News 24 Feb 2024

Late drama sees Webb take Arlington 450SX victory

Two crashes from race leader Jett Lawrence see him finish off the podium.

Image: Octopi Media.

A dramatic 450SX main event saw Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha’s Cooper Webb snatch a late AMA Supercross victory inside Arlington’s AT&T Stadium, as leader Jett Lawrence stumbled twice in the dying laps.

A near-perfect jump off the gate saw Team Honda HRC’s Lawrence grab the holeshot from Cooper Webb and his brother Hunter Lawrence and steadily build a lead, that at one point, nudged five seconds.

Behind the leading group carnage unfolded early, with Eli Tomac, Ken Roczen, Malcolm Stewart and Jason Anderson all crashing in separate incidents on the opening laps.

Tomac (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) then put in one of his signature aggressive performances to work his way forward from 16th to take over third from Red Bull KTM’s Aaron Plessinger as the main event entered its final stages.

Further up front, Lawrence drifted wide off a jump and crashed, handing the lead to Webb with just a handful of laps left to run.

Lawrence desperately tried to close the gap, but on the last lap tangled with lapper Vince Friese (SmarTop MotoConcepts Honda) and again went down, allowing Tomac and Plessinger to claim the remaining podium places.

Jett and Hunter finished fourth and fifth respectively, ahead of Red Bull KTM’s Chase Sexton and Justin Cooper (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha). Roczen (Progressive Insurance Ecstar Suzuki), Stewart (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Racing) and Anderson (Monster Energy Kawasaki) completed the top 10 positions.

Lawrence still leads the 450SX points standings, but his margin has been trimmed to three points over Webb (135 to 132), with Plessinger just four points further back.

Round eight of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship will be held next Saturday at Daytona.

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