The Roczen/Tomac rivaly rolls into San Diego for Round 6


2/7/2020

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The rivalry between Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen is proving to be even better than we could have imagined. Roczen won a heat race and Tomac took victory in the main event in Oakland. Both races featured long battles with multiple lead changes. This is what AMA Supercross is all about, folks.


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Tomac needed to step it up in Oakland. The points gap between him and Roczen had been widening, and Roczen had been picking up momentum. Roczen’s confidence was growing each time he was on the track, and had things not gone Tomac’s way in Oakland, it may have been the beginning of the end. As it sits now headed into San Diego this weekend, Tomac is a scant three points down from Roczen, who will again run the red plate.


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Roczen was able to hold Tomac off in an amazing 3-way battle between those two and Blake Baggett in the heat race, which not only highlighted the top two in points, but Baggett and his newfound/re-discovered pace. Baggett didn’t end up so well in the main event after a terrible start, but it’s great to add another ‘elite’ player to the front of the pack. Baggett needs things to go his way in the main, because he certainly has the speed and intensity to battle with the best of the best.

 

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Speaking of getting in the middle of things, Cooper Webb filled that role even better in the main event. His last half-lap pass on Roczen for second place gave Tomac a few extra points to close the gap, which he desperately needed. Webb was sneaky in the main, chasing, watching, and finally pouncing his way into the top two. He needed that kind of weekend, as he finds himself fifth in points, a full 20 points out of the lead. He is, however, nearly tied for third with Jason Anderson and Justin Barcia, as the three are separated by a mere three points.


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Speaking of Barcia, what a night he had in Oakland. After he blew the engine in his heat race while running very well up front, he was forced to enter the last chance qualifier (along with Dean Wilson). He dominated the LCQ and went into the main very motivated for a good finish. While a poor start put him behind the 8-ball from the get-go, his charge through the pack up to sixth place was very impressive, as he closed in to within about a second of Anderson at the finish. Barcia made the most of what could’ve been a disastrous night and will, without a doubt, be very strong in San Diego. With Webb, Barcia and Baggett running the leader’s pace, the top two will have their work cut out not only with one another, but in trying to get as many of this trio in between them as possible to maximize points advantage. 


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On the other hand, the 250SX West seems to be turning into a bit of a Dylan Ferrandis riding clinic. Ferrandis will take the red plate from his teammate Justin Cooper after an amazing performance in Oakland that saw him take his second win of the season. This is more remarkable considering that he finished a lowly 12th in St. Louis and has managed to get into the points lead as we head into the final West round before the East series takes to the track next weekend in Tampa.

 

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Sheer speed had thus far belonged to Austin Forkner, but weaknesses were beginning to show in Oakland. And Ferrandis certainly found them. The Frenchman hunted down the fast kid from Missouri and rode away from him with relative ease. With Cooper stuck back and moving up, Ferrandis could smell the blood-red plate he’d be carrying into San Diego. If Forkner wants any hope of gaining his first 250SX regional title, he needs to slow down Ferrandis’ momentum before the series heads East.


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San Diego has customarily been Military Appreciation Night for AMA Supercross, and this year’s no different. Many of the teams, riders, gear and graphics manufacturers embrace the theme wholeheartedly, and it’s always a pleasure to see the appreciation of the armed forces manifests on this special weekend each year. Catch all of that, plus racing action photos this Saturday night on www.amasupercross.com and on our Facebook and Instagram feeds. Qualifying begins at 1:05 p.m. Pacific.




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