Washougal MX National: The annual event ‘featured near-perfect conditions and a massive crowd’

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.

Washougal MX National: The annual event ‘featured near-perfect conditions and a massive crowd’
Riders at Washougal MX take off through the holeshot at incredible speeds; launching themselves into the track’s first banked turn. Photo by Jacob Granneman

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.

Washougal MX National: The annual event ‘featured near-perfect conditions and a massive crowd’
Hundreds of riders tested the track at Washougal this year, during Lucas Oil Racing’s 2019 Motocross National. Photo by Jacob Granneman

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.

Washougal MX National: The annual event ‘featured near-perfect conditions and a massive crowd’
Two professional Red Bull KTM riders are shown here, racing side-by-side at the Washougal MX National. Photo by Jacob Granneman

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.

Washougal MX National: The annual event ‘featured near-perfect conditions and a massive crowd’
Many tight turns faced riders at Washougal’s famed MX track this year during Lucas Oil Racing’s MX National. Photo by Jacob Granneman

“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:

Washougal MX National: The annual event ‘featured near-perfect conditions and a massive crowd’
Thousands of spectators gathered under the evergreens to witness the 2019 Washougal MX National at Washougal’s famed motocross park. Photo by Jacob Granneman

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (1-1)
  2. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda (2-3)
  3. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (5-2)
  4. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (3-5)
  5. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna (4-7)
  6. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (9-4)
  7. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (6-6)
  8. Fredrik Noren, Sweden, Suzuki (8-8)
  9. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Husqvarna (7-10)
  10. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (10-9)
Washougal MX National: The annual event ‘featured near-perfect conditions and a massive crowd’
MX riders flew over the heads of spectators during the Washougal MX National this past weekend. Photo by Jacob Granneman

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 392
  2. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 342
  3. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda – 335
  4. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM – 324
  5. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna – 304
  6. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 295
  7. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 221
  8. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., KTM – 185
  9. Fredrik Noren, Sweden, Suzuki – 182
  10. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 175

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
  2. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (3-2)
  3. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (2-4)
  4. Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, Calif., Husqvarna (7-3)
  5. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (4-6)
  6. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda (8-5)
  7. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, KTM (6-8)
  8. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha (5-9)
  9. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (13-7)
  10. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., Yamaha (9-12)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 394
  2. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 366
  3. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 346
  4. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha – 261
  5. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda – 254
  6. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 233
  7. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki – 229
  8. Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, Calif., Husqvarna – 220
  9. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 214
  10. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM – 181
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Jacob Granneman is a filmmaker and writer from Clark County. He is a recent graduate of Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College, where he studied media production. He has produced documentary stories all over the Pacific Northwest and in Argentina. His passions range from loving people, to cinematography, to going on adventures in the most beautiful place on earth, i.e. his backyard. He lives with his wife in Vancouver, WA.

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