Only four races remain in the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season, as the series heads to the Pacific Northwest for this Saturday’s MotoSport.com Washougal National. For nearly 40 years, the scenic Washington circuit has hosted motocross’ lone visit to this region of the country, and many of the sport’s top riders have stood atop the podium at this midsummer staple.
Washougal marks the final race before the series takes its last off weekend of 2019, setting up a sprint to the finish at Unadilla, Budds Creek, and Ironman. Here’s a look ahead at Round 9 of 12 on the season:
Defending Washougal winner Eli Tomac scored a 1-1 here last year, but he might be concerned with another rider’s 1-1 from last week: Red Bull KTM’s Cooper Webb, who scored his first career outdoor 450 victories (both moto and overall) at Spring Creek. After all, it was just a few months ago when Webb did the same thing in Monster Energy Supercross, eventually riding that momentum to his first 450 title over Tomac.
That’s the bad news. The good for Tomac: there are only four races left in the season, and a similar surge for Webb would require a ton of things to go his way. For starters, he’s still only fourth in the championship, with 288 points; he still has to surpass Ken Roczen in third with 293 and his own teammate Marvin Musquin in second with 304 before he can even get to Tomac. Eight motos may be a lot, but that’s a tough pair of riders to have to get past.
Beyond that, Tomac is likely out of reach at this point anyway. He’s 38 points up on Musquin, putting him well on the way to his third consecutive outdoor championship. At this rate, it’ll take the highly unexpected to rob the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider of a three-peat.
With Webb now in fourth, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna tandem of Jason Anderson and Zach Osborne have been relegated to fifth and sixth, but both riders have plenty to hang their hats on so far. Anderson is having his best outdoor season ever, even dating back to his 250 days, while Osborne has yet to finish worse than fifth in a moto this year and is far and away the top 450 rookie.
At this point, you can basically set a watch to Adam Cianciarulo. The Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider is the second moto master, having won five of them this year and having taken the overall victory in all five of those events. Spring Creek was the latest race to follow that trend; the only time he’s won an overall otherwise was at Southwick, where he went 1-2.
That ability to learn from, and adapt to, the conditions in front of him has enabled Cianciarulo to stretch a 34-point lead on Dylan Ferrandis, who stole the Supercross 250 West title out from under him earlier this year. After a statement 1-1 victory at RedBud, Ferrandis came back to earth at Spring Creek with a 5-4, dropping him to within 10 points of his Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha teammate Justin Cooper.
Hunter Lawrence and Colt Nichols are tied for fourth with 233 points, but RJ Hampshire and Alex Martin are each within range of the top five. Michael Mosiman, Supercross 250 East champion Chase Sexton, and Shane McElrath complete the incoming top 10.