Second win of Supercross season for Tomac in Oakland
Defending champion Webb makes a late move on Roczen for runner-up.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac stood atop the podium for the second time in this 2020 Monster Energy Supercross season with a convincing performance at Oakland tonight.
It was Ken Roczen (Team Honda HRC) who led early, before Tomac made his move into the lead at halfway on the deteriorating circuit.
However, a mistake from Tomac soon afterwards enabled Roczen to retake the advantage. There was no stopping Tomac though, responding with two minutes left on the clock and going on to win by 3.557s.
The major talking point came on the final lap as a fast-finishing Cooper Webb (Red Bull KTM) first passed Adam Cianciarulo (Monster Energy Kawasaki) for third, before striking on Roczen on the final lap at the final corner.
Contact made between the pair – Webb finishing second and Roczen third – appeared to cause Roczen pain in his right leg following the checkered flag. The latter still retains the red plate following five rounds.
Fourth came Cianciarulo despite riding with a bruised tailbone from his crash at Glendale, while Jason Anderson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) rounded out the top five. Sixth was an inspired ride from Justin Barcia, who went through via the LCQ due to an engine failure on his Monster Energy Yamaha in his heat.
It was a strong result for Dean Wilson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) in seventh, with heat two winner Justin Hill (Smartop Bullfrog Spas Motoconcepts Honda), Blake Baggett (Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS) and Malcolm Stewart (Smartop Bullfrog Spas Motoconcepts Honda) in places eight to 10.
In the championship it’s still Roczen who holds the red plate, three points ahead of Tomac as Monster Energy Supercross travels to San Diego next Saturday, 8 February.