2019 East Rutherford Supercross 450 Class Race Report

Cooper Webb clinches seventh victory of the season

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb jumping.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb clinched his seventh win of the season at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Webb holds a 23-point gap over his nearest competitor heading into the final round.Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Cooper Webb claimed his seventh win of the 2019 AMA Supercross season at round 16 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Webb entered the night with an illness, but managed to finish second in his heat race. In the main event, the KTM rider grabbed the holeshot and, at just under two minutes into the race, was passed by Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac. The two riders engaged in a heated battle, but Webb fell a few seconds behind the Kawasaki rider. He reassumed the lead when Tomac crashed in the whoops. Later in the race, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Zach Osborne passed Webb for the lead, but bobbled in a corner shortly after, allowing Webb to get back up front once again, a position he would retain until the checkered flag flew. Webb heads into the final round at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas with a 23-point lead over Tomac.

Zach Osborne jumping in front of crowd.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne achieved a career-best second-place result at MetLife Stadium.Brown Dog Wilson

“Overall, I felt like it was a good race,” Webb said. “I felt like I rode at a nice pace that was consistent. I’m not saying the other guys weren’t, but the mistakes they made were definitely the difference. I’m happy; another win is incredible and we’re inching a little closer to the final goal.”

Eli Tomac jumping in front of crowd.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac rounded out the podium after going down twice in the whoops.Brown Dog Wilson

Osborne began his evening by finishing second in his heat race. In the main event, he came around the first corner in third place and moved into second place on lap nine when Tomac fell for the first time. He passed Webb for the lead on lap 15 before relinquishing it shortly thereafter. Osborne’s second-place result is a career-best for the 450SX class rookie.

“It’s pretty incredible to take my first podium in the 450 class after some trials and tribulations to start the season,” Osborne said. “To finally be up here feels pretty incredible and gives me a lot of motivation to continue working on going on the path that I’m on.”

Blake Baggett performs trick.
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’ Blake Baggett put his 450 SX-F in fourth for the night.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac was undoubtedly the fastest rider speed-wise throughout the night in East Rutherford, but two crashes in the whoops prevented him from capturing the victory.

“That was something else,” Tomac said. “I somehow managed to do that exact same move twice during that race. I just jumped in the rut there. As I saw on the replay, my weight was too far right both times when I landed in the rut and then the notches got me, and I go into the same exact Tuff block. [That was] so disappointing. I could maybe get away with one of those, but both wasn’t going to do it. [I was] just giving everything I had. I mean, that’s all I could do, right? [I was] trying to stay in the front, but a couple of mistakes got me. That was tough. That was my whole goal to keep this [title fight going] to the next race and we did that. I still would’ve liked to have been in front of Cooper, but all we can do is take it to Vegas again. He’s got a sizable lead now, so [we’ll] take it to Vegas and learn from our mistakes.”

Marvin Musquin in front of crowd.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin went down in the first turn, but remounted from nearly dead last to round out the top five.Brown Dog Wilson

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’ Blake Baggett finished in fourth while Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin rounded out the top five after crashing in the first corner.

“It was a huge bummer to have that crash in the first turn considering I was feeling great all day today,” Musquin said. “From dead last, I came back to fifth place. It was a good race, but it didn’t bring me what I wanted points-wise. I wanted to win tonight, but it is what it is. It’s racing and things like that obviously happen.”

Ken Roczen jumps in front of crowd.
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen put his CRF450R in sixth in New Jersey and sits in fourth place in the championship standings.Brown Dog Wilson

2019 450SX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Cooper Webb KTM 358
2 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 335
3 Marvin Musquin KTM 327
4 Ken Roczen Honda 300
5 Blake Baggett KTM 274
6 Dean Wilson Husqvarna 223
7 Joey Savatgy Kawasaki 208
8 Cole Seely Honda 194
9 Justin Bogle KTM 158
10 Justin Barcia Yamaha 154
Joey Savatgy races in front of crowd.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy crashed in his heat race and had to qualify for the main event through the LCQ. In the feature race, Savatgy grabbed seventh.Brown Dog Wilson
Josh Grant in front of crowd.
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing’s Josh Grant put in a season-best finish in New Jersey with his eighth-place result.Brown Dog Wilson
Cole Seely jumps off mound in front of crowd.
Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely finished in ninth and sits in eighth place in the championship standings with one round remaining. “I struggled finding my flow,” Seely said. “I went down around halfway, then kind of just stayed where I was at. It’s crazy how fast this season has gone by.”Brown Dog Wilson
Justin Hill does trick in front of crowd.
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Justin Hill rounded out the top 10 on his RM-Z450 for the second race in a row.Brown Dog Wilson