The Tomac Smack
By the looks of the last few weeks it looked as if Ken Roczen was going to win at every stop this Supercross season, and he almost did it again in Oakland. Although Roczen has been on a tear, Eli Tomac has been on his own race rampage taking the overall top spot in Oakland. The 450SX Class has an immense amount of talent and has been a real competition all year. Although, Roczen was racing well, Tomac was racing better. Don’t forget about Cooper Webb either, because he solidified his presence and has stayed in the mix all season thus far.
The 250SX Class is no different, a great number of contenders and talent exist on the 250 level. Dylan Ferrandis took home a big win at the Main Event win for the second time this season in Oakland. Although Ferrandis took home the top spot on the podium, Austin Forkner had a strong race and led through the first ten laps. As it gets further into the Supercross 2020 season, it is clear who the strong, consistent riders are in both classes.
450SX Class Review
It was a hard fought battle in the 450SX Class this past weekend in Oakland, Ca. Team Honda’s Ken Roczen looked promising through the first half of the race, but Eli Tomac had other plans. When Tomac’s name gets brought up the first word that comes to mind is speed, and Tomac showed the reason for that in Oakland. Even after the mistakes he made on the track that gave Roczen ease to pass, Tomac still made sure Roczen and the 45,000 fans in Oakland knew what he was capable of.
After Tomac’s aggressive pass on Ken Roczen aka “Rocky” it looked as if the podium was set going into the final seconds of the race, but last year’s champion, Cooper Webb, imposed his will on the track and made a last second pass on Roczen as well. The pass caused a slight collision which resulted in a minor injury to Roczen’s right foot. Roczen stated in a post-race interview that he wasn’t sure if the collision was the cause of his swollen foot, or if it had gotten rolled up on by his bike. He was released as of yesterday and is set to race this weekend in sunny San Diego.
As Supercross fans and enthusiasts look forward to this weekend there are riders that deserve some consideration although they haven’t graced the podium in the past couple weeks. Riders such as Adam Cianciarulo, Jason Anderson, Justin Barcia, Blake Bagget, and Malcom Stewart have incredible potential to steal a win in San Diego and increase their point totals. These riders have been in the mix, and some have even seen the podium a couple times this season.
We are hopeful for this promising group amongst other dark horses to make an aggressive push and disrupt the competition. The stage is set, and the weather is looking good coming into sunny Southern California for week six of Supercross 2020.
450SX Class: Oakland Results and Championship Standings
450SX Class Results
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki
2. Cooper Webb, Clermont, Fla., KTM
3. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda
4. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki
5. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna
6. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha
7. Dean Wilson, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna
8. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Honda
9. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM
10. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda
450SX Class Championship Standings
1. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (113)
2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (110)
3. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha (98)
4. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna (96)
5. Cooper Webb, Clermont, Fla., KTM (95)
6. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki (90)
7. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda (75)
8. Justin Brayton, Charlotte, N.C., Honda (73)
9. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (69)
10. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (63)
250SX Class Review
Dylan Ferrandis took home first place in Oakland and took the points lead over Monster Energy – Star Yamaha’s Justin Cooper in an intense competition. Ferrandis was asked if he was worried about the parameters of his probation after making a somewhat aggressive pass on Austin Forkner that caused Forkner to exit the track momentarily. The AMA commented on the pass that Ferrandis made and stated that it did not violate his current probation.
After the race Forkner alluded to the fact that Ferrandis beat him through the whoops and that the pass was because of that. He commented further to say there is no other excuse besides that he got beat. While being happy with the way he rode and where his fitness is at the moment, Forkner looks to improve this weekend in San Diego. With a very small difference in points totals for the 250SX Class, this weekend should ramp up to be a great race between the contenders.
Furthermore, the top three points total leaders are just within ten points of each other. The top two spots have a difference of just two points, making for something to look forward to between Ferrandis who is the current points leader, and Forkner who holds second place. Similar to the 450SX Class there are some riders that Supercross fans would like to see make a push and accelerate into the competition. Riders like Brandon Hartranft, Derek Drake, and Christian Craig once he returns in the Eastern rounds with GEICO Honda team member Jet Lawrence. Both classes have an immense amount of talented riders that could make a push into the middle part of the season as we approach the week 6 races in San Diego.
250SX Class: Oakland Results and Championship Standings
Western Regional 250SX Class Results
1. Dylan Ferrandis, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha
2. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki
3. Justin Cooper, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha
4. Alex Martin, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki
5. Luke Clout, Hemet, Calif., Honda
6. Mitchell Oldenburg, Godly, Tex., Honda
7. Derek Drake, Corona, Calif., KTM
8. Brandon Hartranft, Corona, Calif., KTM
9. Aaron Tanti, Silverdale, NSW, Yamaha
10. Martin Castelo, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna
Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
1. Dylan Ferrandis, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha (109)
2. Justin Cooper, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha (107)
3. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (99)
4. Brandon Hartranft, Corona, Calif., KTM (92)
5. Alex Martin, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki (85)
6. Jacob Hayes, Lodi, Calif., Husqvarna (73)
7. Mitchell Oldenburg, Godly, Tex., Honda (72)
8. Luke Clout, Hemet, Calif., Honda (66)
9. Derek Drake, Corona, Calif., KTM (64)
10. Michael Mosiman, Menifee, Calif., Husqvarna (63)