2019 Southwick National Motocross 450 Class Race Report

Second consecutive overall victory for Marvin Musquin

Marvin Musquin races at the 2019 Southwick National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin captured his second consecutive overall victory in the sands of Southwick.Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin captured his second consecutive overall victory in the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at The Wick 338 in Southwick, Massachusetts this past weekend. The Frenchman began his day by setting the fastest qualifying time in practice. He holeshotted the first moto and led from start to finish to take the race victory. In moto 2, he got off to a third place start and on lap 4, he made the pass for second and was able to maintain the position to finish second in the moto. Musquin now sits second in the championship point standings.   “Qualifying first meant a whole lot coming into the races today,” Musquin said. “I was so pumped to grab the holeshot in the first moto! It was a long moto; when you lead like that the whole time it feels like forever, but it was super important to win that one because everyone was right there. I didn’t get the same start in the second moto, but I worked my way through to second and it was good [enough] for the overall. It was tough out there physically, but we stayed consistent and came away with the overall.”

Zach Osborne races at the 2019 Southwick National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne achieved his first 450MX class race victory in moto 2.Brown Dog Wilson

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne battled for a podium position early on in the first moto and ultimately finished third in that race. In moto 2, he put himself into second place off the start and moved into the lead on the opening lap. Osborne opened up a gap on the rest of the field and held on to take the moto win and finish second overall.   “I had a really good day,” Osborne said. “I struggled badly in qualifying, but all in all I had a good day with 3-1 finishes. I was able to get my first moto win in the 450 class. I’m super stoked to get that out of the way and really happy to just keep making progress.”

Eli Tomac races at the 2019 Southwick National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac rounded out the overall podium and extended his points lead.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac rounded out the overall podium with his 2-3 moto finishes. The Colorado native began the day with a six-point lead in the point standings, but left Southwick with a 26-point cushion, which also marks the first time in 2019 a rider will sit atop the 450MX class championship standings for consecutive races.   "Today ended up being a little tougher than I anticipated,” Tomac admitted. “The heat combined with the tough demands of a sand track and constantly being pelted with sand and rocks wore me out. I'm happy to be leaving with another podium finish and the points lead. Now that we're heading into the second half of the season, I'm going to remain focused on this championship and keep striving for those overall wins."

Cooper Webb races at the 2019 Southwick National Motocross 450 Class Race.
It was a day of fourths for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb. He finished fourth in both motos and fourth overall for the day.Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb positioned himself in fourth place early on in moto 1, but accidently clicked his 450 SX-F Factory Edition into neutral and fell over, putting him back to sixth with a badly bent clutch lever. He was unable to utilize his clutch for the remainder of the race, but came back to finish fourth. In moto 2, he got the holeshot, but fell back to fourth by the time the checkered flag flew. Webb’s consistent 4-4 moto finishes gave him fourth overall for the day.   “Southwick was a step in the right direction for me,” Webb said. “The day went well and it’s definitely the best I’ve ridden so far. I really enjoy racing [at Redbud] and hopefully I can get on the podium [there next weekend].”

Jason Anderson races at the 2019 Southwick National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson rounded out the top five and sits fifth in the point standings.Brown Dog Wilson

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson rounded out the top five with his 7-5 moto finishes. The New Mexico native sits fifth overall in the championship point standings at the halfway point in the series.   “My weekend went pretty sub-par,” Anderson said. “We’ll take fifth overall and look forward to improving that for next week.”

Justin Barcia races at the 2019 Southwick National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia’s consistent 6-6 moto finishes gave him sixth overall in Massachusetts. “In moto 1, on the start I clicked neutral and pretty much came from outside the top 30 to sixth,” Barcia said. “I felt like I rode well, but not one of those races I’m really thrilled with. The second moto I just missed my gear and had a bad start. [It was] just one of those days and we’ll keep plugging along. Redbud is a good track for me and I’m looking forward to next weekend.”Brown Dog Wilson

2019 450MX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 257
2 Marvin Musquin KTM 231
3 Ken Roczen Honda 229
4 Zach Osborne Husqvarna 227
 5 Jason Anderson Husqvarna 212
6 Cooper Webb KTM 202
7 Justin Barcia Yamaha 159
8 Dean Ferris Yamaha 136
9 Blake Baggett KTM 131
10 Justin Bogle KTM 117
Freddie Noren races at the 2019 Southwick National Motocross 450 Class Race.
In his debut ride with the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team, Freddie Noren went 5-7 for seventh overall. “I had an awesome start with the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing crew finishing seventh overall,” Noren said. “Having the support system of everyone around me this weekend was more helpful than I can explain. I’m excited for the remainder of the season.”Brown Dog Wilson
Dean Ferris races at the 2019 Southwick National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Dean Ferris had two difficult motos, but was still able to secure eighth overall at Southwick. “I had a terrible start in moto 1 and had put in a really big fight,” Ferris said. “I am quite happy with the moto and wasn’t too far behind some really big guys. In moto 2, I ended up going down and it was really physically demanding. I’m glad it’s over and we can focus on the next race.”Brown Dog Wilson
Ken Roczen races at the 2019 Southwick National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen battled physical challenges from the extremely hot and humid conditions in Florida last weekend, going 12-10 in the motos for ninth overall. “I struggled a little bit recovering from last weekend’s race,” Roczen said. “Still, I came in with full motivation and a new fork setting that unfortunately didn’t work out very well for me in the first moto. On top of that, I could’ve recovered a little better from the weekend before, but I knew that I went out there and gave my best. For sure it wasn’t what we were looking for, but we’re going to continue working hard on the bike and I’m going to continue working on myself to get back in top shape and get back to winning races.”Brown Dog Wilson
John Short races at the 2019 Southwick National Motocross 450 Class Race.
TPJ Racing Honda’s John Short rounded out the top 10 on his CRF450R. “The track was definitely a tough one!” Short said. “A positive day at Southwick though with some solid results. I’m looking forward to continuing to work hard to make progress and carry some momentum from this weekend over into Redbud.”Brown Dog Wilson