2019 Spring Creek National Motocross 450 Class Race Report

Cooper Webb earns first 450MX class victory of his career.

Cooper Webb races at the 2019 Spring Creek National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb claimed his first moto win and overall victory in the 450MX class.Brown Dog Wilson

It was a weekend of firsts for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Cooper Webb. At round 8 of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota, the North Carolina native captured his first-career 450MX moto win in the first race, and he repeated that performance in moto 2 to claim his first overall podium and overall win of his career in the 450MX class.

“I really wanted that second moto win,” Webb explained. “I definitely put on a hard charge in moto 2, but it was really nice to get the job done with a 1-1 and take both motos. With the success I had earlier this year [in AMA Supercross], it definitely elevated my expectations. There was a lot of stuff to figure out at the beginning of the outdoor season with setup, but I feel like we’re in a good position with where we’re at now. The break allowed me to get the bike in a good spot and kind of get myself mentally recharged.”

Zach Osborne races at the 2019 Spring Creek National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne finished in the runner-up spot despite having pain in his shoulder throughout the day.Brown Dog Wilson

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne fought through shoulder pain all day, but put his FC 450 Rockstar Edition inside the top five in both motos with 4-3 moto finishes to claim the runner-up spot for the overall.   “It was a good comeback weekend,” Osborne said. “I still have a lot of pain in my shoulder and just to be able to grind through it and go 4-3 for second overall is a really solid day for me and the team.”

Eli Tomac races at the 2019 Spring Creek National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac finished on the final step of the podium and holds a 38-point lead in the point standings.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac rounded out the overall podium at Millville with his 2-5 moto scores. The Colorado native holds a 38-point lead in the point standings with four rounds remaining in the series.   “Man, what a crazy day at Millville,” Tomac said. “The track was gnarly out there, but the track crew did an incredible job to give us something that we could race on. We only got one practice that was cut short, and the track changed drastically throughout the day. It was a bit of survival mode out there for a lot of guys, which resulted in a lot of lapped traffic that held me back at the end of moto 1. In moto 2, we got a decent jump but got shuffled back and then I had a small tip-over in the back section when I was charging toward the front, so I was only able to climb up to fifth. The team and I worked hard during the off week and have found a setting [on my bike], which I think showed in moto 1. I am happy to be leaving here with a podium and was able to add an additional four points to my lead in the championship points standings.”

Marvin Musquin races at the 2019 Spring Creek National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin narrowly missed the overall podium with his 3-7 moto finishes.Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin narrowly missed the overall podium with his 3-7 moto finishes. The French rider sits second in the point standings to Tomac after eight rounds of racing.   “I’m definitely not happy because the riding today was pretty good, but the result is not what I wanted,” Musquin explained. “I was looking forward to a good battle for the lead and to make up some points, but that didn’t happen. Next week is Washougal and we’ll spend the week in California working with the team, so it will be good.”

Ken Roczen races at the 2019 Spring Creek National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen struggled in moto 1, but came back to finish in the runner-up spot in moto 2, which put him in fifth overall for the day.Brown Dog Wilson

Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen struggled in the first moto of the day finishing an uncharacteristic 14th, but he redeemed himself in the second moto by leading the majority of it before taking the checkered flag in second. His 14-2 scores put him in fifth overall on the day.   “It was a crazy day,” Roczen said. “The weather wasn’t on our side, at least for the first half of the day. We only had about 10 minutes of practice and then it was a waiting game for the motos. My first moto was terrible, so not much to say other than that. I didn’t have a good drive down the start straight and fell way back outside the top 15. Then right after the finish line, another rider went down in front of me and I was unable to avoid him, so I went down too. I tried a new setting but just couldn’t get comfortable at all, so for the second race we switched back to my base setup, which is what I’m most familiar with. I hooked up great off the start and came around the first turn in second. Cooper [Webb] and I swapped back and forth a few times before I made the pass. I stayed in the lead for most the race, but unfortunately got pretty tired those last few laps and he was able to get back by me. I tried to make a final charge on the last lap and we were right together across the finish, but I ended up second. It was good redemption from the first race, so I’m happy with how it ended.”

Justin Barcia races at the 2019 Spring Creek National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia missed the top 10 in the first moto with his 11th-place finish, but he redeemed himself in the second moto with a fourth, which put him in sixth overall at Spring Creek.Brown Dog Wilson

2019 450MX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 342
2 Marvin Musquin KTM 304
3 Ken Roczen Honda 293
4 Cooper Webb KTM 288
5 Jason Anderson Husqvarna 272
6 Zach Osborne Husqvarna 265
7 Justin Barcia Yamaha 198
8 Blake Baggett KTM 175
9 Justin Bogle KTM 166
10 Freddie Noren Suzuki 156
John Short races at the 2019 Spring Creek National Motocross 450 Class Race.
TPJ Racing Honda’s John Short put in consistent results in the two motos to capture a top-10 overall result. “Seventh overall [with] 6-8 [moto finishes] at Millville,” Short said. “It was a good weekend and a good confidence builder for me as we continue into the final four rounds of the season.Brown Dog Wilson
Freddie Noren races at the 2019 Spring Creek National Motocross 450 Class Race.
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Freddie Noren put his RM-Z450 in ninth place overall with his 7-11 moto scores.Brown Dog Wilson
Henry Miller races at the 2019 Spring Creek National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Paulson Rock/FXR Racing/KTM’s Henry Miller rode to an impressive fifth-place finish in moto 1 and got 14th in moto 2, which put him in ninth overall on the day.Brown Dog Wilson
Benny Bloss races at the 2019 Spring Creek National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’ Benny Bloss rounded out the top 10 on his 450 SX-F Factory Edition. “16-6 for 10th overall [at Millville],” Bloss said. “I had some serious struggles in the first [moto], but I’m very happy with the second one. I finally felt like myself again.”Brown Dog Wilson