Most Supercross events form a sort of ‘funnel effect’ of on-track aggressiveness as racers in both classes, 450SX and 250SX, first must qualify for each class’ Main Event through either a Heat Race or a Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). Championship points are only paid out in the Main Events, but Heat Race finishes determine gate pick, which can sometimes make all the difference. Because of this, riders fight for every position, but there is usually a type of pacing to the hard racing – in qualifying races every rider’s primary goal is to secure a slot on the starting line for the Main Event. Sometimes, however, nobody gets the memo, and that was the case in Oakland this weekend.

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Every gate drop brought intense, physical, and aggressive riding that caused many laps to look like a title-determining fight. Perhaps it was the tight track that forced the close battling, maybe a parity in the classes made every inch more valuable, or maybe the season is underway just enough, at round five out of seventeen, that riders have decided it’s time to stake their claim to that position at the top of the winner’s podium.

From the first race of the night in Oakland that had hometown favorite Michael Mosiman running alongside and contacting last week’s winner Austin Forkner several times in one lap in the 250SX Heat Race 1, to the final corner of the final race, the 450SX Class Main Event, when Cooper Webb squared up the corner then physically moved Honda’s Ken Roczen out of the turn’s rut to grab one more step up on the podium, it was clear that racers in the Monster Energy Supercross series have put away the conservative strategies and now appear locked into a take-no-prisoners approach to gain points and ultimately hold the number one plate after the final round on May 2 inside Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah.

450SX Class Results

  1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki
  2. Cooper Webb, Clermont, Fla., KTM
  3. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda
  4. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki
  5. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna
  6. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha
  7. Dean Wilson, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna
  8. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Honda
  9. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM
  10. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda

450SX Class Championship Standings

  1. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (113)
  2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (110)
  3. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha (98)
  4. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna (96)
  5. Cooper Webb, Clermont, Fla., KTM (95)
  6. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki (90)
  7. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda (75)
  8. Justin Brayton, Charlotte, N.C., Honda (73)
  9. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (69)
  10. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (63)

Western Regional 250SX Class Results

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha
  2. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki
  3. Justin Cooper, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha
  4. Alex Martin, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki
  5. Luke Clout, Hemet, Calif., Honda
  6. Mitchell Oldenburg, Godly, Tex., Honda
  7. Derek Drake, Corona, Calif., KTM
  8. Brandon Hartranft, Corona, Calif., KTM
  9. Aaron Tanti, Silverdale, NSW, Yamaha
  10. Martin Castelo, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna

Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha (109)
  2. Justin Cooper, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha (107)
  3. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (99)
  4. Brandon Hartranft, Corona, Calif., KTM (92)
  5. Alex Martin, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki (85)
  6. Jacob Hayes, Lodi, Calif., Husqvarna (73)
  7. Mitchell Oldenburg, Godly, Tex., Honda (72)
  8. Luke Clout, Hemet, Calif., Honda (66)
  9. Derek Drake, Corona, Calif., KTM (64)
  10. Michael Mosiman, Menifee, Calif., Husqvarna (63)

Credit: Sean Brennen – Monster Energy Supercross Wire Service