News 18 Feb 2019

Webb labels thrilling Arlington encounter as 'incredible'

Factory KTM talent regains 450SX points lead in Texas.

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb has labelled Saturday night’s encounter at round seven of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship as ‘incredible’ after defeating Ken Roczen (Team Honda HRC) by a slender 0.028s.

The number two put on a spirited displayed as he sliced his way into second, targeting Roczen in the final laps before laying down a pass on the final turn, denying the German of a season-first win.

The victory, the fourth of Webb’s career and his fourth this season, has promoted him to the top of the 450SX standings, two markers ahead of Roczen.

“I knew it was going to come down to the whoops, I could tell where I could catch him and where he would pull a little bit,” Webb explained. “I was able to do that quad into the turn a few times, but I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to do it with him probably guarding the inside.

“I followed in behind him and knew he was probably going to jump, so I went to the left and tried to skim [the whoops]. He had the inside, and I knew something was going to happen in the last turn, and as a racer you never which direction you want to go in or the other guy wants to go.

“I saw the opening and went [for it] – and dang, what a close race. I didn’t think I had actually won until I saw the big screen. That was an incredible race, for sure.”

The AMA Supercross series heads to Detroit this Saturday for round eight of the 17-stop tour.