There are only five more rounds of Supercross remaining to decide the champion! This week is Round 13 at Houston and the championship competition is as heated as it’s ever been.
In the 450 class, Cooper Webb still holds the championship lead by 14 points over Marvin Musquin, 19 points over Eli Tomac, and 23 points over Ken Roczen. Although Webb has over a half-race lead over Musquin, it feels much tighter than that. Musquin has won two back-to-back races now in Indianapolis and Seattle. As most of you have probably seen, Musquin was docked seven points last week after jumping on a red cross flag – otherwise Webb would have only a seven point lead! In both main events at Indy and Seattle, Musquin got out to the early lead, put his head down and focused on hitting his lines and riding his race to maintain the position. If he has truly figured out his starts, Webb could be in trouble. We haven’t seen Musquin get beat from behind much this season. It seems that the races in which he finishes behind Webb, are the ones where Webb starts at the front and Musquin has to work his way forward. Has Musquin figured something out?? Only time will tell. Somehow, we’re not really talking about Tomac for this championship regularly – he has been inconsistent this season and just doesn’t seem to be riding with the same drive that he has had in past seasons. Then there is Roczen. Roczen got off to a great start this season but has had some “okay” finishes recently. The Honda HRC rider found himself on the podium at Seattle and will look to keep that up this weekend as well.
Another thing to consider is that Houston marks the third and final Triple Crown event of the season. Cooper Webb was able to win the first Triple Crown at Anaheim 2, with a 1-1-3 night, while Eli Tomac took the win in Detroit with a 1-1-6. Ken Roczen finished fourth in both events and Musquin earned a 2nd and a 6th after having a bad night in Detroit. Any of these four riders could take the overall win and it seems like they are all pretty equally matched when they aren’t having to battle through the pack. The winner may be determined simply by who can get the better starts throughout the night.
In the 250 class, it will be the West Region riders lining up, all chasing down the points leader, Adam Cianciarulo. The Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider currently leads the standings by 12 points over Dylan Ferrandis, 40 points over Shane McElrath, and 42 points over Colt Nichols. Having a 40+ point lead over McElrath and Nichols nearly eliminates them from the hunt (barring an injury to Cianciarulo). Add in the fact that McElrath is out with a back injury and Nichols sustained a leg injury last week in Seattle that he will have to ride through, I think it’s safe to assume it’s a two-man race at this point. Ferrandis is down by just 12 points, which makes it even closer than the 450 championship. Additionally, Ferrandis was able to put together a second overall at the Triple Crown in Anaheim, while Cianciarulo only managed a fifth. Although, it looked like Cianciarulo caught fire before the West Region’s break, Ferrandis was able to better him last week at Seattle as well. If Ferrandis can notch a few more wins, he may be able to sneak up and win this championship and he may be primed for another win this weekend in the Triple Crown format.
The champion CERTAINLY has not yet been crowned in either class, which will make for some more exciting racing this weekend in the Lone Star State.