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The first 250SX West Series heat race started out with the gate dropping for another crazy night of racing with Adam Cianciarulo jumping out and grabbing the holeshot with Cameron McAdoo right behind him. McAdoo, Garrett Marchbanks and Jimmy Decotis battled it out for the entire moto, but when the checkered flag came out, Cianciarulo took the win.

The second 250SX heat race started with Chris Blose narrowly stealing the holeshot with Jacob Hayes right there with him. RJ Hampshire was running in 4th with a great effort until he had a wild ride through the whoops section and was thrown off his Honda like a wild bucking bronco. Dylan Ferrandis, Chris Blose and Jacob Hayes swapped positions back and forth for the entire heat race, putting on a very impressive ride. Colt Nichols, who had somehow taken the lead while the rest of the riders were battling it out, took the easy win.

It was great to see Dylan Ferrandis grab his first win of 2019. Photo by James Lissimore

The 450SX class has been a wild ride all season so heading into Seattle it was most likely going to be the same. The opening heat race saw Blake Baggett grab the holeshot with Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen right there with him. After a couple of laps of feeling the track out, Ken Roczen found his old swagger and muscled his was by to take a very popular victory. Roczen was also very fast in practice so the early feeling was this might just be Roczen’s night.

The second 450SX heat race featured an all-out battle between Cooper Webb and Eli Tomac, two of the series’ heavyweights. To the delight of the Seattle fans these two riders went back and forth for the entire race before Webb was able to hold on for the win. If the heat races were any indication, Round 12 was going to be a wild one.

Marvin Musquin celebrates his win in Seattle, but would soon learn that he was going to be docked seven points for jumping on a red cross flag. Photo by James Lissimore

The 250SX main was set to be a good one with all of the West coast riders looking to make a statement. The gate dropped with a pileup in the first corner with a very tight pack of riders managing to steer clear of the carnage. Colt Nichols was the early leader but his success didn’t last long as he suffered a big crash in the long and difficult whoop section. When the dust of the early laps settled, Dylan Ferrandis was out front with points leader Cianciarulo not far behind. With Ferrandis motivated by the thoughts of his first win of 2019, Cianciarulo appeared content to sit back and think more about the championship. In a very anti-climatic conclusion, Ferrandis won with Cianciarulo and Jimmy Decotis in second and third respectively.

The 450SX main was definitely a drama-filled race that has been setting social media on fire and setting the stage for an even crazier season. The gate dropped with Zach Osborne grabbing a very close holeshot, but a first lap pileup left Chad Reed and Justin Brayton down and out for the rest of the main event. Up front, Musquin was leading and doing his best to sprint away. Musquin appeared so focused on trying to build his early lead that when he came around on Lap 2 and completely ignored the red cross flags that were out for the Reed and Brayton crash. As the rules now state, Musquin was allowed to finish the race and was still awarded the Seattle win. However, he was docked seven points which put him even further behind his teammate Webb. Behind Musquin, Roczen continued his great riding in Seattle as he finished second overall. Tomac followed in third, making the 450SX podium an orange, red and green affair.

From Seattle, the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross Series heads south to Houston for lucky Round 13. With just over a month remaining in the series, any future mistakes could be catastrophic. In the 450SX class, Webb now has a 14-point lead over Musquin with five rounds remaining. For Webb, each of these next few races will see the pressure build on the young KTM rider as he tries to secure his first 450SX title.

With the very cool Seattle indoor paddock, teams could set-up and look good in Seattle. Photo by James Lissimore

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