Once again, Washougal took its turn serving as the center of the motocross world
WASHOUGAL — The sound of metallic thunder roared through the evergreens at Washougal Motocross Park. The 39th annual Motosport.com Washougal National boasted thousands of spectators and near perfect conditions, as hundreds of motocross riders raced for the grand prize.
Once again, Washougal took its turn serving as the center of the motocross world as thousands of racing fans from the local area and beyond ventured to the Washougal MX park for the ninth round of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship season.
For many Clark County residents, the event isn’t necessarily about who wins and loses. Fans flock to the annual event to the spectacular action of the fast-paced, and often acrobatic, motorsport.
Once again, the Washougal MX National included at least one rider from Clark County. Mason Wharton, who grew up in Brush Prairie, returned to compete against the best the sport has to offer.
“My whole family, relatives and friends, they all live some 20 minutes away so they all come out,’’ Wharton told ClarkCountyToday.com before Saturday’s motos.
Wharton said he started riding motocross when he was six years old. He’s now making the Washougal event an annual stop.
“Every year, competition is different,’’ Wharton said. “It’s really just trying to put all your training and hard work and practice into it and applying it all.’’
Wharton, who finished 34th overall after earning 27th and 36th place finishes in the two 250-class races, was not among the leaders in the overall final results but he says the experience always makes him better.
“The biggest takeaway from this is that you learn that not everything is given to you,’’ he said. “You work hard every day, so hard for it, and then you could go out here tomorrow and you could get hurt. And, you come back because you love it.’’
For those informed motocross enthusiasts, here’s a look at the overall results of the Washougal MX National and the new Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship overall standings:
450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (1-1)
- Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda (2-3)
- Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (5-2)
- Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (3-5)
- Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna (4-7)
- Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (9-4)
- Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (6-6)
- Fredrik Noren, Sweden, Suzuki (8-8)
- Dean Wilson, Scotland, Husqvarna (7-10)
- Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (10-9)
450 Class Championship Standings
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 392
- Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 342
- Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda – 335
- Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM – 324
- Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna – 304
- Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 295
- Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 221
- Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., KTM – 185
- Fredrik Noren, Sweden, Suzuki – 182
- Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 175
250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
- Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
- Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (3-2)
- Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (2-4)
- Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, Calif., Husqvarna (7-3)
- Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (4-6)
- RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda (8-5)
- Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, KTM (6-8)
- Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha (5-9)
- Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (13-7)
- Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., Yamaha (9-12)
250 Class Championship Standings
- Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 394
- Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 366
- Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 346
- Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha – 261
- RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda – 254
- Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 233
- Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki – 229
- Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, Calif., Husqvarna – 220
- Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 214
- Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM – 181