Cody Webb wrapped up this year’s King of the Hammers week with his fifth career Progressive King of the Motos victory. Webb scored the win after an intense battle with Manuel Lettenbichler when the latter missed a checkpoint on the third and final lap, taking a one-hour penalty and conceding the victory.
“The first lap everyone was taking turns leading, making mistakes,” Webb explained. “I kind of didn’t make the best decision on tires but it lasted. I ran a standard tire, just because I knew it’d last, and it really kicked my butt. So the first two laps I struggled, and I did all I could to hang with Manny, just to stay in his rear wheel.
“That last half I had a way better tire setup. And then I shot up Back Door, and I saw him miss it, and then it was like ‘Ok, I know he missed that checkpoint.’ So once I saw Manny miss that checkpoint on the final lap, I was like ‘OK, take your time, don’t mess anything up because that’s going to be a big setback for him.’ I lost that way a couple of years ago and it sucks. Manny definitely out rode me today.”
The return of motorcycles to Johnson Valley after a one-year absence saw riders take on three progressively harder laps of racing (Bronze, Silver, and Gold), as the event marked the first time in KOH history that a race ran after the premier Ultra4 class event. Only four of the 26 pros entered in the event were able to start the final Gold lap, and none completed the race within the time limit. Trystan Hart finished second, while Lettenbichler was scored in third.