2019 Detroit Supercross 450 Class Race Report

Eli Tomac wins two out of three main events to take Triple Crown victory

Eli Tomac
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac won two out of the three main events to take the Triple Crown victory.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac achieved his second victory of the 2019 AMA Supercross season at Ford Field in Detroit. He passed 10 riders to take the first main event win and carried that momentum to cross the line first in the second main event as well. In the final 450SX race of the night, he suffered from a bad start and achieved a sixth-place result, which was enough to award him with the Triple Crown victory.

“Today was just one of those days where everything clicked, starting in practice and qualifying with having the fastest times in both sessions,” Tomac said. “In the main events, I was able to go forward through the pack the whole time, which was good. Other than my start in the third main event, my whole Monster Energy Kawasaki team and I put in a lot of good work this week and it paid off. I am really pleased with how tonight went. We gained some valuable championship points and will continue to keep charging forward.”

Cooper Webb
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb won the third and final main event of the night to take second overall.Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb fought for a top-five position through the first half of the first main event, but he ultimately finished sixth. In the second race, he captured the holeshot. He led for the first five laps before engaging in battle with Tomac. Despite his efforts, he wasn’t able to catch Tomac for the lead, slotting him into second place. In the third and final main event, Webb got a top-five start and moved into third early on. He stalked the front-runners for a few laps before capitalizing on their mistakes to claim second. From there, he challenged for the lead and eventually overtook the position with six laps to go. He was able to hold off Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Blake Baggett late in the race to take the race win and claim second overall for the night.

“Today didn’t start off the best,” Webb said. “I was struggling with the track earlier in the day and qualified ninth. I went to the main event with not-the-best gate pick for the Triple Crown, but I got a good start in the first one. I just made a lot of mistakes and didn’t ride that well, but we, as a team, regrouped and figured out some things to get better. Looking back, I wish I would have done a little better in the first one and I could have potentially gotten the overall, but that’s racing. It’s good to be on the podium with a second place, and to get another main event win is nice.”

Chad Reed
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Chad Reed claimed his 132nd podium finish of his career with his third place result in the Motor City.Brown Dog Wilson

JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Chad Reed had a season-best result in Detroit. His 3-5-7 main event finishes gave him third overall in the Motor City, his 132nd podium of his career. The 36-year-old Australian sits in eighth place in the point standings.

“We had a really successful day of testing last week, which carried into the weekend,” Reed said. “My single lap speed wasn’t great, but I felt race ready. I entered the night program feeling quite good, knowing that a good start was what I needed. I almost got a holeshot. Finishing third in the first main was a great step. I was super excited to get back on the podium, which was my 132nd top three finish. I’ll take the small wins from the weekend. My top priority is to continue improving in those areas, so I can have a shot at winning one of these things!”

Ken Roczen
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen overcame flu symptoms to notch a fourth overall score via a consistent 5-6-5 race tally. “I’m glad tonight is over,” Roczen said. “We were just one point away from another podium, so that sucks, but overall I’m still happy. I’ve been fighting the flu all week, so my body didn’t feel up to par tonight. My focus the entire night just wasn’t there, and I was uncomfortable. I just wanted to minimize the damage, and I think we did that with a fourth. We’re still second in the championship and only six points out of the lead. I’m looking forward to having a good week and heading to Atlanta strong.”Brown Dog Wilson

Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen and Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Blake Baggett rounded out the top five, respectively.

Blake Baggett
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Blake Baggett suffered from an 11th place result in the second main event, but still managed fifth overall.Brown Dog Wilson
Marvin Musquin
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin struggled with starts throughout the evening, but put his 450 SX-F Factory Edition in sixth place at the end of the night. “It was definitely a tough day of not getting very good starts,” Musquin said. “I wish I would have started a little bit better, at least in the top three. It was hard to pass with a lot of intensity out of everyone in the first few laps of each moto and I made a big mistake and jumped off the track in the first moto, and that cost me a lot. The riding was good tonight. I clocked some really good lap times during each of the three motos, so I know the speed was there, but unfortunately it was hard to get good results. There was a lot going on in those three main events and it’s frustrating, but we never give up.”Brown Dog Wilson
Justin Barcia
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia had a practice crash on Thursday before the race, but salvaged a seventh-place result in Michigan. “It was another crazy night of racing for me in Detroit,” Barcia said. “The track was really good. It had a lot of option sections and I felt like my bike was working good in the whoops. The first two races for me were not great with the arm-  pump I dealt with, but the last race was a step in the right direction. I led some laps and put in a pretty good ride with a little bit of arm-pump. My starts have definitely been getting better, so things are definitely starting to come around. So all in all, it was a decent weekend. I’m really looking forward to Atlanta.”Brown Dog Wilson
Joey Savatgy
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy was a bit inconsistent with 8-3-11 finishes, which put him in eighth at the end of the evening. “Tonight’s overall result doesn’t reflect how great I felt and my riding today,” Savatgy said. “I qualified pretty good and in the first main, I just didn’t get out of the gate quick enough, which put me in a hole. I was pleased to bounce back in the second main and get on the podium with a third, and at one point in the third main event I was challenging for an overall podium, but a small mistake ended up costing me. We will regroup this week and come out swinging in Atlanta, which is kind of like a hometown race for me.”Brown Dog Wilson
Justin Brayton
Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts/Honda’s Justin Brayton (10) led the majority of the first main event, but was passed by Tomac late in the race. “Third in qualifying and 2-12-9 in the three mains for ninth overall,” Brayton said. “Definitely felt good to lead most of the first main. The other two weren’t the best, but [there were] lots of positives and it was a fun day at the races.”Brown Dog Wilson
Zach Osborne
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne made his second appearance back from injury this season and put his FC 450 Rockstar Edition in 10th overall in Detroit. “Overall, it was a better night for me,” Osborne said. “I ended up 10th overall, so it’s a step in the right direction and something I can build from. Right now, it’s just getting laps and getting my fitness back, finding some settings that I’m super comfortable with again and finding my race trim. I feel like tonight with the Triple Crown, it’s a lot of racing and a lot of opportunity to be out there on the track and find my feet again. I had some pretty decent battles and was able to make some passes and kind of move around a little bit, which is a nice feeling. I’m looking forward to Atlanta. I think we can continue to build and make progress, and the results will come soon enough.”Brown Dog Wilson

2019 450SX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Cooper Webb KTM 173
2 Ken Roczen Honda 167
3 Marvin Musquin KTM 161
4 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 160
5 Dean Wilson Husqvarna 122
6 Justin Barcia Yamaha 120
7 Blake Baggett KTM 119
8 Chad Reed Suzuki 114
9 Aaron Plessinger Yamaha 104
10 Justin Brayton Honda 97