2019 Ironman National Motocross 450 Class Race Report

Eli Tomac ends season with overall victory in Indiana.

Eli Tomac races at the 2019 Ironman National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac claimed his sixth overall victory of the season.Brown Dog Wilson

Eli Tomac claimed his sixth overall victory of the season at the 12th and final round of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider's win was the 23rd of his career, which gives him sole possession of fourth on the all-time 450 Class wins list.

“Even though the title was clinched it was still a fun day,” Tomac said. “We came in here with the plan to do the same thing. The mindset was to attack. The first lap [in moto 2] was chaos with Marv [Musquin’s crash] and then Kenny [Roczen] got by. He’s just so good in the early laps. I was able to stay on him and then got by. What a day and what a year.”

Ken Roczen races at the
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen captured second overall on the day and finished second in the series point standings.Brown Dog Wilson

Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen finished second overall with 2-3 scores, securing second in the championship points standings.

“This season has been tough,” Roczen admitted. “We had a lot of ups and downs but I’ve also checked off and accomplished some goals, including finishing the whole year, battling for wins, and getting back to 1-1 at Unadilla. I tried to ride my heart out this year, gave it my all each weekend, and never backed down, which is important to me. Overall today was good though, finishing second on the day. The first moto was crazy; we were going 100 percent the whole race. I had Eli [Tomac] and Marvin [Musquin] on me almost the whole time, so it made for a three-way battle, which hasn’t happened too much this year; it was cool to race it, but also exciting for the fans. It was a bummer to give up the win in the final laps, but the track was really gnarly and I just made some mistakes. I just wanted to go out in the second moto again and just fight hard. I think this year will set us up good for 2020 but in the meantime, I’m looking forward to a much-needed break.”

Zach Osborne races at the 2019 Ironman National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne rounded out the overall podium.Brown Dog Wilson

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne, who is set to represent the United States in the 2019 Motocross of Nations next month, secured the final spot on the podium with 5-2 moto finishes and ends the season fifth overall in the series point standings.

“It’s super nice to end on a high with the last race of the season and carry some decent momentum into the Motocross of Nations,” Osborne said. “I’m on a bike that I feel really, really good about and I think that Jason [Anderson] and I have a really good plan to go over there and continue our success from the season. All-in-all, [it was] a really good rookie 450 season.”

Joey Savatgy races at the 2019 Ironman National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy earned his best finish of the season in Indiana.Brown Dog Wilson

Joey Savatgy returned for the final round after taking the weekend off to celebrate the birth of his first child and earned his best finish of the season with fourth place overall (4-6). The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider finished 11th in the championship points standings. “Today was an incredible feeling,” Savatgy said. “I finally feel like I was where I'm supposed to be, running up front. I've been able to put together decent motos in the last couple of rounds, but I was just feeling it today and the team set me up with an excellent bike to match it.” Justin Barcia concluded the Pro Motocross season on a high note by scoring his best overall finish in fifth with a 7-4 tally. The Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing rider’s effort secured him seventh in the championship standings.

“In the first moto, I got to a pretty good start but struggled a little bit,” Barcia admitted. “I just couldn’t get a good flow on the track, so I was a little bit frustrated with my ride. We made some bike changes before the second moto, and it definitely made a positive change. It showed because I charged the whole moto and nearly caught up to the podium position at the end of the race. All in all, it was a good ride. We had a good day. All that hard work started paying off at the end of the season. I’m sad that it’s over now, but we’ll just keep working on getting ready for the Monster Cup and the upcoming Supercross season.”

Justin Barcia races at the 2019 Ironman National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia rounded out the top five at the final round and finished seventh in the championship standings.Brown Dog Wilson

2019 450MX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 521
2 Ken Roczen Honda 463
3 Marvin Musquin KTM 451
4 Jason Anderson Husqvarna 407
5 Zach Osborne Husqvarna 403
6 Cooper Webb KTM 324
7 Justin Barcia Yamaha 315
8 Freddie Noren Suzuki 240
9 Justin Bogle KTM 222
10 Blake Baggett KTM 175
Jason Anderson races at the 2019 Ironman National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson ended the day in sixth overall, where he concludes the 2019 championship just ahead of his teammate Osborne in fourth place. “I feel like it was a very mediocre day, but all-in-all I’m happy to come out of the season healthy,” Anderson said. “Now we’ll look ahead to Motocross of Nations. I’m looking forward to going over there and ripping it up!”Brown Dog Wilson
Dean Wilson races at the 2019 Ironman National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Dean Wilson’s 9-7 moto scores gave him seventh overall. “Today was a good effort for me,” Wilson said. “Both races I pushed to the checkered and tried my best. This a track that I struggle with, so to end the season on that note, it’s okay for me. I’m healthy and looking forward to 2020.”Brown Dog Wilson
Benny Bloss races at the 2019 Ironman National Motocross 450 Class Race
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’ Benny Bloss ended the season with another top 10 performance. “[It was a] solid day for the last round,” Bloss said. “I ended up second in qualifying and went 8-8 in the motos for 8th overall. I’m bummed that I missed most of the year, but very happy with how it ended. Big thanks to everyone [on the team] for all the help and support!”Brown Dog Wilson
Marvin Musquin races at the 2019 Ironman National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin won the first moto, but went down in moto 2 and was unable to finish the race. “In the first moto, I charged hard to get around [Eli] Tomac and the lap after I passed [Ken] Roczen, and it was just awesome” Musquin said. “To me, it was the best moto of the year. In the second moto, I was maybe charging too hard off the start and I came into that left-hander too hot and couldn’t slow down enough. Zach [Osborne] was ahead of me and I couldn’t avoid him and I basically landed on him in that little turn and I couldn’t avoid that. Unfortunately, I crashed and tweaked my knee, so I couldn’t keep going. It was a bummer, I wanted to finish on a high note and also secure my second place in the championship, but unfortunately, I lost that. Right now there’s nothing we can do for it, but we’ve got some time off.”Brown Dog Wilson
Freddie Noren races at the 2019 Ironman National Motocross 450 Class Race.
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Freddie Noren rounded out the top 10 on his RM-Z450. “It was a decent last race of the season for me considering that I’m struggling with an injured shoulder,” Noren explained. “I was able to ride okay in both motos and finish 10th overall for the day. I’m happy to earn eighth overall in the points standings. I know that I have more potential in me, so I’m looking forward to the future.”Brown Dog Wilson