2019 Minneapolis Supercross 450 Class Race Report

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb claims his third victory of the season

Cooper Webb
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb claimed his third 450SX main event victory of the 2019 AMA Supercross season at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb claimed his third 450SX main event victory of the 2019 AMA Supercross season at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Webb came around the first corner in second place and passed Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy for the lead at about the halfway mark. From there, Webb led the remaining 12 laps to take the win.

“To get three wins this year is pretty spectacular, especially bouncing back from last week—having that bad race in the mud—but I never lost belief, never lost faith, and knew I was still good. I felt good all day today and to be able to apply it in the heat race, win that, and then win the main was pretty special. It’s cool. I have to pinch myself because I’ve come such a long way in a short amount of time. It’s crazy what a year or half a year will do to you. The last two years, this place ended my season, so it’s pretty cool to bounce back from that and never give up, never doubt myself, make a change, and stick to it. I want to keep doing well and doing what I’m doing. I definitely feel like I have a lot to improve on and a lot to learn, but we’ll see if we can keep going.”

Ken Roczen
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen put in another podium performance and now leads the championship standings by one point over Webb.Brown Dog Wilson

Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen started the main event in third place and maintained that position for 15 laps before passing Savatgy to take over second. With the leader Webb out of reach by that point, Roczen held his position to the finish.

“I had a little wheelie on the start and I came around [the first turn] in third,” Roczen said. “I was just in third forever because it [was] just really hard to pass out there. It [got] rutty and we’re all kind of taking similar lines. I felt really good, but I couldn't ever make the pass happen, and once Cooper [Webb] got by Joey [Savatgy], he gapped us. I wish I would’ve had a clear lap earlier because I feel like I could’ve done a charge toward the end, but with these turns and the intensity we brought, I didn’t want to just do a silly, aggressive move and bump up on the inside. I just took a little bit too long, but I’m happy with second place and [am] back in the point lead. I still want to win, but it’s all good to get out of here healthy.”

Marvin Musquin
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin struggled in his heat race, which gave him a bad gate pick for the main event. After a mid-pack start, he finessed his way to third place by the end of the feature race.Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin rounded the first corner of the main event in eighth place and put himself into a top-five position on lap 10. He made the pass for fourth late in the race and with five laps to go, moved into the third-place position, where he ultimately finished for the night.

“It was definitely a tough night,” Musquin said. “I made it really hard on myself going down in the heat race while running in second. I made a little mistake that cost me big time, and then I hit neutral and went down again. With a really bad gate pick, I knew it was going to be hard to choose either inside or outside on the gate, but I chose to go very far inside and I didn’t get the start I wanted. I was tight inside and came out [of the first turn in the] top 10, but on a track like that, it’s super tough to be in that position to make passes. It took me a long time to get into the top five and I was pushing to get around [Blake] Baggett and unfortunately he went down hard. Hopefully he’s okay. Once I was in third, I tried to give a push for second, but there was a gap and physically I gave a lot when I was trying to pass guys for most of the main event. [It was] definitely tough, but to be third on the podium tonight is a good result considering where I came from with the heat race and the start, so I’ll definitely take it.”

Joey Savatgy
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy led for 14 laps before being passed by a few riders, slipping back to fourth by the time the checkered flag flew. “Today was just awesome,” Savatgy said. “Of course I would have liked to win the main event, but we learned so much. You have to start somewhere with getting the experience of leading laps and tonight we accomplished that. My KX450 was a rocket ship all day long and helped me get the day started properly as we qualified first and then got third in the heat race. In the main event, I got a great jump out the gate and was able to make a quick pass into first. I need to clean up a few mistakes, but tonight was a big step in the right direction.”Brown Dog Wilson

Savatgy and Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts/Honda’s Justin Brayton rounded out the top five, respectively.

Justin Brayton
Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts/Honda’s Justin Brayton won his heat race early on in the night and put his CRF450R in fifth place in the main event.Brown Dog Wilson
Eli Tomac
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac suffered from a 16th-place start and with a track that was difficult to pass on, made his way to sixth by the end of the race. “Championships are won on your bad days and today we managed everything thrown our way,” Tomac said. “The positives are that it is a long season and we leave Minneapolis healthy and only two points outside of first place [in the point standings]. I’ll get back to work with the entire Monster Energy Kawasaki crew and continue to improve each week.”Brown Dog Wilson
Chad Reed
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Chad Reed qualified 10th fastest in practice and dug deep to push his way to finish in seventh in the main event. “We made some great progress with the fork settings this past week,” Reed said. “That carried over into the weekend, and helped contribute to my best qualifying result of the year. My speed and fitness are good, but I am frustrated with my starts. I’m not giving myself a fighting chance with track position being so important. It was a hard-fought seventh place. Honestly, it was my best ride of the season. I’ll continue to work on my starts and fork settings so that I get to that next level out of myself.”Brown Dog Wilson
Dean Wilson
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Dean Wilson, who recently joined the team as a fill-in rider for the injured Jason Anderson, got off to a top-10 start in the main event, where he maintained ninth place through the first five laps. He then climbed into seventh and battled just outside the top five for the remainder of the race, securing eighth overall for the night. “The night wasn’t great, but not too bad either,” Wilson said. “I’m not super pumped on it, but I came out healthy. I think the past couple weeks of not getting into my normal schedule, due to the rain and resting the week after Oakland because of my knee, definitely had me feeling it. It was a tough main event the whole time. I think just trying to get back to my normal schedule will help a lot. It was awesome to be back with the team this weekend and we’re just going to get better from here.”Brown Dog Wilson
Justin Barcia
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia (51) ran in sixth place early on in the main event, but a mistake had him on the ground. He was able to battle back from his error and cross the line in ninth. “Going into the main event, I didn’t make any bike changes or anything like that [as] I was really comfortable,” Barcia said. “I was right on the main pack of guys in front of me, I just came into the corner pretty quick, pushed my front end, ended up going down pretty hard, and rode home to ninth. For me it was a frustrating race to say the least because I felt like I was capable of being on the podium tonight and fighting for the win. It’s definitely frustrating, but I felt like I was back to myself again. Comfort-wise, I felt good on the bike. I was happy with my riding; I just wish I could’ve done better in the main event. Moving on to next weekend, I just want to have good starts and get back up front.”Brown Dog Wilson
Aaron Plessinger
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Aaron Plessinger had a poor start in the main event, but he put his head down and managed to fight his way up to 10th. “It was a rough one for me,” Plessinger said. “I definitely struggled on my starts. I got a break in the heat race. I got a bad jump, but shot the gap and made it. In the main event, I didn’t have that gap and I got shut off. I definitely need to keep working on it. We’re going to go back to California this week, [so] we’ll get some more testing in on the bike and try and dial it in a little more for me. I just need to keep working on it [and] getting used to it. I’m going to go back, do some more homework, and come back ready for Dallas.”Brown Dog Wilson

2019 450SX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Ken Roczen Honda 125
2 Cooper Webb KTM 124
3 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 123
Marvin Musquin KTM 123
5 Dean Wilson Husqvarna 95
6 Justin Barcia Yamaha 88
7 Blake Baggett KTM 82
8 Chad Reed Suzuki 81
9 Aaron Plessinger Yamaha 79
10 Cole Seely Honda 77