Who would’ve ever expected three different race winners, in three different races to start the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross season? Monster Energy Supercross is once again proving to be one the most exciting, and unpredictable racing series out there. This past weekend at Anaheim Stadium which the race is dubbed A2, also brought back the popular Triple Crown format where the 250SX and 450SX Classes will compete in three Main Events.
This format utilized an Olympic-style scoring method, which was used to determine an overall winner in each class from all three Main Events, where the lowest combined score was awarded the overall win. It’s no big secret that SX has come a long way from the days when it was a series that was run before the Stadium Trophy Truck race, for the now defunct Mickey Thompson Off-Road show.
In Saturday’s SX events, it was a one-man show, unlike any other motorsports event where the riders are easily accessible during the pre-race pit party, signing autographs and taking photos with the fans. You add in the high energy pyrotechnics during the driver intros, along with the qualifying races which are run throughout the day and evening leading up the main events.
By the end of the night, it’s no wonder the fans along with the riders, are talking about what transpired during the seven to ten hour action-packed show. There are so many elements that go into making these races so memorable; it’s hard to choose one single jump, pass, or hard side by side racing that stood out more than the other. Saturday night’s Triple Crown format made the evenings race that much more interesting and exciting since the overall race winner depended on where they finished after each of the three main events.
Not to be outdone by Blake Baggett who was a first winner last weekend in Glendale, Arizona. Red Bull KTM rider Cooper Webb became the second first time winner in as many weeks Saturday night at A2. Cooper won the first two main events in the Triple Crown format and finished third in race three to capture the overall win, with Marvin Musquin finishing second, and Eli Tomac who won the third main event finishing in the third spot.
“This year my goal was to win a race in the third round. It was pretty incredible and definitely makes me appreciate things. The hard work is paying off. Just glad these boys believed in me,” said the Webb during the post race press conference.
Webb also added that, “Once you get that taste again, the belief is there. Like I said, for me after that first one, just running up there again, getting used to the pace, actually winning, I feel like a whole new person. It’s cool. It is very special. It hasn’t, I don’t think, set in yet, but we’ll keep digging and keep going.”