2019 Nashville Supercross 450 Class Race Report

Eli Tomac claims fourth victory of the season

Eli Tomac
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac claimed his fourth victory of the 2019 AMA Supercross season at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. “Man, what a day today was!” Tomac said. “It was up and down all day long. Being in the lead in the heat race and then getting sent to the LCQ was not something I wanted to do, but to come back and win the LCQ and then go on to win the main event was just insane. It has honestly left me speechless. I can’t thank my whole Monster Energy Kawasaki crew enough. They worked their butts off all week long with me. Tonight was a true team effort and I couldn’t be more proud to get them this win!”Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac claimed his fourth victory of the 2019 AMA Supercross season in front of 54,703 fans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. Tomac's night started off eventfully after his bike quit while he was leading the first 450SX class heat race of the night, sending him to the LCQ, which he won. In the main event, Tomac passed Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Cooper Webb about a third of the way through the race, and led the remaining 18 laps to take the win.

Blake Baggett and Cooper Webb
Left: Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Blake Baggett finished in the runner-up spot, which marked his fifth podium performance of the season. Right: Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb holeshot the main event and led for eight laps before falling back to third. “It was nice to get the holeshot and lead some laps in the main event,” Webb said. “I made some mistakes and got passed by Eli and Blake—they were both riding really good tonight. I’m keeping the bigger picture in mind and a podium finish isn’t too bad. We were able to take away some points and extend the lead a little bit heading into the last three rounds.”Brown Dog Wilson

“I’m kind of at a loss for words, really,” Tomac said. “Qualifying was not so good. I was a little behind and not my normal self. Then I was leading the heat race and don’t know what happened, and went to the LCQ and got through that. I had some fortune with those crashes [of Musquin and Roczen], but overall I felt good throughout the whole main and that’s the most important thing. Thanks to everyone for sticking together.”

Dean Wilson
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Dean Wilson qualified third in practice and used that momentum to finish fourth in his heat race and in the main event. “I qualified third, so the speed was good today,” Wilson said. “In the heat race, I rode a bit tight and ended up fourth. In the main event, I got a good start and avoided some carnage early on and got into second. I got passed by a couple guys and from there I rode in a pretty solid fourth the whole race. Fourth is a good finish, but the podium was so close, so I just have to keep pushing for that.”Brown Dog Wilson

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Blake Baggett spent a fair amount of time in third place behind Webb, but made the pass on his fellow KTM rider in the latter stages of the race to finish in the runner-up spot. Baggett’s second-place finish in Nashville was his fifth podium performance of the 2019 season.

Zach Osborne
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne secured a career-best fifth place in Nashville. “Progress is progress, even if it’s slow or small,” Osborne said. “I started off a little slow on the day, but a third in the heat race and fifth in the main event definitely feels like we’re going in the right direction. I’ll keep plugging away and looking forward to outdoors.”Brown Dog Wilson

Webb snagged the holeshot in the main event and fended off a charge from Musquin early on. He was later passed by Tomac and Baggett, and held on to the final podium position of the night despite having an off day.

Marvin Musquin
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin got right behind Webb in the opening laps of the race, but crashed in the whoops and was forced to make his way back through the pack. The French rider made his way up to sixth when the checkered flag flew. “Qualifying eighth in the heat race kind of put me in a bad position for the main event, but I was able to get a decent start in second,” Musquin said. “Unfortunately, I made another mistake in the first set of whoops and I went down. From last, I came all the way back to sixth place, which is okay, but the end result is not good so we’ll keep on fighting.”Brown Dog Wilson

“It was a tough day,” Webb said. “I struggled all day, to be honest. I am just happy to be up here. I was terrible in the whoops and that was this racetrack. I think as everyone could see, I was a fish out of water in those things. I am going to get to work on that this week. It’s ridiculous. We are going to get better and just keep plugging away.”

Cole Seely
Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely advanced to fifth place on lap six and maintaining the position for much of the race before late fatigue caused him to relinquish two positions and take the checkered flag in seventh. “Tonight was good, but still not great,” Seely said. “I’m still happy though. I was running really good for the first 14 minutes of the main event and then just got tired there toward the end. It’s kind of been the story of my season, unfortunately. I’ve been struggling with my fitness—more strength-wise than cardio. I’ve been working on it, but it’s hard to build during the season because you can’t work yourself so hard during the week then be flat on the weekends. It’s a fine line but I think I’m doing a good job in my routine. We’re just taking the positives away from tonight. I feel like I rode really well and rode with more confidence than I normally do when I line up.”Brown Dog Wilson

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing teammates Dean Wilson and Zach Osborne rounded out the top five, respectively.

Eli Tomac
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen challenged Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac for second place early on in the race, but the Kawasaki rider slid out, causing Roczen to run into the back of him and get sent over the Tuff blocks. Roczen remounted his CRF450R from the back of the pack to finish eighth. “I don’t even know what to say because nothing surprises me at this point,” Roczen said. “I feel like I just can’t catch a break. Things started out so great and I really felt like tonight could have been my night. Everything was flowing well in qualifying and I got another heat-race win. My bike was working great and I was having fun. I didn’t get the start that I wanted in the main event, but was making passes quickly. Unfortunately, [Joey] Savatgy went down while I was right behind him and I hit his bike. There was nothing I could do; I had nowhere to go. By the time I got going again I was last, so I just tried to dig deep and do whatever I could to make up as many positions as possible. I’m not happy with eighth but it’s okay considering what happened. We’ve got a few more opportunities to make it happen, so on to Denver.”Brown Dog Wilson
Justin Bogle and Tyler Bowers
Left: Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Justin Bogle put his 450 SX-F in ninth place in Tennessee. Right: Triggr Racing/Blud Lubricants/AHM Factory Services/Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers rounded out the top 10 on his KX450.Brown Dog Wilson

2019 450SX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Cooper Webb KTM 309
2 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 288
  Marvin Musquin KTM 288
4 Ken Roczen Honda 267
5 Blake Baggett KTM 238
6 Dean Wilson Husqvarna 220
7 Cole Seely Honda 176
8 Joey Savatgy Kawasaki 174
9 Justin Barcia Yamaha 154
10 Chad Reed Suzuki 151