2019 San Diego Supercross 450 Class Photo Finish

The top 10, in photos, from the 2019 San Diego Supercross

Eli Tomac
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac claimed his first main event victory of the 2019 season at round 5 of the AMA Supercross series at Petco Park in San Diego.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac captured his first 450SX main event win of the 2019 AMA Supercross season in the muddy conditions at Petco Park in San Diego. The Kawasaki rider grabbed a second-place start and quickly moved into first, going on to lead all 12 laps to take the victory. Tomac now holds the point lead heading into round 6 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

“Today was just insane with the weather conditions and the sloppy mud,” Tomac said. “For me, today was one of those days where I just felt on all day long. I had a few hectic moments in the main event, but we survived the mud, got our job done, and now we are leaving with the red plate, which feels good. I am looking forward to racing back underneath a dome next week on a dry track in Minneapolis."

Marvin Musquin
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin made a last-lap pass on Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen to take the runner-up spot.Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin came around the first corner of the feature race in 10th place and made a big charge on lap two, swiftly climbing his way to sixth in a matter of a few sections. With two laps to go, he moved into third and set his sights on Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen. Musquin was able to pass Roczen just before the checkered flag flew, giving him his third consecutive runner-up result.

“It was a crazy day, and a long [one],” Musquin said. “We waited all day to get out and do only one practice, but I was able to qualify good in third and take third in my heat race. I didn’t get a great start in the main event and the dirt was so heavy. It packed up in my goggles, [making] my helmet really heavy. I scraped my goggles on the first lap a couple times to save my roll-off and it worked until the end, which was great. I came back after that, but I had no idea where I was [position-wise]. It’s crazy because you don’t want to crash, but you want to try to pass guys in front of you and make up time. But you also try to be safe and try to stay on two wheels, and that’s what I did. I knew Kenny [Roczen] was in front of me at the end, but I didn’t know if that was for third or second—and then I crossed the finish line and looked at the board and it was a second, which is great. I’m glad I’m on the podium tonight. Now [we’ll] go to the East Coast with a dome stadium and a dry track!”

Roczen rounded out the podium and is now tied for second in the point standings with Musquin.Brown Dog Wilson

Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen grabbed the holeshot in the main event but went down in the second turn and fell to fifth. The German rider quickly regained his composure, moving up to fourth by the completion of the first lap. Roczen then took advantage of a mechanical issue by Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia and a mistake by Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Justin Bogle to move into second, but was overtaken by Musquin on the final lap, slotting him into third for the evening.

“[It] was a really weird day,” Roczen said. “We didn’t even get on the track until after 5:00 p.m. and only had the one qualifying practice. I got 12th, which wasn’t great, but the conditions were absolutely brutal. I got off to a pretty good start in the heat race and ended up winning, which was great. Going into the main and being able to pick whatever gate I wanted was huge. I got off to such a good start, it was crazy, and actually almost went down in the first turn because it was so slippery, but I pulled it off. Then I actually went down in the second turn, which I was really bummed about. In those conditions, you don’t want to be anywhere but in the front. Going back to fourth or so was not what I wanted and just made it harder on me. I thought I was third most of the time, but I guess I was second, and then Marvin [Musquin] got by me with just a turn left, so I was pretty bummed. There was so much craziness going on, you can lose 10 seconds in a lap—or gain it, for that matter. I’m glad to be on the podium and be getting out of here safe. It’s been a long time since I’ve gotten out of the West Coast healthy, so I’m happy about that and looking forward to the rest of the season.”

Bogle and JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Chad Reed rounded out the top five, respectively.

Justin Bogle
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Justin Bogle achieved a season-best fourth-place result.Brown Dog Wilson
Chad Reed
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Chad Reed dug deep to finish fifth place in the main event, a season-best for the veteran racer. “San Diego is always a race I really enjoy,” Reed said. “I had a great week in California leading up to the race. It was a rain schedule, which is always challenging. There was a lot of sitting around going on. The track was gnarly. My heat race start was okay, but I was splashed with mud and couldn’t get clear vision quickly enough. I had to stop, but I came back to seventh. The main event wasn’t my best mud performance, but I’m really happy to get up into the top five. I’m back in North Carolina this week and looking forward to continue working with the team to get up on that podium.”Brown Dog Wilson
Aaron Plessinger
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Aaron Plessinger used his GNCC racing skills to put himself in sixth place in San Diego. “It was a mudder,” Plessinger said. “I had a really good heat race. I got passed at the end for first and ended up second, but was happy with my progress. I definitely think my off-road background helps in the mud a bit, but I’m still getting used to the 450. Its power. Its weight. It’s a tough transition from 250s. You know, I’m learning still. I just have to get the starts, get the bike to where I can really manhandle it. I felt pretty good throughout the race. My stomach was still not feeling great. I had food poisoning on Thursday and I really didn’t know what to expect coming into the race weekend. So it was a decent result, but I’m still not satisfied. I want to get inside the top five. I’m going to work hard this week and prepare for Minneapolis.”Brown Dog Wilson
Joey Savatgy
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy finished in seventh at Petco Park. “There were a lot of positives for me to take away from this weekend,” Savatgy said. “I got third in my heat race, which gave me a good gate pick for the main event, which is so important on a night like tonight in these muddy conditions. I got a good jump out the gate, but the mud got me on lap one. I didn’t know what place I was in so I just put my head down, stayed calm, and tried to catch one guy at a time. I am already looking forward to next weekend.”Brown Dog Wilson
Cooper Webb
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb went over the bars in the main event, but remounted his 450 SX-F to finish eighth. “It was an up-and-down weekend here in San Diego,” Webb said. “It rained a lot, so it made for a challenging day but I qualified second, which was good. The heat race went well; I got a second in that too. In the main event, I had a decent start and was running fifth but I got held up. I’m not sure if [Musquin’s] bike stalled in front of me, but I ended up going over the handlebars and was able to manage an eighth place for tonight. It’s definitely not where we wanted to be, but I’m happy to make it out of this race with some points and I’m looking forward to getting back up on the podium next weekend in Minneapolis.”Brown Dog Wilson
Blake Baggett
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Blake Baggett ran near the front early on, but fell back to ninth by the time the checkered flag flew.Brown Dog Wilson
Tyler Bowers
Triggr Racing/Blud Lubricants/AHM Factory Services/Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers rounded out the top 10 in the muddy conditions.Brown Dog Wilson

2019 450SX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 106
2 Marvin Musquin KTM 102
3 Ken Roczen Honda 102
4 Cooper Webb KTM 98
5 Blake Baggett KTM 80
Dean Wilson Husqvarna 80
7 Justin Barcia Yamaha 74
8 Aaron Plessinger Yamaha 66
9 Chad Reed Suzuki 65
10  Cole Seely Honda 65