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Closest 250SX Championships in Supercross History

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We recently wrote about championship-leading riders that missed races and we will now have to add Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner to that list. When Forkner went down in the whoop section in qualifying during the Nashville Supercross and was unable to race in the night show, the window of opportunity opened for GEICO Honda’s Chase Sexton and Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Justin Cooper, who sat second and third in points, respectively.

Well, we know what happened next: Cooper and Sexton went down on the first lap, and Forkner’s teammate Martin Davalos held on for his first victory since April 23, 2016. At the time of posting, Forkner is day to day with his knee injury and his status for the remainder of the supercross is unknown. What we do know is that his lead, which was 26 points going in to Nashville, is down to three points—Forkner has 151 points, Sexton has 148, and Cooper has 144.

In the West Region, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo has recently had his own points lead dwindle, as Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis picked up two-straight wins in Seattle and Houston. Going into Denver, Cianciarulo has 182 points and Ferrandis has 177.

With the tight gap now in both regions, we decided to take a look at the closest 250SX championships since the year 1999. Yup, we even had one come down to a tie!

You surely remember some of these more recent finales, like the famous Zach Osborne/Joey Savatgy dust up from 2017, which also included a crash-out from points-leader Jordon Smith, and nearly left the fourth-place rider, Adam Cianciarulo, with the title when all the smoke cleared. 

There's also the year Pingree nearly won it. But we digress. Enjoy The List!

Year Region Champion Points Runner-Up Points Margin
2005 East Grant Langston 143 Josh Hansen 143 0*
2016 West Cooper Webb 180 Joey Savatgy 179 1
2018 West Aaron Plessinger 211 Adam Cianciarulo 209 2
2017 East Zach Osborne 173 Adam Cianciarulo 171 2
2013 West Ken Roczen 185 Eli Tomac 183 2
2000 West Shae Bentley 122 David Pingree 120 2
2013 East Wil Hahn 198 Marvin Musquin 195 3
2008 West Jason Lawrence 157 Ryan Dungey 154 3
2007 East Ben Townley 133 Ryan Morais 130 3

*Langston won the title after breaking the wins tie-breaker, 3-2.