ASK THE MXPERTS: HOW DOES THE 250 EAST/WEST WORK IN VEGAS?
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I wish that Feld would stop coming up with crackpot ideas about play-offs, two motos and more races for the 450 class, when they could improve the whole show by making the 250 East/West class into a true to-life AMA 250 Supercross Championship by eliminating the dual-coast system completely. However, that is not my point. How, exactly is this year’s Las Vegas East/ West Supercross Challenge going to be run. They keep changing it. Give me the scoop.
Here are the pertinent facts about Saturday night’s 250 races.
There will be a 250 East heat race and a separate 250 West heat race. The top 9 from each of these heats will go directly to the main event. The final four riders will be selected from a Last Chance race at 8:09 p.m. The 22 qualifying East/West and Last Chance riders will advance to the main where they will race against each other—and they will earn points for their respective coast Championships based on where they finish. There will be no 4th place 250 East rider getting first place points. If you finish 4th, you will get 4th place points.
The 250 West is already clinched by Justin Hill, but in the 250 East Jordon Smith, Zach Osborne and Joey Savatgy will have to battle through the 250 West riders to find each other. All three are only one point apart. Whichever one them finishes in front of the other two will be the Champion—unless they tie. In which case the title will go to the 250 East rider with the most wins — which is Zach Osborne. Bring your calculator to the couch with you.
SATURDAY NIGHTS LAS VEGAS RACE SCHEDULE
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