THE AFTERMATH | SALT LAKE CITY SUPERCROSS ROUND 12

Cooper Webb Zach Osborne 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12-1691This was the pass for the 450 main event win on Zach Osborne by Cooper Webb. 

THE AFTERMATH | 2020 SALT LAKE CITY SUPERCROSS ROUND 12

Photos and Story by Daryl Ecklund

We have to give it up to FELD and the Dirt Wurx crew for listening to the riders and media about the positives and negative of the first Salt Lake City round and really putting forth their best effort to take that criticism and turn it into a positive. One of the biggest negatives from last Sunday’s race was the track. It was dry, slick, dusty, and was breaking apart by the end of the day of racing. The riders hated it, but of course, dealt with it. However, no one could foretell how the dirt was going to shape up throughout the night. FELD and the Dirt Wurx crew took what they learned and applied it to last night’s race.

ROUND 12 | SALT LAKE CITY SUPERCROSS | FULL COVERAGE

track 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12 pits-8505The Salt Lake track was in much better shape this time around. 

Chase Sexton 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12 HEAT RACES-0478Although the whoops were quite demanding as they got pretty beat up as Chase Sexton demonstrate while his back end comes out halfway through the long whoop section. 

The track was superb in comparison to last Sunday’s conditions. With the race being at night it sure did help, but they were working on the track every chance they got to make it better and safer for the riders. Instead of Shane McElrath lapping up to fifth like he did last Sunday on the technical track he made it up to 12th yesterday, probably due to the improved racing conditions, and the cooler weather for the riders.

The night of racing as a whole was good. Great battles with some breakout rides for riders like Malcolm Stewart who won his first heat race (unfortunately he went down in the first corner of the main event placing 7th still) and Zach Osborne who looked like he was going to win last night but got passed by Cooper Webb with seven laps to go in the 27 lap 450 main event.

Malcom Stewart Cooper Webb 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12 HEAT RACES-0818Malcolm Stewart was lightning fast in his heat race passing Cooper Webb for the win in the whoops. 

Malcolm Stewart 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12 HEAT RACES-0847Malcolm got his first 450 heat race win.

Malcolm stewart 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12-1346He then went down in the first rhythm section off the start of the main event. 

In the 250 class Colt Nichols on the Star Racing Yamaha team looked exceptionally well throughout the night placing second in the 250 East Coast main event. The real warrior in the 250 race was Chase Sexton. He went down on the second lap of the main event and charged his way up to 4th place! He was not happy after the race. He laid his head on his handlebars and didn’t want to talk to anyone. Why? Well, he lost valuable points on the 250 East Coast championship. Shane McElrath is not tied with Chase for the points lead with two rounds left. McElrath has been riding flawlessly by getting good starts and having great speed.

250 start colt nichols 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12-0943Colt Nichols grabbed the 250 main event start with Shane McElrath right behind him. 

Chase Sexton 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12-1200Chase Sexton was more than disappointed in himself. He had a good start but washed his front wheel out (video below) putting him to the back of the pack. He can’t get mad at how he charged back to 4th though. He is now tied in points with McElrath. 

The first lap of the 250 main event was cluttered. 

Shane McElrath 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12-1261Shane walked away with his third win on the season and some new hardware. 

THE WEIRDNESS AT SUPERCROSS HASN’T WENT AWAY, YET

full moon 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12-1314Maybe the day felt weird because it was a full moon. Or maybe because we were racing on a late Wednesday night with no fans and wearing face masks. 

(1) Racing twice a week. I don’t think that a Supercross has ever been held on a weekday, let alone on  a Wednesday night. It was weird, to say the least. But racing two days a week throws everyone off a bit. It is nice in some regard to get the rounds out of the way, but for riders and their team, everything is doubled up on them. The riders don’t really have time to practice during the week and the team has less time to get everything ready again.

450 start 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12 HEAT RACES-0864Racing twice a week sure throws things for a loop. 

(2) Social Distancing. Everyone has got used to the mandatory wearing of face masks already, but it is tough to remember the mandatory six feet distance rule. The media were getting warnings that they were too close together on more than one occasion.

Cooper Webb Jenny Taft 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12-1881Cooper Webb and Jenny Taft keep their distance on the podium. 

Bradi Bowers 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12-0318Tyler Bowers wife, Brandi (who is a Monster girl) taking the necessary precautions. 

cooper Webb carlos rivera 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12-1898Masks are no problem, but remembering to stay six feet apart is another story especially when your rider just won the Main Event.

cooper Webb carlos rivera 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12-1898Kenny kept his face mask on any time he had his helmet off, kind of. 

(3) No fans. I already mentioned the strangeness of having no fans last week, but it didn’t get any more normal this time around, especially since it was a night race. You can hear things you wouldn’t normally get to hear. You can hear the riders yelling at each other on the track and the chatter of the riders and team before a race. There is almost an ongoing awkward silence inside the stadium.  Eli Tomac even said he say to remind himself that this race means something as it seems like a practice day with no fans in attendance.

2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12-1058Yes, those dots in the stand are people. 

All the people in the stands were either team personnel or family of the riders. 

TOP MOMENTS 

Adam Cianciarulo 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12 pits-8523After Adam Ciancairrulo’s crash last weekend (which you can see here) he wasn’t sure if he was going to racing yesterday. Well, he tried. He rode qualifying but said his lower back just wasn’t strong enough. For more information on Adam’s condition click here. 

Adam Cianciarulo 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 11 450 main event-7660Adam after his crash last Sunday. 450 start 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12-1320Notice the three top guys off the start in the left-hand corner. Webb had the wheel on Roczen and Tomac and moved over hard on them. See below. 

450 start 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12-1320In this photo, Webb cuts off Tomac pushing Roczen almost into the banners. 

450 start 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12-1320

cooper webb KTM 450sxf 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12 pits-8593Double trouble. Cooper has two KTM 450SXF factory race bikes just in case he needs a backup over the six races. 

Ben Schiermeyer 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12 qualifying-9139This is Chad Reed’s mechanic, Ben Schiermeyer. Do you notice anything different? See the image below. 

Ben SchiermeyerBen has had these long beard locks as long as we can remember. Did he dare cut it off? It sure looks like it, but we can’t be sure with the mask on. 

It took two people to set the starting device on Roczen’s CRF450. 

The track started to get dusty again at the end of qualifying, but the Dirt Wurx crew reworked the track to get some moisture into it for the night show. 

BLAKE BAGGETT 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12 qualifying-0213Blake Baggert surprised everyone with being the fastest overall 450 qualifier. 

Chase Marquier 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12 HEAT RACES-0362During Chase Marquier’s 250 heat race he doubled the triple and launched off the side of the track from the triple landing to make sure he didn’t get landed on. He landed off the track wide open skating across the plywood. 

Enzo Lopes 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12 HEAT RACES-0419Enzo Lopes pooped his shoulder out in his heat race as you can see he is holding his shoulder in the photo. The video of the crash is below on his Instagram post. 

Enzo Lopes 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12 HEAT RACES-0419Enzo getting carted off by the Alpinestars medical unit. 

CHAD REED 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12 qualifying-0120Chad Reed looks good on a KTM. He has now raced every major brand bike in his career (Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Husky, KTM). Can that be counted as some sort of record?

Shane McElrath 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12 HEAT RACES-0630In Shane McElrath’s heat race he landed off the side of the finish line and went off the track almost crashing. Here he is getting back on the track. 

Cooper Webb 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12 HEAT RACES-0832Cooper Webb almost did the same thing in his heat race as Shane, but Cooper kept his KTM 450SXF on the track, barley. 

Ken Roczen 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12 HEAT RACES-0875Ken Roczen walked away from the pack in his heat race as Tomac got a bad start and couldn’t make up the time. 

450 MAIN EVENT PODIUM 2020 Salt Lake City Supercross Round 12 Heat Race winYour 450 podium finishers from left to right: Eli Tomac, Cooper Webb, Zach Osborne. 

KEN ROCZEN 2020 Salt Lake City Supercross Round 12 Heat Race win-2Kenny didn’t look too happy after the main event finishing 4th as Tomac extended his points lead to 13. 

Shaun Bell cleaning up Justin Barcia’s bike after his heat race. 

We are guessing the Yamaha team is cooling down Barcia’s clutch case. 

Jermey Martin 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12-1130Jeremy Martin rode well to third place. 

Blake Baggett 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12-1496After being the pole qualifier, Blake Baggett had a subpar main event. He started mid-pack and worked his way through the pack then ran into other issues as he finished 14th overall. 

Just Barcia 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12-1544During the main event, there was a triple onto a tabletop that only a handful of riders were doing. It was a much faster line, but it was very difficult to pull off. Here Barcia seat bounces to get over it. 

Just Barcia 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12-1544Here he is over the same jump stretching it out to make it onto the table. 

pit board 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12-1712These are the pit boards of Eli Tomac and Cooper Webb with 6 laps to go. 

Zach Osborne 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12-1691Zach Osborne looks over to see Tomac coming up on him to make the pass. 

Vince Friese 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12-1768Vince Friese vented his jersey the old-school way. With scissors. 

When Zach Osborne came on stage his Gaerne SG12’s caught on the microphone cable and knocked it over. One of the crew helped him put it back together. 

THE AFTERMATH, AFTER THE RACE

Cooper Webb’s fiance with the goods back in the pits. 

Malcolm stewart 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12-1985Malcolm Stewart and “Big James” in good spirits after the race even though he crashed right after the first corner. 

Jordan Troxell 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12-1911Jordan Troxell cleaning up Kenny’s bike after the race. 

Justin Brayton’s wrench, Brent Duffe was doing the same. 

Garrett Marchbanks’ Pro Circuit KX250 unclothed. 

Aaron Plessinger 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12-2040Aaron Plessinger talking over the race with the Yamaha team. 

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