2019 Daytona Supercross 450 Class Race Report

Eli Tomac becomes three-time Daytona winner

Eli Tomac
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac joins Bob “Hurricane” Hannah, Mike Kiedrowski, Jeremy McGrath, and Chad Reed as a three-time Daytona Supercross winner.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac achieved his third victory at round 10 of the 2019 AMA Supercross season at Florida's Daytona International Speedway. Tomac came around the first corner in second place and passed Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS's Blake Baggett for the lead on lap four. He rode a flawless race for the remaining 15 laps to take the win. With his victory, Tomac joins Bob "Hurricane" Hannah, Mike Kiedrowski, Jeremy "Showtime" McGrath, and Chad Reed as a three-time Daytona Supercross winner.

“Man, what a good night!” Tomac said. “It feels great to be back up here on top of the box in Daytona. This round is such a unique race and I’m always pumped when we can come in and get a win in front of this crowd. I was able to get a good start in the main tonight, which was so crucial. This win is pretty special to me and I’m honored to be one of the five riders to have won here three times. I’m excited for Indy next weekend and ready to keep this momentum going.”

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb put himself in fourth place early on in the main event and moved into second on lap seven. He held that position for the remainder of the race despite pass attempts from his hard-charging teammate, Marvin Musquin.

Cooper Webb
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb put his 450 SX-F Factory Edition in the runner-up spot.Brown Dog Wilson
Marvin Musquin
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin ran in second place early on, but an off-track excursion pushed him back a few places. The French rider settled for third in Daytona, and is tied with Tomac for second in the point standings.Brown Dog Wilson
Blake Baggett
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Blake Baggett (4) led laps early on and finished in fourth in Florida.Brown Dog Wilson

“I got a really good start in the main event and just made a bunch of mistakes the first lap,” Webb said. “I missed the rhythm and got passed by a few guys, went back to about sixth, and had some work to do. I made some great passes and it was a great battle all night. It was cool to battle Blake and Marvin. We were all making mistakes, but also kind of going for it. Once I got into second, I tried to make a run on Eli and I made some mistakes and had some pressure from Marvin, so I was kind of in a weird spot. I struggled in a few places—the whoops being one of them—but overall it was a good night.”

Joey Savatgy
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy rounded out the top five. “It’s nice to be back in Daytona, especially since it was close enough to drive to and have somewhat of a hometown crowd come out and support me,” Savatgy said. “I felt comfortable all night, and our speed and consistency have been showing every weekend. The unique track layout here really emphasized our strengths, so I’m feeling pretty good. I’m pumped on a top-five finish and to earn more points.”Brown Dog Wilson
Zach Osborne
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne achieved a career-best sixth-place result. “Daytona was good to me this year,” Osborne said. “Sixth place is my best finish so far. I had some good times in qualifying and I’m starting to find my feet in this class and starting to kind of flow and know my place a little bit. This is something that I can definitely build from and move forward from. It’s been a rough, tough start to the series with an injury before the season and obviously trying to get back at it has been a tough deal, but I’m still here, still plugging away, and I know the work that I’m doing during the week will pay off soon and it’s going to be good.”Brown Dog Wilson
Justin Hill
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Justin Hill achieved a season-best seventh-place finish. “I had my best night of the season so far in the main event,” Hill said. “I fought harder at the beginning of the race than normal. I was really close to a top-five spot, but I had a few big mistakes that slowed my run toward the front guys. A seventh-place finish isn’t where I want to be. All in all, I’m happy with the direction I’m headed.”Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Musquin put himself in a good position early on in the main event in second place, but had an off-track excursion that allowed several riders to go by him. He made his way back to third place and pushed hard to try and pass Webb, but was unable to do so and settled for third on the night.

“Daytona was overall a great day,” Musquin said. “The riding was good, but unfortunately, I started making a couple mistakes by stalling the bike and that cost me a lot of time. I’m a little bit bummed because the speed was better than the guys in front of me, but I was in third place. It’s good to be on the podium obviously, but I’ve got to minimize the mistakes and be a little more consistent to be ahead of those guys.”

Ken Roczen
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen was hit by another rider in the second turn of the main event, causing the German rider to go down. He remounted and made his way back to eighth place by the time the checkered flag flew. “I’m definitely disappointed in tonight’s result; it’s my worst of the season,” Roczen said. “I think for the most part the day went well, and I was feeling really good on the bike. Unfortunately, in the main event, there was a pileup in the first turn and I got caught between my bike and Cole [Seely’s] and couldn’t get up. Once I was up, I did my best to make up as many positions as I could during the race, making my way into eighth—not what I wanted and we’re now also down in the point standings, but there are still seven rounds to go. I’m going to set my eyes forward and bounce back in Indianapolis.”Brown Dog Wilson
Justin Brayton
Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts/Honda’s Justin Brayton, who won last year’s 450SX class main event at Daytona, put himself in ninth this year. “Not quite the same feeling leaving Daytona as we had last year, but [I’m] still happy with the day. I had a blast all weekend and this race is now one of my favorites for obvious reasons. [I’m] already looking forward to next year.”Brown Dog Wilson
Chad Reed
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Chad Reed rounded out the top 10 on his RM-Z450. The veteran racer’s 37th birthday is this coming week on March 15. “Lately I have become accustomed to getting through practice and qualifying, and then I feel more like my normal self when it’s gate drop time. This weekend it was the opposite. I felt good all day, but didn’t feel quite right when they turned on the lights and dropped the gates. I need to find a little higher level in both situations. Hopefully that’s this week’s birthday gift!”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.

2019 450SX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Cooper Webb KTM 222
2 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 203
  Marvin Musquin KTM 203
4 Ken Roczen Honda 201
5 Blake Baggett KTM 161
6 Dean Wilson Husqvarna 149
7 Chad Reed Suzuki 137
8 Justin Brayton Honda 127
9 Joey Savatgy Kawasaki 124
10 Aaron Plessinger Yamaha 123