ARLINGTON SUPERCROSS | 2018 HIGHLIGHTS
As we wait for round seven of the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross season to get under way in Arlington, Texas we decided to take a trip down memory lane to reminisce on what happened in Arlington last year. The 2018 track in Arlington was unique, it had ruts in the corners, ruts in the whoops and ruts on the jumps. But it was still a very hard pack and slick track. Coming into round round seven last year, Eli Tomac sat twelfth in the point standings and he was 77 points behind Jason Anderson. Eli grabbed his third win of the year in Arlington and then went on to win five more times before finishing third in the Championship, 38 points behind Anderson.
This year Jason Anderson is out with injury, while Eli is tied for third in the Championship, only two points behind Ken Roczen. This is a huge improvement for Eli Tomac when compared to 2018! We’ve seen a different strategy from Eli Tomac, Ken Roczen and Marvin Musquin in 2019. From the outside looking in, it seems like these guys are more focused on consistent finishes rather than wins and so far it’s working out for them. On the other side of the spectrum is Cooper Webb who’s results have been hot and cold. In the main events Cooper has 5-10-1-1-8-1 finishes. So far Cooper is the only rider to win more than one 450 main event this year and that’s what has kept him at the front of the Championship.
In 2018 there was a 42 point gap between the top four in points, this year we have only a two point gap. Having the points so close this far into the series is great for the sport of Supercross and we can’t wait to see what happens next!
250 HIGHLIGHTS | 2018 ARLINGTON SUPERCROSS
Arlington was the first round of the 250 East Championship in 2018 and Zach Osborne proved that he was the rider to beat. Even after a mid-pack start and a crash, Zach was able to slice through the pack and win the opening round. Zach went on to win the 2018 250 East Championship and now he has moved up to the 450 class for 2019. Unfortunately a preseason injury, has had Osborne on sidelines so far this year. He was supposed to make his 450 debut last weekend in Minneapolis, but after only two weeks on the bike he decided to wait one more week and get a little bit more riding time in before he shows up to race. We were told that Zach will making his debut this Saturday in Arlington where he won the 250 class last year.
Arlington marks round two of the 2019 250 East Championship and Austin Forkner is riding on a wave of momentum after commandingly winning the 250 Main Event in Minneapolis. It will be interesting to see if the youngster can repeat the performance again, or if Jordon Smith, Alex Martin or Chase Sexton will claim the checkered flag in Texas.