All three 2019 AMA Supercross Championships were to be decided at the Las Vegas Supercross, the season finale of the 17-round series, and all three were guaranteed to go to somebody who had never won that title before. While Red Bull KTM’s Cooper Webb was a lock for the 450SX title, needing to finish in 20th place or better to guarantee the championship, the 250SX East and 250SX West titles were much closer; but still not incredibly close. And one of those titles ended up being a surprise.
Las Vegas Supercross 2019 450SX Video Highlights
Las Vegas Supercross 250SX East-West Shootout Video Highlights
Webb Takes 450SX Championship At Las Vegas Supercross
In the 450SX class, Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Kawasaki) had to win the main event to have any chance whatsoever at the championship, and in the final main event of the year, he grabbed his first holeshot of the season and simply took off. He did his part. Webb, however, started in second, losing that spot early to his teammate Marvin Musquin, and that was more than enough to secure his first ever 450SX title.
Tomac was easily the class of the field, and Webb held off a charge from Ken Roczen for third place, while Zach Osborne (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) scored fifth after winning his first-ever 450SX heat race earlier in the night.
Webb won the title, which extends the streak of supercross championships for the KTM/Husqvarna motorcycle group to five 450SX titles in a row, with three for Ryan Dungey from 2015-2017, then Jason Anderson in 2018, and now Webb in 2019.
“It’s been an incredible journey,” Webb said. “This KTM team believed in me, they took me in and transformed me back to where I always knew I could be. This year was not expected at all, and I can’t thank them enough for giving me this opportunity to get back into this level and to do it this way is unreal. It’s a dream come true, I’ve had it since I was a little kid. It’s an incredible feeling.”
Red Bull KTM Wins Another Supercross Title
Red Bull KTM Team Manager, Ian Harrison, said, “It’s a little surreal right now to win this championship with Cooper. I’ve been through it before many times with Roger [De Coster] but to be in this position – it hasn’t quite sunk in. Going from finishing ninth in the championship last season, we weren’t expecting too much from Cooper in the beginning – we were hoping for one win. Once he got the one, then he did it again and his confidence went up from there and he really managed his races well. I think he was outstanding, but last round in New York when he wasn’t feeling well and he came through in the clutch time with a win, that’s the test of a true champion and he did it.”
Webb’s teammate, Musquin, finished out the season in third behind Webb and Tomac.
In the 250SX East/West Shootout, Dylan Ferrandis (Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha) did just like Tomac would later do in the 450SX class; Ferrandis knew he had to win in Las Vegas to have a shot at stealing the title away from Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo, and he grabbed a rare (for him) good start and took off with the main-event win. Behind him, Cianciarulo worked his way into third, which was good enough to win the title, but then Cianciarulo cross-rutted, went down, bent his bike, and was relegated to an eventual 20th-place finish.
Ferrandis took the West title in a somewhat suprprising upset by virtue of a clutch performance and consistent riding all season.
Great Night For Geico Honda At Las Vegas
In the 250SX East, the title was effectively decided early in the East/West Shootout, as Ferrandis’s teammate Justin Cooper suffered a bad start while points leader Chase Sexton of the Geico Honda team started inside the top five.
Sexton rode a solid main event to finish fourth, while Cooper finished eighth, and Sexton took his first professional championship.
The racers all get a single weekend off before the 2019 Motocross Nationals kick off at Hangtown on May 18.
Ferrandis Wins 250SX East/West Shootout And 250SX West Title
Las Vegas Supercross 450SX Results And Final Point Standings 2019
Las Vegas 250SX East/West Shootout Results
2019 250SX West Final Point Standings
2019 250SX East Final Point Standings
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Las Vegas Supercross Qualifying Results 2019
Qualifying is complete at the Las Vegas Supercross 2019. The final round of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series wraps up tonight at San Boyd Stadium, and it’s so far so good for 450SX points leader Cooper Webb who stands a excellent chance of wrapping up his first title. All he has to do is transfer to the main event via the evening heat races and pretty much just finish the main and he will be our new Monster Energy AMA Supercross Champion.
Eli Tomac Quickest At Las Vegas Supercross Qualifying
Cooper (Red Bull KTM) qualified for the evening program with a safe fifth in the afternoon sessions.
Eli Tomac, however, seems to be the safe bet to win tonight. He has to, because he is the only rider with a mathmatical chance of beating out Cooper for the title. And he’s been flying all day. Tomac (Monster Energy Kawasaki) controled the 450SX qualifying and finished up with the quickest combined time with a 58:242.
Marvin Musquin, Cooper’s Red Bull KTM teammate, qualifed second with a 58.670, and Ken Roczen (Honda HRC) is right there in third with a 58.99. They are the only three riders in the 58-second bracked. There are six riders in the 59s: Zach Osborne, Webb, Justin Brayton, Justin Bogle, Blake Baggett and Justin Hill.
Both East and West regions are racing tonight in the 250SX East/West Shootout, and both class championships will also be decided tonigh. Unlike the 450SX class, both East and West Championships are far from decided.
Sexton Top 250SX East Qualifier
In the West, it’s going to be a showdown between class leader Adam Cianciarulo and Dylan Ferrandis. Cianciarulo leads Ferrandis by just eight points. The two riders battled for top times this afternoon, with Cianciarulo edging out Ferrandes with a 59.589 to Ferrandis’ 59.691. RJ Hampshire is third quickest with a 59.852.
It’s nearly as close in the 250SX East Championship, where Chase Sexton leads Justin Cooper by just nine points.
However, neither Sexton nor Cooper head the charts after 250SX East qualifying. Instead, it’s the surging Mitchell Oldenburg who busted out the quickest lap time of the afternoon with a 59.150, followed by Sexton with a 59.380, and Martin Davalos with a 59.881. Cooper is next best with a 1:00.605, with Alex Martin rounding out the top five with a 1:00.702.
It’s warm and dry in Las Vegas, so weather won’t be a factor tonight, but the track has some challenging sections, most notably a lengthy whoop section that runs nearly the entire length of the field.
Las Vegas Supercross 450SX Qualifying Results 2019
Las Vegas Supercross 250SX East Results 2019
Las Vegas Supercross 250SX West Results 2019