Got whoops? Jump right into Monday Kickstart from the 2019 Oakland SX!
PHOTOS | Emery and Octopi Media
TEXT | Emery
It's a really good time to be a Monster Energy Supercross race fan. With a crazy first three rounds of the 2019 series in the books, it's safe to say that everyone was wondering what would happen at the 2019 Oakland Supercross. Would we see a win from any of the preseason favorites? Could anyone repeat win? Will there be another surprise winner? So many questions, and now after the checkered flags have flown we have some answers. As always, we put the miles down and captured everything we saw in Oakland. Read on for Monday Kickstart from Oakland!
SUNSHINE AND BIG WHOOPS
After Anaheim One's mudder and Anaheim Two's post-rain conditions, everyone was hoping for clear skies up in NorCal and they delivered. Perfect warm weather, sunshine, and no chance of rain was a welcome change of pace for these open-air stadium rounds, but that didn't mean the track wasn't going to be technical. As always, the softer soil of Oakland provided some very technical ruts to add to the challenge, and two big sets of whoops were the talking point of the entire day. Winners had to ride perfect races, and riders discussed how difficult an otherwise "mild" layout was to race on.
ROCKSTAR ENERGY RACING HUSQVARNA’S DARK CLOUD
Announced earlier in the week, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna's defending champion Jason Anderson's recent injuries were a continuation of what seems to be a dark cloud following them. With Zach Osborne already out and on the mend it left only the local boy Michael Mosiman under the awning for the weekend. As if injuries weren't enough to deal with, the team's rental car was broken into hours after arriving and all of their gear bags and personal belongings were stolen in a matter of minutes. As always, team members were still in good spirits and they pushed through the weekend. Mosiman's career-best seventh place finish was a positive for them heading out of the Bay Area on Sunday.
NEW COOPER WEBB?
After winning his first 450SX race in the form of Anaheim Two's Triple Crown, Red Bull KTM's Cooper Webb came out swinging all day in Oakland and just made a statement that he's ready to compete for this championship. A flawless main from him and a not-so-stellar main from current points leader Roczen allowed for a the points to swing in Webb's favor by 2 and he will have the red plate heading into San Diego. Crediting fitness and a lot of off-season work, it's clear the confidence is building and he sees himself as a title contender. When we asked him if the “old” Cooper Webb was back he answered back with a smile, “I feel like I’m maybe the new Coop…” This season is only getting more interesting…
250 CLASS ACTION
This 250SX West Coast Series has one heck of a title fight going on, and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo's Oakland win was pretty clutch considering how close these top four are in speed and points. Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha's Dylan Ferrandis was a favorite to win coming into the night after qualifying fastest and showing blazing fast whoop speed, but a sub-par start hurt him in the end. Points leader Colt Nichol's has been fast, consistent, and smart –all together making him the current guy in the driver's seat. McElrath's fourth on the night had to be a sting, because he was close to the leaders all night and fell just short. Look for big action from these four this coming Saturday, as this abbreviated 250SX series is almost half way over!