Direct updates from the 12th round of the season in California.
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Cooper Webb put his Red Bull KTM atop timesheets with his blistering lap from the first qualifying session. His 2m12.384s lap put him just ahead of Ken Roczen (Team Honda HRC) and Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Kawasaki) who rounded out the top three. Fourth was the newly-crowned champion Dylan Ferrandis (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) with his teammate Christian Craig just behind him as the first rider in the 2m13s range. Sixth was Justin Bogle (Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM) with Brandon Hartranft (Twisted Tea HEP Suzuki), both riders in the 2m14s range. Eighth was Fredrik Noren (KTM) with Max Anstie (Twisted Tea HEP Suzuki) in ninth. The final spot in the top 10 went to Coty Schock (FXR Chaparral Honda).
Justin Cooper (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) managed to snag another pole position before the season’s end with a 2m13.481s lap from the first session, with Jett Lawrence finishing just behind him, less than three-tenths off. Just behind him was his brother and teammate Hunter Lawrence as the first rider in the 2m14s range. Austin Forkner (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) ahead of local rider Max Vohland (Red Bull KTM) rounding out the top five. Jo Shimoda (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) was sixth with another hometown rider Michael Mosiman (TLD Red Bull GasGas) who finishing the session in seventh. Eighth went to Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s RJ Hampshire. While Carson Mumford (FXR Chaparral Honda) and Ty Masterpool (AEO Powersports GasGas) rounded out the top 10.
450 moto one:
Ferrandis, Webb, and Rozcen crossed the line side by side off the opening gate drop, with Roczen grabbing the lead ahead of Craig, Tomac, Webb, and Ferrandis a half lap in. Passes began to get exchanged quickly with riders going back and forth as Roczen settled into the lead. Webb faded back to fifth but began to charge as the first lap ended. After one lap it was Roczen, Ferrandis, Craig, Webb, and Tomac in the top five with Schock, Hartranft, Noren, Ryan Surratt (Kawasaki), and Justin Rodbell (Kawasaki). Roczen broke away at the front, stretching out a two-second gap over second after three laps. With 15 minutes to go, Ferrandis began to close on Roczen as the duo stretched to five seconds ahead of Webb and Tomac. Tomac worked his way around Webb and began to close on the front runners, lapping over a second faster than Ferrandis ahead of him. Just then, Tomac hit the ground in an off-camber corner, dropping back to fourth. After nearly 10 minutes of pressuring, Ferrandis found his way around Roczen with eight minutes to go and began to stretch out a gap immediately. Ferrandis cruised on to an uneventful win with Roczen second and Webb third. Tomac took fourth ahead of Craig, Schock, Hartranft, Surratt, Anstie and Bogle in the top 10.
250 moto one:
Cooper grabbed the holeshot with Hampshire, Forkner, Varize, and Schwartz in the top five. Jett Lawrence was buried outside of the top 10 and hit the ground hard a half lap in. Picking the bike up without a visor, Lawrence picked the bike up and made his way back toward the top 10, eventually getting collected by a rider who crashed in front of him. With 25 minutes left, Lawrence was mired in 22nd, while Cooper sailed away at the front with Hampshire a few seconds behind. While running in third, Forkner encountered an issue with the bike and was forced to push the bike back to the paddock, leaving Schwartz in third. With 18 minutes to go, Jett Lawrence had worked his way into 16th, while Cooper was 2.6s ahead of the pack. At the halfway point, Cooper was out front by 2.8s over Hampshire with Schwartz still in third as Jett Lawrence had worked his way into 11th. Schwartz and Mosiman came together, with Mosiman dropping deep in the order while Schwartz was able to pick his bike up and get back into ninth ahead of Lawrence in 10th. Lawrence worked his way around Schwartz with 3 minutes to go, with seven seconds between him and Jarrett Frye (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) ahead of him in eighth. With a lap to go, Cooper had a few moments, but not enough let Hampshire close the gap. Lawrence caught Frye for eighth, making the pass as Cooper came across the line to take the win. Second was Hampshire with Hunter Lawrence, Shimoda, and Vohland rounding out the top five. Sixth was Kitchen with Varize, Lawrence, Frye, and Schwartz rounding out the top 10.
450 moto two:
Webb grabbed the holeshot through a chaotic start that saw multiple riders hit the ground including Ferrandis. Webb was quickly passed by Craig in the opening corners. Roczen pulled into the pits with a leg injury after connecting with Schock off the start, immediately pulling his boot off, while Craig got away at the front. The top 10 as they came across the line was Craig, Webb, Anstie, Tomac, Hartranft, Moranz, Meshy, Wageman, Copp and Surratt. Tomac worked his way to the back of Anstie for Third, while Webb began to pressure Craig at the front. With 20 minutes to go, Webb worked his way around Craig, with Tomac now past Anstie and immediately pressuring Craig for second. Tomac charged a downhill through a heap of braking bumps to pass Craig for second, then With 12 minutes to go, Tomac put the same move on Webb for the lead. Webb shadowed Tomac, while Ferrandis worked his way into fifth behind Anstie and Craig. In the end, Tomac would take the win ahead of Webb and Ferrandis who charged to third to take the overall win on the day. Fourth went to Craig as Anstie, Hartranft, Bogle, Surratt, Wageman and Gardner took the final spots in the top 10.
250 moto two:
It was Varize with the holeshot ahead of Cooper with Masterpool, Forkner, Shimoda, Vohland and Jett Lawrence just behind. Jett caught the back of Vohland and found himself back in 13th place with a lot of work to do to make it up. After three laps, Cooper was out front ahead of Varize, Forkner, Shimoda, Schwartz, Vohland, Jett Lawrence, Masterpool and Hunter Lawrence in the top 10. At the halfway point it was Cooper, Shimoda, Forkner, Vohland and Lawrence in the top five, as Jett caught the trio of riders in front of him. Lawrence followed Vohland past Forkner to get into fourth just after. With two minutes and two laps to go, Cooper was out front with Shimoda second while Lawrence made his way around Vohland for third. The win went to Cooper from Shimoda, Lawerence, Vohland, Forkner, Hampshire, Schwartz, Hunter Lawrence and Frye in the top 10. Overall, while Cooper won the round from Shimoda and Hampshire, it was Lawrence who clinched the championship by six points in the end, holding on for the title in fifth overall at the finals.