2021 Salt Lake City 2 Supercross Recap

All the expected champions left with trophies in-hand but one made a rather strong statement to finish the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross series on Saturday for Round 17 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt lake City, UT.

The 450 and both 250 classes needed the final round of the season to determine the champion but even with nearly insurmountable leads by Cooper Webb, Colt Nichols and Justin Cooper any one of them crashing out could have made it very interesting. That being the case...

Webb fully claimed his second 450 class title by winning his eighth round of the year and not settling for a podium or even cruising around mid-pack to ensure the championship. Webb got a great start in second-place and initially seemed content to let Ken Roczen have the win as Webb only needed to finish in the Top 19 to claim the title over Roczen. Webb briefly dropped to third place after getting passed by Chase Sexton who was blitzing through the whoops and he eventually took over the lead from Roczen. Then...

With just more than seven minutes remaining Webb bumped Roczen coming out of a turn putting the eventual champion into the runner-up spot and with less than four minutes left Webb chased down Sexton, cruised to the win and claimed the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross Championship. Inexplicably, Roczen dropped like a rock after Webb bumped him wide and finished 10th. Perhaps because at that point he was already in-line for second on the season anyway. The no-longer reigning Champion Eli Tomac already had third-place for the year nailed down and he finished ninth for Round 17.

Lost in all the hoopla was Marvin Musquin, who found a year-end surge finishing second on the night, a week after getting his first Supercross win in two years. Sexton rounded out the Round 17 podium. Dylan Ferrandis took fourth finishing seventh on the year and secured 450 class Rookie of the Year honors.

The 250 East/West Showdown posted little drama as Nichols grabbed the holeshot and led for much of the race until Jett Lawrence passed with just more than three minutes left. Nichols backed down allowing Lawrence to get by in the whoops and held on for a second-place finish - keeping his season long podium streak alive - as well as the 250 East Championship. Justin Cooper, who was bumped off the track in his Heat race by Hunter Lawrence in an effort to thwart his title hopes, cruised around in the Top 10, finished ninth on the night and easily secured the 250 West title. Lawrence who took third on the night was 20 points behind Cooper in the standings and really had no chance in claiming the regional championship with Cooper lining up behind the gates.

The 17-round 2021 Supercross season came to a successful conclusion, navigating the pandemic waters with relative ease and incorporated midweek racing which became a fan favorite during the 2020 season when the final seven rounds were completed during the course of three weeks. And no cardboard cutouts!

On to the 2021 Motocross season which begins May 29 at Fox Raceway in Pala, CA. Until then, live Salt Lake City 2 all again.

2021 Salt Lake City 2 Supercross