2021 Arlington 1 Supercross Recap
Cooper Webb took control of the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross series with a resounding Round 10 win on Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX in the first of three straight dates in the Lone Star state.
The win gives Webb, the 2019 450 class Champion, the Red Plate for the first time this season and also marked redemption of sorts as Arlington was the place last year when he somersaulted in midair with his bike in a spectacular crash that ultimately did not end his season, but certainly inhibited his ability to defend his title as he was unable to repeat and finished second in the standings.
At any rate, Webb quickly passed Dean Wilson for the lead on the first lap and checked out for his fifth straight podium and fourth win of the season, tops among everyone in the 450 class. Ken Roczen who held the points lead since Round 3 drops to second, seven points back of Webb. Roczen got stuck midpack at the start and worked his way to 6th place from 13th. It’s only the second time Roczen has finished outside the Top 5 this year but marks the third straight round finishing off the podium.
Justin Barcia followed Webb in second for his fourth podium of the year and inched closer to Tomac for third place in the standings, now 14 points back of third-place. Jason Anderson, who qualified first, finished third for his first podium of the year. He was narrowly t-boned by Malcolm Stewart whose apparent retaliation attempt on Anderson from a previous skirmish went awry sending Stewart off the bike and his body off the track. Anderson, the 2018 450 class Champion sits in seventh place in the standings and has time to work his way into the Top 5 for the year. Last week’s Daytona winner and reigning Champion Eli Tomac also got bogged down midpack but only managed an eighth-place finish after a 16th place start.
In the 250 West class, rookie Seth Hammaker become the third different winner in the three rounds raced so far this year and he too looked untouchable. Hammaker grabbed the holeshot and had little issues up front after Jordon Smith, who was on the chase, hit the tuff blocks with 13 minutes left. Smith would later crash out. Hunter Lawrence finished second for his first podium of the year and last week’s winner Cameron McAdoo took third. McAdoo holds on to the Red Plate and extends his lead to six points over Justin Cooper who finished fourth. Cooper, who finished second in the class for 2020 and won the opening round, now has two straight fourth-place results.
Riders remain in Texas for Round 11 on Tuesday at AT&T Stadium. Until then, check out the photos below and live Round 10 all again.