View From The Floor: Heroes & Heartbreak

Not everything went according to plan in Las Vegas, as the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross series wrapped up.

View From The Floor: Heroes & Heartbreak

Cameron McAdoo was ready for action as they lined up to settle the final round in Vegas.

The GEICO Honda team swept heat wins on both coasts. RJ Hampshire took care of the West win.

...and Chase Sexton grabbed the heat win on the East side.

Zach Osborne led the way in the first 450 heat, but it wasn't without challenges from Marvin Musquin. The action here was tough, but clean. As you can see from the roost, Zach wasn't shutting off on this block pass attempt.

Eli Tomac had an interesting heat win. Despite a rather big bobble, he reeled in Cooper Webb and grabbed the win.

It's not all about the action at the pointy end of the results sheet. Tevin Tapia was pretty darn stoked to make the main via the LCQ.

Lining up for the 250 main, there were lots of serious faces.

Adam Cianciarulo, Olly Stone, and Nick Wey strategize on Adam's gate pick. He went all the way to the inside.

Out of the gate, Adam had a good jump, but seemed to get gobbled up a little bit heading down the straight. Dylan Ferrandis started near the middle of the gate and grabbed the holeshot.

Early in the main, both points leaders were dicing for fourth and fifth, and both were looking good in their respective title chases. This corner is also where Adam got by Chase for fourth.

Cameron McAdoo rode a great race, and finished up third for the night.

The season unraveled for Adam and Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki just before the halfway point of the main. An awkward crash badly twisted up the front end of Adam's bike and despite a pit stop in the mechanic's area, there was little they could do to get him back up to speed. With a handful of weeks to go in the season, it looked like the team might win both 250 titles in the end, they went home empty-handed.

You can see how twisted up the front end of Adam's bike was here.

Dylan Ferrandis led from wire-to-wire, taking not only the race win, but the 250 West title. The joy he exhibited afterward was contagious, and he was quickly joined by Jeremy Coker and his mechanic, Alex Campbell, after the finish.

Jade Dungey quickly swapped out the number 23 on Chase's bike for a number one plate.

Here are your 250 West and 250 East champs.

Whoops. In some of the post-race excitement, the top of Chase's 250 West championship trophy snapped off. We're betting the GEICO Honda guys were already plotting a repair.

After the 250 podium action was done, and before the gate dropped for the 450 main, Marvin Musquin was checking in with Dylan Ferrandis for some tips on the track conditions.

Heading down the start straight, it was Eli Tomac and Marvin Musquin duking it out up front.

This one was pretty much a runaway for Eli. Yep, he was in that mode.

We were stoked to see Ken Roczen finish out the 450 season with no missed races, and no DNFs. He came awfully close to that win in Arlington, and he was fourth here.

Marvin Musquin grabbed a second-place finish to round out his season, and he was third in the final standings.

The AMA guys were doing a good job of pointing out the leaders (and Webb) to the slower riders. No one wants to see a rider get impeded on the way to a championship.

Zach Osborne was fifth this weekend, and has come a long way since having to sit out the start of the season.

Cole Seely was sixth here, one spot ahead of his final seventh-place in the final standings.

Cooper rode a steady race, and didn't take any crazy chances. His third-place finish was plenty enough to wrap up the 450 title.

Eli Tomac took the final 450 main event win of the season, which also meant he won three of the last four races.

Carlos Rivera with his last lap message for Cooper.

Whew! There was little doubt that Cooper Webb would walk away with this plate at the end of the night, but it was still cool to see him with it after a stellar comeback season.

There's a sign that the GEICO Honda see as they exit the team rig. Chase Sexton checked that box.

Congrats to KTM on their fourth 450 Supercross title, and Cooper Webb on his first in that class. What was left after the race? A few speeches under the KTM tent, a few celebratory beverages, and burnouts aboard Cooper's bike. Now the guys get a couple days of rest before getting busy on outdoor testing. No rest for the weary!


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