2018 High Point National Motocross 450 Class Photo Finish

The top 10, in photos, from High Point

Eli Tomac
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac (1) claimed his fourth consecutive overall victory at High Point.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac claimed his fourth consecutive overall victory of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania. Tomac finished second place in moto one, which is the first moto he hasn't won this season, but came back to win the second moto and take the overall.

“I really had to earn this one today so it feels great to take the overall win,” Tomac said. “I felt a little off in the second half of moto one, so we made some adjustments and took a look at my lines to see if we could get around the ruts. Moto two was a real battle right to the end and leaving here with the win is huge. We're working hard to keep the red plate and we'll keep it rolling into Muddy Creek.”

Marvin Musquin
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin achieved his first moto victory of the 2018 outdoor season at High Point.Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin achieved his first moto win of the season, followed by a hard-fought second place ride to claim second overall at High Point.

“The first moto I was really comfortable behind Eli and I was relaxed, but in the second moto I could tell Eli picked better lines, had a better rhythm and he was on it,” Musquin said. “It was really hard to duplicate the first moto, that’s all. That was my goal but, unfortunately, I came up short. Obviously in the first moto I had better lines and I was able to capitalize on that, but not the second moto. I gave my best, I fought really hard, and the crowd was going crazy all around the track, and that’s what we want, we want a battle like that. I’m really proud of the effort I gave today. I’m happy to win the first moto. Unfortunately, I got second overall, but it was a great result and I showed good speed today.”

Justin Barcia
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia rounded out the overall podium in third.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia rounded out the podium with third overall at High Point with 3-5 moto scores on the day.

“All in all, it was a solid weekend,” Barcia said. “The first moto I struggled a little bit with arm-pump fighting the rough track conditions. I felt like I could have had my bike a little bit better for the first moto, so in between motos we made some good changes and I felt good about them heading into moto two. Unfortunately, going into the second corner I tagged somebody and bent my front brake rotor so I had no front brake the whole race, which was super challenging. That’s a really difficult track to ride without a front brake, with the deep ruts and all. To be back on the podium was definitely the goal. I definitely was a little frustrated, but it is what it is. We’ll take a podium on a bad day any day. The team worked really hard to get the bike ready for the second moto, and I felt like it was a really good direction that we’ll take into Muddy Creek next weekend.”

Ken Roczen
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen had a crash that thwarted his efforts at scoring an overall podium finish, but the German rider rebounded to take fourth overall.Brown Dog Wilson
Justin Hill
Autotrader/Yoshimura/JGR/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Justin Hill rounded out the top five on his Suzuki RM-Z450 in his debut in the 450 class in the Pro Motocross series.Brown Dog Wilson
Weston Peick
Autotrader/Yoshimura/JGR/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Weston Peick finished fourth in moto one, his best moto finish of the National series thus far.Brown Dog Wilson
Blake Baggett
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Blake Baggett finished seventh overall on his KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition.Brown Dog Wilson
Benny Bloss
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Benny Bloss went 6-8 for eighth overall in Pennsylvania.Brown Dog Wilson
Cody Cooper
Enviro Dynamics/Crownkiwi’s Cody Cooper scored his second top 10 overall finish this season with ninth on the day.Brown Dog Wilson
Kyle Cunningham
HEP Motorsports Suzuki’s Kyle Cunningham rounded out the top 10 on his Suzuki RM-Z450.Brown Dog Wilson

2018 450 Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 197
2 Marvin Musquin KTM 169
3 Justin Barcia Yamaha 140
4 Ken Roczen Honda 131
5 Blake Baggett KTM 130
6 Weston Peick Suzuki 118
7 Benny Bloss KTM 101
8 Phil Nicoletti Husqvarna 92
9 Jason Anderson Husqvarna 73
10 Cody Cooper Honda 69