2018 Southwick National Motocross 450 Class Photo Finish

The top 10, in photos, from Southwick

Marvin Musquin
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin claimed his first overall victory of the season in the sands of Southwick.Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin earned his first 450MX overall win of the season this past weekend at round six of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at the Southwick National in Southwick, Massachusetts. Musquin’s 2-1 moto scores enabled him to take the overall victory in the notoriously sandy and rough track conditions.

“It’s not always the fastest guy that wins the race and we saw it today,” Musquin said. “It was really demanding and tough out there, and physically it was rough and hot. In the first moto, I was leading a few laps and it was awesome but when you know Eli is behind you it’s not easy, but I kept pushing. He finally got me at the end and I was going to give a fight back but unfortunately, I went down. [In the] second moto, I got a good start but it was hard for me to push super hard in the first few laps, my intensity wasn’t quite there and Eli was gone. But then, at the end of the day, he made mistakes and I was able to capitalize on that and stay consistent, stay on two wheels and ride to the finish.”

Eli Tomac
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac finished second overall and holds a 32-point lead over Musquin in the championship standings at the halfway point in the series.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac began his day by qualifying with the second fastest lap time and after winning moto 1, crashed twice in moto 2, but still came back to finish second in that race and take second overall.

"We have to be happy going 1-2 at Southwick, but I know I let this one get away," Tomac said. "I didn't get the start I needed in either moto but I was able to battle and put myself back in contention. Moto 1 was a real battle until the end and I was happy to be able to make the pass on the final two laps to take the win. In moto 2, I made a couple of mistakes that put me on the ground but leaving here with a second overall, and healthy after two crashes is pretty good. We're heading to Red Bud keeping the red plate and we'll keep things rolling."

Justin Barcia
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia was on the podium all day with third place finishes in both motos and third overall for the day.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia led laps in moto 1, but eventually fell back to third and repeated that third-place performance in moto 2 to give him third overall on the day.

“It was great to be on the podium again,” Barcia said. “The track was difficult; it wasn’t how I expected it to be. I always hope it’s going to be kind of whooped-out and really sandy, but it was actually pretty high-speed, choppy and slick under the sand. I kind of struggled all day and wasn’t able to push to the next limit to catch the first- and second-place guys. It was a bit frustrating for me because I felt like I should have been closer to the front but I just didn’t have that edge at Southwick this year. It was definitely the hardest race of the year—it was really hot and then that high speed chop for 35 minutes is definitely challenging, but all in all, for a bad day to be on the podium is definitely a positive.”

Blake Baggett
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Blake Baggett finished fourth overall with a consistent pair of 4-4 finishes.Brown Dog Wilson
Ken Roczen
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen finished fifth in both motos, which put him in fifth overall for the day.Brown Dog Wilson
Benny Bloss
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Benny Bloss went 6-6 for sixth overall.Brown Dog Wilson
Lorenzo Locurcio
Tilube Honda’s Lorenzo Locurcio scored a career-best seventh place overall finish at Southwick.Brown Dog Wilson
Cooper Webb
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb finished eighth overall in his first race back after missing the first five rounds due to an injury sustained at the Minneapolis Supercross.Brown Dog Wilson
Phil Nicoletti
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Phil Nicoletti’s 10-8 finishes gave him ninth overall on the day.Brown Dog Wilson
Weston Peick
Autotrader/Yoshimura/JGR/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Weston Peick rounded out the top ten on his Suzuki RM-Z450.Brown Dog Wilson

2018 450 Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 289
2 Marvin Musquin KTM 257
3 Justin Barcia Yamaha 224
4 Ken Roczen Honda 201
5 Blake Baggett KTM 200
6 Weston Peick Suzuki 170
7 Benny Bloss KTM 156
8 Phil Nicoletti Husqvarna 142
9 Cody Cooper Honda 85
10 Jason Anderson Husqvarna 73