2019 Denver Supercross 450 Class Race Report

Eli Tomac takes hometown race victory

Eli Tomac and Cooper Webb performing tricks in front of crowds.
Left: Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac won his hometown race at Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver. Right: Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Cooper Webb finished in the runner-up spot and leads the point standings by 18 over his nearest competitor, Eli Tomac.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac took the win at round 15 of the AMA Supercross season at his hometown race at Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver. Tomac moved into the lead on lap five and rode out front unchallenged for the remaining 23 laps of the feature race to take the win in front of 59,718 fans. Tomac's victory moved him into second place in the point standings.

“I mean, that’s like what I’ve dreamed of,” Tomac said. “That was by far the coolest crowd [and the] best atmosphere. They were so loud. It was just loud coming over the triple there. Battling for the lead, it was the loudest thing I’ve ever even heard. It was so special. [So very] cool.”

Marvin Musquin and Justin Bogle racing.
Left: Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Marvin Musquin grabbed the holeshot and led five laps of the race before falling back to third by the time the checkered flag flew. Right: Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS's Justin Bogle won his heat race and finished fourth in the main event.Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb started just outside the top five as he rounded the opening lap. He moved into the top five by lap two and he continued to climb his way up to third just before the halfway point. From there, he set his sights on catching teammate Marvin Musquin. Webb passed Musquin on lap 23 and remained in second place until the checkered flag flew.

Joey Savatgy and Blake Baggett perform jumps.
Left: Monster Energy Kawasaki's Joey Savatgy rounded out the top five after injuring his shoulder last weekend. Right: Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS's Blake Baggett put his 450 SX-F in sixth in Denver.Brown Dog Wilson

“[Tomac] rode great all day and he was the man today,” Webb said. “So I’ve got a lot of respect and it was fun in the heat race. We went back and forth a little bit, but unfortunately in the main [event] I wasn’t up there to do that. I didn’t get a bad start, but kind of was being a little too nice in the beginning. Eli made passes, and made them stick and got to the front, and I got stuck going two seconds off the pace. Once we got around Joey [Savatgy], it was good to lay some laps, and I was happy with that. I really rode well once I got around him and caught Marvin [Musquin] and was able to pass him. I felt like I was able to at least be in Eli’s, I don’t know [as fast as his] times, but in his realm by the end. It’s tough. We want to win, but this track was really hard to pass on. It made for some tight racing, but I enjoy it. It’s fun and, like I said, [we’ll] keep it going and hopefully be up there battling for the win [at the next round].”

Ken Roczen and Zach Osborne jump in front of crowds.
Left: Team Honda HRC's Ken Roczen finished outside the top five for the third week in a row with his seventh-place result. "We finally have an off weekend," Roczen said. "I'm trying to get my body better in the next couple weeks. I have been struggling with certain things for the past couple months. It's been really tough going to the races and feeling the way that I have been. We are slowly starting to figure out what's going on." Right: Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Zach Osborne finished in eighth. "I got off to a decent start in the main event and was in a position to really charge for a podium, but the second half of the race, I had a hard time getting back into the flow after the red cross flag came out," Osborne said.Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Marvin Musquin grabbed the holeshot in the main event and led five laps of the race before being passed by Tomac and later by Webb. Musquin now sits third in the championship standings, 23 points out of the lead.

“I was not very confident going into the main event after a difficult heat race, but we made some changes and they helped me pull off a good start,” Musquin said. “That was the key to getting on the podium tonight. The track was very difficult with the hard surface and ground, but no excuses. I gave it my best.”

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

Josh Grant  and Justin Hill
Left: Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing's Josh Grant achieved his first top 10 finish of the season, putting his YZ450F in ninth in Colorado. "I'm stoked on how the weekend went here in Denver," Grant said. "It was just all in all a really good day. The bike was really working with me from pretty much start to finish." Right: JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing's Justin Hill rounded out the top 10 on his RM-Z450.Brown Dog Wilson

2019 450SX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Cooper Webb KTM 332
2 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 314
3 Marvin Musquin KTM 309
4 Ken Roczen Honda 283
5 Blake Baggett KTM 255
6 Dean Wilson Husqvarna 223
7 Joey Savatgy Kawasaki 192
8 Cole Seely Honda 180
9 Justin Bogle KTM 157
10 Justin Barcia Yamaha 154