2019 Budds Creek National Motocross 450 Class Race Report

Eli Tomac wraps up his third consecutive championship.

Eli Tomac races at the 2019 Budds Creek National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac won both motos and wrapped up his third consecutive premier class title in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac claimed his fifth overall victory of the season at round 11 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Budds Creek Motocross Park in Mechanicsville, Maryland, this past weekend. The 22nd victory of his career moves him into a tie with Rick Johnson for fourth on the all-time 450 Class wins list. Winning both motos not only gave Tomac the overall, it also enabled him to seal up his third consecutive outdoor championship in the premier class. He joins Gary Jones, Tony DiStefano, and Ricky Carmichael as the only riders in history to achieve the championship three-peat.

“This is such a special way to end the weekend, and not something I really anticipated happening with one round to go,” Tomac said. “I honestly didn’t even know I had the championship until the last lap. I thought that I needed one more spot from the guys behind me, so that was a little bit of a surprise. It was good to get the job done today. It’s tough to beat the first championship, but they’re all special and unique in their own ways.”

Jason Anderson races at the 2019 Budds Creek National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson claimed the runner-up spot with 4-2 moto scores.Brown Dog Wilson

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Jason Anderson began the first moto in eighth place and worked his way up to fourth by lap 10, where he would ultimately finish. In moto 2, he put his FC 450 Rockstar Edition into the top five off the start and made the pass for third on lap 2. Around the halfway point, he moved into the runner-up spot and remained there for the rest of the race, which gave him second overall in Maryland.

“My weekend went pretty good,” Anderson said. “In the first moto, I got a good start and kind of got pushed and had to come through up to fourth. In the second moto, I got a good start and ended up around fifth and had to push my way up to second, which is a good overall for the day.”

Marvin Musquin races at the 2019 Budds Creek National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin rounded out the podium on his 450 SX-F Factory Edition.Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin battled for a top five spot early on in moto 1, passed his way into fourth on lap 2, but accidentally clicked into neutral late in the race, causing him to tuck the front end and surrender his attempt at making a pass into second place. The Frenchman recovered to finish third. In moto 2, Musquin put himself into fifth on the opening lap, quickly worked his way into fourth, and made the pass for third shortly after. His 3-3 moto finishes gave him third overall on the day.

“I had good practices today and the motos got rougher, harder, and drier, which made it more difficult on the body and on the bike,” Musquin shared. “My starts were actually pretty good, but things happened in both motos that cost me a couple of positions early on. Overall, I gave my best and we just need to work a little more for those types of conditions.”

Ken Roczen races at the 2019 Budds Creek National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen finished second in the first moto, but lost positions in moto 2 due to being affected by the heat and humidity, dropping from second to seventh by the race’s end. The German rider finished fourth overall in Maryland.Brown Dog Wilson

Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen crossed the line in second place in the first moto. In moto 2, the German rider struggled in the latter portion of the race due to the heat and humidity, causing him to fall from second to seventh. Roczen’s 2-7 moto scores were enough for fourth overall in Maryland.

“Today would’ve been a challenging day even at 100 percent fitness because it was so hot,” Roczen said. “We had a couple really good practices and then a good first moto. In that moto, I just tried not to go crazy [and] conserve energy because I knew it was going to be a tough one in the second moto. Second in [moto 1] was good, and I was also riding pretty well in the second moto, spending half the race in second. Unfortunately, my body just gave up in the second half and I could barely hang on. I lost a lot of positions, finishing seventh. It’s a bummer and definitely not what we wanted coming off of last weekend, but it’s a better finish than my previous races in the heat, so we’re moving in the right direction. We’ve got one more race to make it happen.”

Zach Osborne races at the 2019 Budds Creek National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne rounded out the top five overall in the relatively hard-packed dirt conditions, which he says he normally doesn’t excel in.Brown Dog Wilson

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne put himself in third on the start of moto 1, but fell back to fifth by the race’s end. In moto 2, he grabbed the holeshot, but came together with another rider and dropped back to third on the opening lap. Osborne finished fourth in that race and rounded out the top five overall for the day.

“Today was another solid day in the top five, but I struggled with the pace in the beginning,” Osborne admitted. “The track was strange for me today; it’s really hard packed and that’s something I don’t normally excel in, so it felt pretty good to go 5-4 and put on a really good charge in the second moto.”

Justin Barcia races at the 2019 Budds Creek National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia continued his streak of top 10 finishes this season. “I was riding solid and the bike setup was working well for me,” Barcia shared. “I ended up getting a good start in moto 1, battled near the front, and ended up sixth. In the second moto, I got another solid start. I was battling with Osborne and a lot of other guys. I rode my butt off. We made a change before the second moto and it was the right change. My starts have been good; it was nice to have the speed too. I’m now wishing the season wasn’t about to be over. It would have been good to be on the podium today, but we’re taking steps in the right direction.”Brown Dog Wilson

2019 450MX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 476
2 Marvin Musquin KTM 426
3 Ken Roczen Honda 421
4 Jason Anderson Husqvarna 376
5 Zach Osborne Husqvarna 365
6 Cooper Webb KTM 324
7 Justin Barcia Yamaha 283
8 Freddie Noren Suzuki 218
9 Justin Bogle KTM 210
10 Blake Baggett KTM 175
Dean Wilson races at the 2019 Budds Creek National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Dean Wilson secured seventh overall with 8-6 finishes. “Today was a step in the right direction,” Wilson said. “I actually had a sinus infection the past few days which made it more challenging. I was low on energy, which is not ideal for these hot conditions, but we pushed through the day.”Brown Dog Wilson
Aaron Plessinger races at the 2019 Budds Creek National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Aaron Plessinger put his YZ450F in eighth overall in Maryland. “Budds Creek was a step in the right direction for us. I got a bad start in the first moto, but still got back up there to finish ninth. In the second moto, I got a much better start. I was battling right around the top 10 spot [and] put it on cruise control to go 9-9. It was the best finish of the summer and I can’t wait for Ironman. I expect it to be a good one.”Brown Dog Wilson
Benny Bloss races at the 2019 Budds Creek National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’ Benny Bloss rode his 450 SX-F Factory Edition to 7-11 moto finishes, which gave him ninth overall.Brown Dog Wilson
Kyle Cunningham races at the 2019 Budds Creek National Motocross 450 Class Race.
HRT/Cherokee/Freedom Powersports/Merge Racing/Honda’s Kyle Cunningham rounded out the top 10 overall.Brown Dog Wilson