2019 Houston Supercross 450 Class Race Report

Cooper Webb tops final Triple Crown race of the season

Cooper Webb
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb secured his sixth victory of the season at NRG Stadium. “It was a great night overall with a 2-1-3, and I got a main event win, which was cool,” Webb said. “Consistency was key to this race—it’s tough to line up for three main events and go to battle with the best of the best, so it’s a good night to get the win. I’m stoked on it!”Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Cooper Webb grabbed his sixth win of the 2019 AMA Supercross season at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, this past weekend. The Texas round served as the final Triple Crown race of the season, which features three 10-minute plus one lap main events. Webb finished on the podium in all three main events with 2-1-3 finishes to take the overall victory.

“It was a tough night,” Webb said. “You always forget in the Triple Crowns how many laps you end up doing. For me it was good to go out and get a win, which is great. I knew the laps were going to be tough. I had a little gap, so I kind of knew where I needed to be, so it was good. It was a great night for us KTM guys going one and two, and I was able to win again, which is sweet. I’m stoked on that, and it feels good to be up here on the top.”

Marvin Musquin
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin struggled with a few off-track excursions in the first two races, but rebounded to win the final main event of the night. “Coming off two wins and going into Triple Crown format, you know it’s going to be intense,” Musquin said. “I showed great riding in all three main events but unfortunately, I had issues in the first two that kept me from taking the overall win tonight. The last race, I put it all together with a great start and rode like myself. I was so happy to have a clear track ahead of me and it was super enjoyable to ride in the lead.”Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin’s results improved as the night wore on as he went 5-3-1 in the three races. The French rider had a few off-track excursions in the first two main events, but put it together in the final main event to take the victory in that race and secure second overall in Texas.

“Man, it was a tough day,” Musquin said. “But [I] finally put it together in the last main event and got the holeshot and rode just like last week. I was just leading and hit my marks and it was awesome. It feels so good to be like that in the lead. I showed some really good speed all day but unfortunately [I made] some mistakes, but finally a good last main. So thanks to the team. We lost a little bit of points in the championship, but it could have been way worse. The Triple Crown is really tough, so I’m glad at least I got second overall.”

Dean Wilson
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Dean Wilson earned his first podium finish of the season in Texas. “It’s good to be on the podium,” Wilson said. “It shows that I’ve been working endlessly to get up here and I’ve just kept believing and plugging away. I’m always close in qualifying and heat races and it shows I have it, but doing it in main events is another story and I’m working hard in that department.”Brown Dog Wilson
Eli Tomac
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac struggled in the first two main events, but rebounded to finish second in the final race, giving him fourth overall for the night. “We landed just shy of the podium,” Tomac said. “This quick, back-to-back Triple Crown race format can be challenging, especially when you don’t get the starts you’re hoping for. I put it all out there tonight; the crew and I will get back to work this weekend and hope to turn it all the way on for these last few rounds. We’ll use what we’ve learned from tonight and apply it to next week’s race in Nashville.”Brown Dog Wilson
Cole Seely
Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely finished a season-best fifth place in Houston. “Tonight was pretty good,” Seely said. “I finally finished in the top five, which is where I feel like I should’ve been all year. The way things have been going so far have been frustrating, and it’s hard to explain. The toll the injury took on me last year was a lot more intense and in-depth than I thought it was. It’s been a long road to get back to here, but I feel like I’ve had speed all year, I just haven’t been able to put it all together. The results haven’t been translating into how well I think I really have ridden most of the year. It feels good to finally break into that top five and run up front with those guys in the first two mains, relatively easy too. I know it’s not a traditional 20-minute main, but it felt like it was coming to me pretty easy, so that’s definitely a confidence booster heading into the final rounds. It’s a bummer it’s taken this long to come around, but I’m happy it did and we’re going to keep working forward.”Brown Dog Wilson

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Dean Wilson earned his first podium finish of the season in Houston. The Husqvarna rider began the day by qualifying second fastest in practice and carried that momentum into the night with his 3-2-5 main event finishes.

Zach Osborne
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne’s results improved as the night went on with 10-6-4 finishes in the three races. “Overall, it was a decent day,” Osborne said. “I feel like I’m building every weekend and that last main event I took fourth with a decent start, so I feel like there’s more to come and I’m finally finding my place.”Brown Dog Wilson
Justin Bogle
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Justin Bogle (19) put his 450 SX-F Factory Edition in seventh place at NRG Stadium.Brown Dog Wilson

“It feels great,” Wilson said. “It’s been a long journey and it’s what I’ve been working toward all season. I’ve been riding well and I’m just stoked to be up here… These guys up here, they’ve been up here so many times, it’s just like they’re used to it, whereas I want to be in that position. But it means a lot to be up here. I’ve been through a lot and I just kept plugging away and I knew I could be up here because my qualifying times were always good, my heat races were always pretty good, but to make it happen when it counts is the hardest part. So I’ve been really working on my mental game because I feel like sometimes I’m my own worst enemy.”

Blake Baggett
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Blake Baggett went 9-9-6 for eighth overall.Brown Dog Wilson
Joey Savatgy
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy struggled with being sick all week, going 7-11-9 for ninth overall. “After battling the flu all week, I definitely feel like I put everything I had out there and feel proud of what we were able to still accomplish,” Savatgy said. “These last few weekends have been some of my best this season, and I feel like my KX450 is just getting better as time goes on. We were able to earn a few more points and I still have four more chances at grabbing that podium spot.”Brown Dog Wilson
Ken Roczen
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen won the first main event but crashed on the start in the second race and was unable to finish. He was able to come out for the final main event, where he notched an eighth-place result. “The first main event tonight was seriously so good!” Roczen said. “We grabbed a great start and got out front right away, pulling a 10-second gap on the rest of the field. It was amazing to see the checkered flag before anyone else. Unfortunately, it was only in one main. In the second one, I got tangled up with Dean’s [Wilson] rear wheel and went down pretty hard. I smashed my toe and originally thought I had an ankle injury, but luckily that wasn’t the case. My bike was also so bent up after the crash. I got checked out and it actually started to feel better after 15 to 20 minutes. That was good, but my toe was still in a lot of pain. Luckily I was able to just jump back on the bike and do what I could in the third main, salvaging an eighth place and getting 10th overall. It’s not really how we wanted to end tonight, especially with how well the day and first race went, but again we’re healthy and moving on to the next one. At one point, it will come.”Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac and Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely rounded out the top five, respectively.

2019 450SX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Cooper Webb KTM 288
2 Marvin Musquin KTM 271
3 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 262
4 Ken Roczen Honda 252
5 Blake Baggett KTM 215
6 Dean Wilson Husqvarna 201
7 Joey Savatgy Kawasaki 173
8 Cole Seely Honda 160
9 Chad Reed Suzuki 151
10 Justin Barcia Yamaha 150