2019 Indianapolis Supercross 450 Class Race Report

Marvin Musquin claims first main event win of the season

Marvin Musquin
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin achieved his first main event win of the season at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium.Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Marvin Musquin claimed his first victory of the 2019 AMA Supercross season at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The French rider grabbed the holeshot and led all 26 laps of the feature race, moving himself to second place in the championship point standings.

“It’s always a tough track here in Indy, but it’s always been good to me,” Musquin said. “I won twice on the 250 and now twice on the 450, so obviously I love coming here. I thought about it coming into the weekend and, you know, I won here last year so I was excited for the racing and I think it showed tonight.”

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Blake Baggett closed in on Musquin at times during the race, but was unable to make a pass attempt and settled for second place.

Blake Baggett
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Blake Baggett closed in on Musquin at times during the race, but was unable to make a pass attempt and settled for second.Brown Dog Wilson

“The track just started coming to me and I was pushing, trying to get toward the front,” Baggett said. “Then we got into lappers, and they want to race you. It’s tough, you know; they’re in their own race but sometimes they just get in the middle of your race and mess things up.”

Cooper Webb
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb rounded out the podium in Indianapolis.Brown Dog Wilson
Eli Tomac
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac finished one step off the podium in fourth. “Tonight was a tough pill to swallow for me,” Tomac said. “I rode well tonight, but a couple minor errors on a tricky track ultimately cost me. I am happy to be leaving here healthy and already looking forward to Seattle next weekend.”Brown Dog Wilson
Justin Barcia
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia rounded out the top five in his first race back from injury. “After having a tough couple of weeks, months really, since winning Anaheim, it’s been difficult,” Barcia said. “Then my injury was pretty huge to me, actually. So for me, I thought it was going to be difficult to come back from it. The basic thing for me was just to get comfortable and get back in the zone, and I progressed all day. I don’t like saying I surprised myself, but I kind of surprised myself tonight. I stayed pretty calm and patient all day. I didn’t really let being off the pace a little bit in practice frustrate me. I just stayed focused, used my positive thinking and good mentality, and it was a good race. It was a solid race for the first race back. We definitely want to keep progressing from here and get back on the podium. We’ll take a fifth and move on to next weekend.”Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb claimed his eighth podium performance of the season with his third-place finish at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Joey Savatgy
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy rounded out the top five. “Man, today was just one of those days,” Savatgy said. “I was super pumped to start the day as the fastest qualifier. It gave me the confidence that I needed to know I had the capability to contend for my first 450 podium, which is a bummer we fell short of that tonight. In the main event, I made a tiny mistake in the corner after the finish line jump that made me slide out and shuffled me back from second back to sixth. I tried making my way forward but the lapped traffic was heavy tonight. I’ll take the sixth, but I am hungry for more now.”Brown Dog Wilson
Zach Osborne
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne put his FC 450 in seventh in Indianapolis. “In the main event, I had a really bad gate and made a really good start of it to put myself in a good position to hang in there,” Osborne said. “I made some mistakes, but I have to take the positive of turning a bad day into a good day and a decent result and move forward.”Brown Dog Wilson
Ken Roczen
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen came around the first corner in eighth and remained in that position the entire race. “There isn’t much to say about Indianapolis,” Roczen said. “It just wasn’t a good weekend for us. I had some struggles during the week and over the past couple of weeks that have really held me back and have made it so I can’t ride and train to my full potential. I’m trying to figure out what’s going on and hopefully get some answers soon. I’ve just been getting tired and I’m not sure why. Right now I’m just trying to focus on getting my body and everything aligned so that I can fight back and ride like I was during the beginning of the season. I’m obviously not where I want to be at eighth, but if there’s a good thing to take away, it’s that we’re physically healthy and heading to Seattle.”Brown Dog Wilson

“A podium sweep for KTM once again is nice; I’ll take it!” Webb said. “For me, it was a tough race. I didn’t get the best start, so I had to make some passes and then I stalled the bike and lost a couple positions. I was pretty bummed on that because I felt like I was in a good position to win. It wasn’t my best main event, so I was pumped to still get third with it.”

Dean Wilson
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Dean Wilson won his heat race and finished ninth in the main event. “The heat race was awesome!” Wilson said. “It was really stacked, so it was good for me to win. It was good for my mental side of things to know that I can still be up there. In the main event, I didn’t get the best start but I was able to wrestle my way out of it and into ninth. I would say it’s an improvement for sure, but I know that getting a good start makes a big difference in staying out of trouble and I’m going to keep working.”Brown Dog Wilson
Justin Brayton
Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts/Honda’s Justin Brayton rounded out the top 10 on his CRF450R. “[It was] not a great day for me as far as my riding,” Brayton said. “[I’m] nursing a sore ankle and didn’t really feel good on the track all day. [There are] better days to come.”Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac and Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia rounded out the top five, respectively.

2019 450SX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Cooper Webb KTM 243
2 Marvin Musquin KTM 229
3 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 222
4 Ken Roczen Honda 216
5 Blake Baggett KTM 184
6 Dean Wilson Husqvarna 163
7 Chad Reed Suzuki 149
8 Joey Savatgy Kawasaki 141
9 Justin Brayton Honda 140
10 Justin Barcia Yamaha 138