2019 High Point National Motocross 450 Class Race Report

Eli Tomac’s consistent moto finishes give him the overall win.

Eli Tomac races at the 2019 High Point National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac took the overall victory at High Point MX and is now tied for the series point lead.Brown Dog Wilson

After one weekend off, the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship resumed at High Point MX for round 4 of the series, where Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac emerged with the overall victory with his 3-2 moto finishes. In moto 1, Tomac got a good jump off the start, but was pushed wide in the first corner. However, by the fourth turn, he had made his way into second place. He then went after the leader, but washed the front end of his KX450 on lap 4, which put him on the ground briefly. He remounted in fourth place and gained one position to finish third. In moto 2, he rounded the first turn outside of the top 10, but made his way into second place throughout the duration of the moto, where he would finish in that race. Tomac is now tied for the point lead heading into the fifth round at WW Ranch Motocross Park in Jacksonville, Florida.

“In racing a win is a win and although today wasn’t the prettiest win, we will take it,” Tomac said. “In both motos we were a bit buried off the start and between the race lines and lappers, it made it difficult to go forward. I was disappointed with my tip-over in moto 1 because I felt like we had what we needed to move into first, but that obviously set us back. I am proud of the fight we showed today and that we are leaving here today tied for the championship. I am excited for next week’s event at WW Ranch. I had a good time when we raced the GP there in ’17 and I usually just enjoy racing anytime we get to go at it in the sand!”

Ken Roczen races at the 2019 High Point National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen fell back to sixth in moto 1, but came back to take a convincing win in moto 2 for second overall on the day.Brown Dog Wilson

Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen’s first moto got off to a rather hectic start, in which he fell from fourth to seventh on the opening lap. He moved into fifth on lap 2 and overtook fourth when another rider went down. While pushing to make a pass on Tomac for third, Roczen was forced to also defend against Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin, who began applying pressure. The German rider was unable to keep the Frenchman at bay, relinquishing fourth place on lap 13. Two laps later, Roczen was caught off guard, getting passed, and ended taking the checkered flag in sixth. In moto 2, Roczen got a good jump off the gate but was shuffled outside the top 10 in the first turn. By the end of the opening lap, he had worked his way into eighth. He continued to make quick work of the riders ahead of him, moving into fifth by the following lap and second at the halfway point of the race. He chipped away at the leader’s gap, closed in, and made the pass stick on lap 9 to take over the lead. He rode the remainder of the race unchallenged to take the moto victory. Roczen’s 6-1 moto finished netted him second overall in Pennsylvania.

“I’m glad we left today on a high note,” Roczen said. “I had a new setup in Florida and unfortunately with the weather, I’ve only been able to put a very short amount of time on it, and that’s what I started with here today. I struggled all morning with it. Going into the first moto, we went back to my Colorado setting, except with some clicker changes I’ve been running at home. However, that didn’t work for me at all. I wasn’t riding well and just went backward in the first moto. For the second moto, I just went back to our full Colorado setup, and it was nice to see that we have a very solid base that I can go back to. I just knew exactly what the bike was going to do, and we had an incredible moto. I came from far behind after a bad start and came away with a moto win and second on the podium. It was pretty huge.”

Jason Anderson races at the 2019 High Point National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson rounded out the overall podium.Brown Dog Wilson

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson began the day by setting the fastest lap in timed qualifying. In moto 1, he made his way into third by lap 4 and eventually worked his way into second, where he would finish. He got off to another good start in moto 2, where he quickly made his way just outside the top three and battled with his teammate, Zach Osborne, late in the race. With two laps to go, Osborne got by for fourth and Anderson claimed a fifth to give him third overall for the day.

“My weekend was good,” Anderson said. “I came really close to winning my first overall. I got pretty good starts and am happy with the way I rode. I’m getting better every weekend and getting closer to the win.”

Cooper Webb jumps at the 2019 High Point National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb crashed in moto 1 and finished seventh, but rebounded in the second race, where he finished third.Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb achieved a season-best fourth overall result with his 7-3 moto scores.

“Today at High Point was a much better day and a huge turnaround for me,” Webb said. “My starts were great all day and I made a few mistakes, but I was happy to battle up front like I did. I even lead the second moto for about 20 minutes; I haven’t been able to do that so far this season, so that was awesome. Fourth is my best overall, so it was a good weekend and I’ll keep building from here.”

Zach Osborne races at the 2019 High Point National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne’s consistent 5-4 moto finishes netted him fifth overall at High Point.Brown Dog Wilson

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne rounded out the top five overall at High Point with 5-4 moto finishes. The Virginia native is tied with Anderson for third overall in the point standings after four rounds of racing.

“Overall, it was a pretty positive day,” Osborne said. “We made some good changes to the bike during the week off and they translated to be good today. I just need to improve on my first couple of laps, I have the fitness down on the final stretch, so I feel like I’m in a good position moving forward. I have some good tracks coming up. This was a good track for me, but I just didn’t make it happen. I was only able to muster up a 5-4, so overall [it was] a good day and we’ll just keep trucking.”

Marvin Musquin races at the 2019 High Point National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin struggled with bad starts in both motos and had to work his way through the pack in each race. The Frenchman finished sixth overall in Pennsylvania.Brown Dog Wilson

2019 450MX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 176
  Ken Roczen Honda 176
3 Zach Osborne Husqvarna 144
Jason Anderson Husqvarna 144
5 Marvin Musquin KTM 139
6 Cooper Webb KTM 132
7 Justin Barcia Yamaha 99
8 Blake Baggett KTM 92
9 Dean Ferris Yamaha 89
10 Justin Bogle KTM 88
Blake Baggett races at the 2019 High Point National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’ Blake Baggett took a convincing win in moto 1, but a 15th place finish in moto 2 slotted him back to seventh overall for the day.Brown Dog Wilson
Joey Savatgy races at the 2019 High Point National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy went 8-6 for eighth overall.Brown Dog Wilson
Justin Bogle races at the 2019 High Point National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’ Justin Bogle’s consistent 9-8 moto scores slotted him into ninth overall at High Point.Brown Dog Wilson
Justin Barcia races at the 2019 High Point National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia rounded out the top 10 with a pair of 10th-place moto finishes.Brown Dog Wilson