2019 Redbud National Motocross 450 Class Race Report

Eli Tomac extends point lead with third overall victory of the season.

Eli Tomac races at the 2019 Redbud National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac captured his third overall victory of the season at round 7 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac captured his third overall victory at round 7 of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Redbud MX in Buchanan, Michigan. Tomac came around the first corner of moto 1 in third place and moved into the runner-up spot on lap 3. He overtook first place on the following lap and held the lead for the remaining 13 laps to take the checkered flag with a 6.3-second gap on the rest of the field for his sixth moto win of the season. In moto 2, Tomac got off to a seventh-place start and worked his way up to second place by the conclusion of the race. The Colorado native holds a 34-point gap over his nearest competitor in the series point standings with five rounds remaining in the series.

“Man, the track was gnarly out there, but I always have fun riding at Redbud,” Tomac said. “The crowd was so loud; it was unbelievable. There's really nothing like riding out there with all of that energy and being able to get the job done for them. The team has worked so hard to get me the best bike setup and I’m feeling even more comfortable and confident on my [bike]. It feels so good when you put it all together and get another overall win. Because of all that work put in, we’ve been able to go on a roll this season and we’re all looking forward to keeping that momentum going after taking this next weekend off.”

Jason Anderson races at the 2019 Redbud National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson put his FC 450 Rockstar Edition in the runner-up spot at Redbud MX.Brown Dog Wilson

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson got off to a top five start in moto 1 and worked his way into second by the time the race ended. In moto 2, he positioned himself inside the top five once again. He contended for a top-three position for most of the race, but finished just off the podium when the checkered flag flew. Anderson’s 2-4 moto scores were enough to overtake second overall for the day, and he now sits fourth overall in the point standings.

“We’re progressing and we’re getting better every weekend,” Anderson said. “The fans here at Redbud are amazing! This weekend went a lot better than the last. I was able to get second overall, which is another podium, so we’ll take it and just keep climbing.”

Marvin Musquin races at the 2019 Redbud National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin rounded out the overall podium in Buchanan, Michigan, after taking the win in moto 2.Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin earned his third consecutive podium finish with a come-from-behind performance in the first moto, followed by the race win in moto 2.

“The riding was really good all day, but unfortunately, I didn’t get a great start in the first moto and then ended up going down in the first lap,” Musquin said. “It was very bad, but I came back from dead last to seventh. To be able to win the second moto is just awesome and to salvage a podium was really important today—it’s good for the team and it’s good for me.”

Cooper Webb races at the 2019 Redbud National Motocross 450 Class Race
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb finished one step off the box with his 3-5 moto scores.Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb began his day by qualifying fastest in practice. In the motos, he went 3-5 for fourth overall. Webb is ranked fifth in the championship standings with five rounds remaining in the series.

“Redbud was a step in the right direction for me,” Webb said. “Practice went really well. I was able to qualify first for the first time ever in outdoors. To go 3-5 for fourth overall is all right. I wish I would have been a little bit better in the second moto, but so far, it’s the best day yet. We’ll keep plugging away to try and get better for Millville.”

Ken Roczen races at the 2019 Redbud National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen captured a podium finish in moto 2 and fifth overall for the day.Brown Dog Wilson

Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen rounded out the top five with his 6-3 moto scores. The German rider is still struggling with health issues that plagued him for the latter half of the AMA Supercross series earlier this year.

“It’s hard to be completely satisfied with the way that I’m feeling and how today went overall, but I’m happy with the second moto,” Roczen said. “Obviously, I haven’t been myself. It’s been a tough few weeks and we’re trying to figure it out. The first few races when it was cool out, it wasn’t as much of an issue, but with the heat and humidity, it’s been tough. I’m just going out there and doing my best. The first moto would’ve been okay too because I had worked my way into fifth, but then I actually threw up with like five minutes to go. I let it all out and just finished the race, but did lose time. [In] the second moto, I got a much better start and just tried to do the best that I could for as long as I could. I’m happy with how I was riding and finishing third.”

Justin Bogle races at the 2019 Redbud National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’ Justin Bogle’s consistent 4-6 moto finishes gave him sixth overall. “Progress this weekend at Redbud,” Bogle said. “It felt good to be out front for a bit and get some good starts. We are going to keep it moving and keep working.”Brown Dog Wilson

2019 450MX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 304
2 Marvin Musquin KTM 270
3 Ken Roczen Honda 264
4 Jason Anderson Husqvarna 252
5 Cooper Webb KTM 238
6 Zach Osborne Husqvarna 227
7 Justin Barcia Yamaha 170
8 Blake Baggett KTM 159
9 Justin Bogle KTM 150
10 Dean Ferris Yamaha 136
Blake Baggett races at the 2019 Redbud National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Blake Baggett was the second of three Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS riders inside the top 10 with his seventh-place overall finish.Brown Dog Wilson
Benny Bloss races at the 2019 Redbud National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’ Benny Bloss is getting back into the swing of things after missing the entire AMA Supercross season with a knee injury. “Redbud [was a] big step in the right direction,” Bloss said. “[I’m] ready to have a solid two weeks and be better at Millville!”Brown Dog Wilson
Dean Wilson races at the 2019 Redbud National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Dean Wilson finished ninth overall in his first race back since the Denver Supercross in April. “My first race back in almost three months and [with] missing all [of] outdoors [last year], I knew I had to get back out there as soon as possible and get some races under my belt. Although I’m not quite 100 percent yet, I had a brilliant time out there.”Brown Dog Wilson
Freddie Noren races at the 2019 Redbud National Motocross 450 Class Race.
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Freddie Noren rounded out the top 10 on his RM-Z450. “It was awesome to be back racing at Redbud!” Noren said. “It was kind of an off day for me. I struggled to ride to my potential. Still, I’m happy to salvage a 10th overall.”Brown Dog Wilson