2021 Houston Round 3 Supercross Recap
Three rounds in eight days at one location produced three different winners in the 250 and 450 classes to start the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross series.
Round three on Saturday at NRG Stadium in Houston, handed the Red Plate to Ken Roczen but Cooper Webb stood center podium after a last lap pass on Roczen for the win. Roczen, who led much of the race and looked good for the win, got held up by Dean Wilson allowing Webb to quickly close the gap and get around Roczen for the victory. Roczen showed obvious frustration towards Wilson post-race which reignited the yearly argument on what to do with those riders who get lapped by the leaders, also called lappers. The incident was even trending on that popular search engine that tracks everywhere you go and keeps a log of everything you’ve ever done on the internet. If you watch the racing incident without the hyperventilating broadcast announcers you might come away with a different perspective.
At any rate, despite not winning a round this year, Roczen takes over the points lead by one over Justin Barcia the winner of the opening round who hasn’t reached this podium since. Adam Cianciarulo rounded out the podium in third. Webb moves into second-place in the standings (tied with Barcia) after starting the season in ninth. Defending Champion Eli Tomac finished fifth after winning Round 2 but has moved into fourth-place after opening the season in 13th.
In the 250 class, Colt Nichols finally stood in the center of the podium after standing to the left and right to start the season. Opening round winner Christian Craig took second and has also reached the podium every round so far and will carry the Red Plate along with Nichols into Round 4. Jett Lawrence finished third.
Supercross moves to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN on Saturday for three straight rounds.