2019 Hangtown National Motocross 450 Class Race Report

Ken Roczen captures first overall victory since 2016 Pro Motocross season.

Ken Roczen races with his motorcycle to capture the overall victory at the opening round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen captured the overall victory at the opening round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Hangtown MX—his first since the final round of the 2016 season when he won the championship.Brown Dog Wilson

Team Honda HRC's Ken Roczen clinched the overall victory at the opening round of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Hangtown MX in Rancho Cordova, California. The German rider's 1-2 moto finishes gave him his first win in the Pro Motocross series since the final round of his championship-winning 2016 season. Since then he has endured a pair of career-threatening injuries to each of his arms, in which he was forced to fight his way back from more than 10 total surgeries. It's been a long and difficult road, but Roczen was able to prevail for the 16th win of his career with his 1-2 outing.

“It’s been a very, very long time [since I won a race],” Roczen said. “Overall the whole day was good. It’s difficult at the first race to know what to expect [from yourself] and to know where everyone else is. I just did my best every time I was on the track and it got us a win. It was really sloppy out there and [when conditions are like that] it can easily go in either direction [bad or good], so it feels good that we ended up on the positive side of it.”

Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac appeared to struggle in moto 1 and finished fourth. In the much muddier second moto, he got into the lead early, was passed by Roczen, then passed the Honda rider back to retake the lead and eventual race win. Tomac sits second in the point standings to Roczen.

“What a crazy day of racing!” Tomac said. “I was riding pretty well in the first moto, but I had a hard time getting around some of the guys. We were a little more prepared for the rain in the second moto and I just went out there and gave it all I had, but man was it slick. I definitely had a few close calls, but fought through them and came out on top. I’m so glad we were able to come back and recover; second place overall isn’t a bad place to be! We’ll be ready to fight for first next weekend.”

Jason Anderson races.
In his first race back since the Anaheim 2 Supercross in January, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson clinched third overall with 2-5 moto finishes.Brown Dog Wilson

In his first race back since the Anaheim 2 Supercross in January earlier this year, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Jason Anderson put in a podium performance on his FC 450 Rockstar Edition with 2-5 moto finishes.

“My weekend went pretty well,” Anderson said. “In the first moto, I just tried to figure out my groove since I haven’t been racing. At the beginning, I was a little tight and I ended up stalling the bike one time, but all in all I was able to come back and make some good progress. Finishing 2-5 for third overall is not bad for the first round.”

Zach Osborne clinched fourth overall with 5-3 moto scores.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne clinched fourth overall with 5-3 moto scores.Brown Dog Wilson

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne made his 450MX class debut in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Hangtown, claiming fourth overall with 5-3 moto finishes.

“Overall, it was a good start to my 450 outdoor career,” Osborne said. “I had a silly mistake in the first moto that cost me an overall podium, but it was still a good weekend. I started off solid in the motos and I had an epic second moto from basically last to third, so I’m really happy with that and I’m pumped for next weekend and the rest of the series.”

Cooper Webb races in dirt.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb was a bit off the pace in comparison to Roczen and Tomac, going 3-6 for fifth overall.Brown Dog Wilson

Recently crowned AMA Supercross champion Cooper Webb rounded out the top five at Hangtown. The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider captured third in the first moto, but struggled to match that podium performance in the second moto, where he finished sixth.

“The opening round went pretty well considering the conditions at the end of the day,” Webb said. “In the second moto, I struggled in the mud to get a flow going and I fell a few times. Overall, it’s not what I wanted, but it’s a good start to the season and we’re in a good position, so we’ll get better from here.”

Marvin Musquin rebounds for sixth overall at the opening round.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin had a big crash in practice, but was able to rebound for sixth overall at the opening round. “It was a very disappointing outcome for me as I’ve gotten second the last two years here. Hangtown is always tough, so we know where we are now and it can only get better.”Brown Dog Wilson

2019 450MX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Ken Roczen Honda 47
2 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 43
3 Jason Anderson Husqvarna 38
4 Zach Osborne Husqvarna 36
5 Cooper Webb KTM 35
6 Marvin Musquin KTM 32
7 Justin Barcia Yamaha 27
8 Blake Baggett KTM 26
9 Dean Ferris Yamaha 23
  Justin Bogle KTM 23
Justin Barcia jumps.
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia didn’t have much time on the bike leading up to the season while healing up from injuries he sustained in the AMA Supercross series. However, he was able to put his YZ450F in seventh overall. “I haven’t been able to ride too much,” Barcia said. “This was the first day doing a 30-minute moto, so I think it was a good day. I just wanted to get through it, let alone be in the top 10 all day, so that was nice.Brown Dog Wilson
Blake Baggett races.
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’ Blake Baggett went 6-10 for eighth overall.Brown Dog Wilson
Dean Ferris finishes ninth overall.
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Dean Ferris is filling in for Aaron Plessinger, who is healing up from the broken heel he sustained at the Daytona Supercross. Ferris’ 11-8 finishes gave him ninth overall. “The track was treacherous with the rain,” Ferris said. “I think eighth [from Moto 2] was where I should have been today. I’m sure round by round we’ll keep improving.”Brown Dog Wilson
Justin Bogle races in dirt.
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’ Justin Bogle rounded out the top 10 on his 450 SX-F.Brown Dog Wilson