2019 Arlington Supercross 450 Class Photo Finish

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb makes last-corner pass to take the win

Cooper Webb
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb claimed his fourth win of the season by making a pass on Ken Roczen in the final corner of the race. Webb now holds the point lead heading into round 8 at Ford Field in Detroit.Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Cooper Webb achieved his fourth 450SX main event victory of the 2019 AMA Supercross season at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Webb rounded the opening lap in seventh place and worked his way up to a top-four position by the halfway point. He continued to make his way through the field and, in the last corner on the last lap while running in second place position, was able to pass Team Honda HRC's Ken Roczen to take the victory by a mere 0.028 second, the narrowest margin between first and second place in the history of the AMA Supercross series. Webb's win also awarded him with the point lead.

“Tonight was incredible!” Webb said. “I just never gave up out there. It was incredible for it to come to the last lap, the last turn even, and to be able to win with such a close finish was absolutely insane. That [was] probably the best race ever for me.”

Roczen
Team Honda HRC’s Roczen grabbed the holeshot and led 20 laps of the main event before being passed by Webb in the last turn. Roczen sits two points down from Webb in the championship standings.Brown Dog Wilson

Roczen led 20 laps of the race before being passed by Webb in the final corner of the last lap. The German rider now sits two points down to Webb in the point standings heading into round 8 at Ford Field in Detroit.

“From the first few races this year to now, I’ve made some good steps forward,” Roczen said. “I’ve changed up some things in my program and put in some solid effort during the week, and I feel like it’s showing on the weekends. Of course it’s disappointing to put in that effort the entire moto and then give it away in the last turn. The turn before the whoops and in the whoops themselves is where I lost the most time during the main event. If I could’ve done that better or worked better with the bike, I feel like I could’ve kept my flow a bit better and had more of a gap between first and second. Honestly though, I’m just having a lot of fun. I haven’t been in a championship chase in a long time, and it’s really good racing. There’s always room to improve, and I don’t have a win yet, but we’ve been super consistent. I’ll just use this as fuel, think about the feelings I had on the track, and then make a plan for the next race. I think we’re in a good spot.”

Marvin Musquin
Marvin Musquin put his 450 SX-F Factory Edition in third place, giving the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing squad a double podium in Texas.Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin came around the first corner in third place in the main event and maintained that position in the opening six laps of the race. He then made his way into second, but was passed by Webb, putting him back to third, where he would finish for the night.

“I had a good pace and I felt comfortable, but then I started tightening up a little bit and that’s when [Webb] caught me,” Musquin said. “It was too much playing defense for me and he was right there, and then he got me. From there, I had nothing left, so I salvaged a third place. It’s good, but I was in a good position for better, so I am a little bit disappointed with that, but I’m also happy that we were able to turn it around after the heat race.”

Blake Baggett
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Blake Baggett rebounded from his crash last weekend to finish fourth in Arlington.Brown Dog Wilson

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Blake Baggett and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy rounded out the top five, respectively.

Joey Savatgy
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy notched his second consecutive top-five finish at AT&T Stadium. “Back-to-back top-five finishes feels great,” Savatgy said. “I know I belong running up front and earning these results. The Monster Energy Kawasaki team has my KX450 dialed, and I feel like it can only get better from here. We’ll keep aiming for that podium finish and will continue this momentum into Detroit.”Brown Dog Wilson
Cole Seely
Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely won the second 450SX heat race and grabbed sixth place in the main event. “I’d say the day went pretty well,” Seely said. “Overall, I’m pretty happy with everything from qualifying all the way down to the main event. Times were really close in qualifying, which is cool because it shows there’s a lot of talent in the class, but it also means if you’re a tenth off, you’re way back. I was happy to qualify in the top five, and in the heat race it obviously felt good to lead some laps and win the thing; it was also cool that Kenny [Roczen] won his heat, so we sort of shared that I guess. The main went pretty smoothly. I got off to a pretty bad start, but I was able to make some passes right away—like five guys in the first lap. I managed to eventually get into sixth and ride there for most of the race. I didn’t really get too tired at the end, but after three rough weekends and seeing things finally coming together, I didn’t want to push the issue too hard. For most of the race, the top six were running a similar pace, and it felt good to actually have sight of the leaders.”Brown Dog Wilson
Justin Barcia
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia had to qualify through the LCQ after being taken off the track by Triggr Racing/Blud Lubricants/AHM Factory Services/Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers in his heat race. Barcia rebounded to finish seventh in the feature race. “[It was a] crazy day of racing for me for sure,” Barcia said. “I felt good [and] the bike was working well. I had a pretty good practice, was right in the times, but in the heat race, didn’t get off to a good start. I was working my way through the pack and got taken out. In the main event, I was on the far outside and got a really good jump off the gate. I was right in it, but I was just so far outside I got pushed out and went into the hay bales and started last. I went from last to seventh. I was riding well, but again wasn’t able to make things happen that I needed to happen. I need to get a better start and put myself in front of the pack where I belong. We’re moving on from this weekend and will get ready for Detroit.”Brown Dog Wilson
Dean Wilson
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Dean Wilson came around the first corner in 13th place and climbed his way into the top 10 by lap six. From there, he continued to charge and made his way into eighth just before the halfway point, where he would remain until the checkered flag flew. Wilson is ranked fifth overall in the championship point standings. “My night was not amazing, but not too bad either,” Wilson said. “I think the best part of my race was that I came through the pack really well and I passed a lot of good riders. By the time I got to the position I was in, there was really no one in front of me that I could catch, so I ended up with an eighth. It’s not what I want, but the beginning was promising with the speed I had. I just need to get a better start and get up there and we’ll be good. I’ll take it, but we want to get on the podium for sure.”Brown Dog Wilson
Aaron Plessinger
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Aaron Plessinger got pinched off on the start in the main event and rounded the first corner in 11th place, but worked his way up to ninth by the time the race ended. “We made big steps in the right direction at [Arlington],” Plessinger said. “The bike worked pretty good all day. I just need to get my starts dialed in. We’re going to go off to Florida and ride with Justin [Barcia] for a little bit and hopefully can build some intensity. All in all, I’m pretty happy with tonight and taking steps in the right direction. We’ll move forward from here, and on to Detroit.”Brown Dog Wilson
Justin Brayton
Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts/Honda’s Justin Brayton rounded out the top 10 on his CRF450R.Brown Dog Wilson

2019 450SX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Cooper Webb KTM 150
2 Ken Roczen Honda 148
3 Marvin Musquin KTM 144
4 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 134
5 Dean Wilson Husqvarna 110
6 Justin Barcia Yamaha 104
7 Blake Baggett KTM 101
8 Cole Seely Honda 94
9 Chad Reed Suzuki 93
10  Aaron Plessinger Yamaha 93