way battle. At nearly the same time, Weimer and Morais both got by Wharton, and Morais was looking at his first Supercross win. But just before the white flag, Weimer ducked to the inside of a 180-degree turn and gained control of the race. Morais tried to stay on his heels in the last lap, but had to settle for second.

Wharton rounded out the podium after successfully fending off a last-lap charge by Troy Lee Designs Honda rider Wil Hahn, who finished fourth. Star Yamaha’s Broc Tickle rounded out the top five followed by Hahn’s TLD Honda teammate, Cole Seeley.

Canard, who steadily moved backwards in the main, settled for a modest seventh place finish followed by factory KTM’s Tommy Searle. Robert Kiniry and Phillip Nicoletti rounded out the top 10 in Phoenix.

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Jean Turner | Contributor

A former staffer at Cycle News, Turner continues to contribute to the website and magazine as a columnist and someone we can count on to whip up a few thousand words on an off-road race when needed.

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