It was a successful day for the KTM brand as Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb claimed the top step of the 450SX podium in San Diego, while Rocky Mountain ATV/MC – WPS – FLY – KTM’s Blake Baggett followed up in third at Round 6 of the 2020 AMA Supercross Championship.
Webb, the fourth-place qualifier, lined up in 450SX Heat 1 where he got off to a top-three start. However, his front tire hit a big dirt clot exiting a corner on the opening lap and he went down right away. He re-mounted just outside the top-10 and charged his way up to a sixth-place transfer position.
In the Main Event, Webb got another great jump off the start aboard his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION and he injected himself into the lead battle early on. Settling into second, Webb rode a calculated race to ultimately set himself up for a race-winning pass with five laps to go. The 2019 450SX Champion held strong in the final laps to claim his first race-win of the 2020 season in San Diego.
“I got into the lead early and then Adam [Cianciarulo] made a good aggressive move on the inside and I just kind of let him go. The track, I knew it was going to be hard to pass and I knew it was going to be a long Main Event so I was just kind of riding in there. I tried to make a pass a few laps earlier but we played cat and mouse which allowed Blake [Baggett] to catch up and I didn’t want to do that. It feels good late in the race to get that pass and the win tonight.”