2019 Seattle Supercross 450 Class Race Report

Marvin Musquin achieves his second victory of the season, but gets penalized for jumping on a red cross flag

Marvin Musquin
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin won the race, but was penalized seven points for jumping while a red cross flag flew.Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin grabbed his second consecutive main event victory at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, round 12 of the AMA Supercross series. However, the points weren’t tallied until after many of the 58,721 fans made their way out of the stadium. The reason: Musquin jumping through a rhythm section while a red cross flag, which signals that tires must remain on the ground, was displayed. The French rider incurred a seven-point penalty for his mistake.

“I really enjoyed the track and the riding,” Musquin said. “I was super happy about everything today. Unfortunately, I made a mistake in not seeing the red cross flag. I saw a lot of yellows and I slowed down to make sure I was safe, but I did jump, and the rules are no jumping. It’s a big bummer [and] hard to swallow, but it doesn’t take anything away from a big win today.”

Ken Roczen
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen’s second-place finish marks his first podium performance since round 7 in Arlington, Texas.Brown Dog Wilson

Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen trailed Musquin for most of the main event in second place and closed in on him on the final lap, but was unable to make a pass attempt and finished in the runner-up spot.

“Today was a lot better for me,” Roczen said. “I’m still not 100 percent with whatever is going on with my body, but the feeling that I had on the bike was good all day. It was the same for the races—I just tried to go out there and have fun, and I rode really well. I had a good heat race with the win and then got a good start in the main. The track was super technical, especially with the whoops, which were very tough. I had a good battle with Marvin for a second. He jumped on the red cross flag, which opened up the gap for a bit, but overall, going from where we were the last two weekends and not feeling great to racing like we did today and feeling a lot better, it was a huge step in the right direction. I think we’re all pretty happy with how it ended up this weekend; it’s a big monkey off our back!”

Eli Tomac
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac rounded out the podium and sits third place overall in the point standings with five rounds remaining in the series.Brown Dog Wilson
Cooper Webb
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb finished just one step off the podium and with Musquin’s penalty, maintains a 14-point lead in the championship. “It was a tough main event,” Webb said. “I’ve been really good on my starts and didn’t execute, so pretty frustrating. It was a tough main event for sure, but I put my head down and was losing a lot of time. I wasn’t doing a quad that a lot of the guys started doing and was behind the eight ball on that. So once I started doing that, I started making some passes. Those guys were great tonight. They straight up outrode me. Frustrating, but we’ll make some changes, get better, and come back.”Brown Dog Wilson
Joey Savatgy
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy placed fifth on his KX450. “I’m feeling good,” Savatgy said. “It’s great to place in the top five and I hope to just continue on this upward trend we’re on. I felt I had the speed and I’ve had so many learning experiences in the past few weeks that I feel I was able to apply tonight. I’m still shooting for my goal to land on the podium before the season ends and I’ll just keep grinding until I get there.”Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac rounded out the top five at the start of the race and made his way up to a third place early on, the position he remained for the remainder of the race. Tomac’s third place finish marks his sixth podium performance of the season.

Dean Wilson
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Dean Wilson qualified fastest in practice and carried that momentum into the main event, finishing in sixth place at CenturyLink Field. “Overall, it was a pretty good day,” Wilson said. “I was the fastest qualifier, which is always a good way to start the day. I’ve been working really hard during the week and I would say today was a pretty good improvement. I fought to the finish and was very close to a top five, so overall it was an improvement.”Brown Dog Wilson
Blake Baggett
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Blake Baggett battled with Wilson for part of the race and put his 450 SX-F in seventh.Brown Dog Wilson
Zach Osborne
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne grabbed the holeshot in the main event, got shuffled back to 10th, and worked his way back to eighth by the time the checkered flag flew. “A big step in the right direction for me today and just an overall better day,” Osborne said. “I got the start in the main event, which was really awesome. It’s a tough class right now and I know what I’m capable of, and that’s to be at the front, so I’ll just keep working and it’ll come.”Brown Dog Wilson

“[It was a] better overall race than last week,” Tomac said. “I got pushed a little bit out wide there on the start, made a good move though down the second straightaway, a few passes, and then felt like I was in touch with Marvin and Ken for the first half of the race. And then I fell off a little bit in the middle and then kind of felt like I came back at the end, but at that point was too far gone. I was working the whoops good early in the race, skimming, and then kind of took too long to get to my rhythm jumping, and that’s what cost me. So I’ve got to pick up on those lines a little bit quicker next time.”

Cole Seely
Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely came around the first corner in fourth and fought to retain that position, but was passed by a number of riders and crossed the line in ninth. “I finally put myself in a good position to run up front this weekend,” Seely said. “Honestly, I’m not in the best shape right now and the training I didn’t get to do last year because of my injury is really catching up with me. I lost a lot with cardio and strength and I’m feeling the impact of that now. I’m doing what I can during the week, but it’s hard to build strength and build endurance during the season and not feel too flat on the weekends. Of course, I’m doing my best. I’ve had some speed and finally got to show that. It’s a hard pill to swallow fading that far back, but at the same time, it’s the position that I’m in right now. I’ve never had a year like this where I’m building throughout the entire season. It’s hard and it’s different, but we’re going to keep pushing and keep fighting.”Brown Dog Wilson
Tyler Bowers
Triggr Racing/Blud Lubricants/AHM Factory Services/Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers rounded out the top 10 on his KX450.Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy rounded out the top five, respectively.

2019 450SX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Cooper Webb KTM 262
2 Marvin Musquin KTM 248
3 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 243
4 Ken Roczen Honda 239
5 Blake Baggett KTM 200
6 Dean Wilson Husqvarna 180
7 Joey Savatgy Kawasaki 159
8 Chad Reed Suzuki 151
9 Justin Barcia Yamaha 144
10 Cole Seely Honda 142