It's Webb's title to lose as we head to Nashville.


4/4/2019

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As the 2019 AMA Supercross Championship races to completion, the evidence is clear:

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Cooper Webb is in the driver's seat for this 450SX title. Heading into Round 14 this weekend in Nashville, Webb has shown he has everything it takes to bring this one home. After gaining another 3 points on his teammate Marvin Musquin last weekend in Houston, Webb has risen to every occasion that he's been challenged with. He's straight-up beaten every one of the pre-season favorites on several occasions, often showing the 'youthful enthusiasm' he's been known for most of his career. His consistency over the previous 13 rounds is also key to his success thus far - he's just always there, no matter where everyone else is. At this point all he needs to do is stay consistent, near the podium, and off the ground. Nashville is an unknown as far as weather and track/soil style. 

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At least Ken Roczen was able to snag a main event win this season, in an impressive first (of three) main events at last weekend's Triple Crown race. Roczen still hasn't been able to put together and "overall" win in any of the previous 13 events, but after a bit of a slouch in his results that was looking like a physical ailment, Roczen now appears to be better off and closer to the pace of the front group. He wasn't able to land on the overall podium last weekend despite his main event win. Look for him to be trying harder than ever to get his first main event win this season.

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Marvin Musquin nailed an impressive main win as well in Houston, putting a nice gap between himself, Webb and the other fast four. Once again appearing to be the fastest rider on the track, Musquin wasn't able to keep his teammate behind him in the final main, as Webb put a somewhat aggressive pass on him to take the win and overall victory. It was definitely a statement that indicated Webb would do what it took to gain points on the Frenchman, even if it meant parking his own teammate in the process.

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Making his first podium appearance this season was Dean Wilson, who ended up third overall. Wilson was fast in qualifying and was on pace with the leaders all night, making this somewhat of a breakthrough performance for him. Wilson wants nothing more than to squeak out a win before the season ends, and with Webb possibly going into protection mode and the other front-runners mentally beaten, look for him to be on the prowl in Nashville. Wilson is as fast as anyone out there, he just needs things to go his way.

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Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen must be on the line wondering what the heck happened to their seasons. Certainly two of the three or four top title prospects preseason, mistakes, crashes, poor starts and just plain poor performances have left them a distant third and fourth in points, respectively. About the only thing either of them can do at this point is to hope for a runaway win and a DNF or very poor finish by both Musquin and Webb to bring themselves back into the hunt going down the stretch.

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Dylan Ferrandis got another 26 points win in Houston in an impressive ride that shows he still has what it takes to steal this title away from points leader Adam Cianciarulo. This is Ferrandis' second overall of the West season and his steam is just building as the region heads into a break beginning this weekend in Nashville. We'll see the return of the East region in Nissan Stadium after they return from their break of a few weeks.

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Home of the Tennessee Titans NFL team, Nissan Stadium becomes one of the few new venues to appear on the schedule for several years. With a few long rhythm sections and mostly 180 degree turns, it should make for good racing and, as of now, it looks like temperatures in the high 70s and only a 10 percent chance of rain. Check out live timing and scoring right here, and keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages for updates throughout the day.


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