2019 Unadilla National Motocross 450 Class Race Report

Roczen dominates in New York.

Ken Roczen races at the 2019 Unadilla National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen dominated at Unadilla MX. The German rider was fastest in qualifying practice and won both motos to easily take the overall victory.Brown Dog Wilson

Team Honda HRC's Ken Roczen clinched his third overall victory of the season at round 10 of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Unadilla MX in New Berlin, New York this past weekend. The German rider won both races, taking the checkers 15.2 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor in the first moto and 22.4 seconds in moto 2. With two rounds remaining in the series, Roczen sits third in the championship standings, just one point down from Marvin Musquin in second place.   "Everything just came natural today and was clicking," Roczen said. "I'm liking the bike a lot and I like the track too, so I just went out and had fun. I feel like when I'm having fun, that's when I get the best results. As a team, we've never had a day where we were the fastest in practice and went 1-1 in the motos, and I haven't personally done that in a long time either, so today was definitely one for the books. It's a big monkey off my back and a good confidence boost because we have a couple races to go. I feel like we've got the bike dialed in over the last couple of weeks and now I'm just going to leave it the way it is. Hopefully we'll keep getting good results."

Marvin Musquin races at the 2019 Unadilla National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin gained 10 points in the championship chase with his second place overall result.Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Marvin Musquin gained 10 points in the championship chase with his second place overall result at Unadilla. The Frenchman got off to a top five start in moto 1 and moved into a podium position on the opening lap. On lap 6, he moved into second place and remained there until the checkered flag flew. In moto 2, he grabbed the holeshot and early lead, but after leading for two laps, he made a mistake and got passed. From there he battled his way to another second place finish.   "I'm pretty happy with my day, but I wish I would have given it a better fight in the second moto," Musquin admitted. "I felt good in both motos, but at the end I started making mistakes. Overall it's a good day, but I wanted more. I have good memories here [from] winning my first 250 race here in 2013, so of course I want more of that, but I'm happy to gain 10 points on Eli Tomac in the overall championship."

Zach Osborne races at the 2019 Unadilla National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne rounded out the overall podium with consistent 4-4 moto finishes.Brown Dog Wilson

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Zach Osborne settled into fourth early on in the first moto and at about the halfway point, he began applying pressure for third. However, a mistake on lap 9 dropped him back to fifth. After that, he made one pass to take the checkered in fourth. In moto 2, he put himself into third place early on, but lost the position after battling there for most of the race to take another fourth. Osborne's consistent 4-4 moto scores netted him second overall at Unadilla.   "Overall, it was a decent day," Osborne said. "Typically, a 4-4 isn't going to get you on the podium, but it did today. I'm happy with my riding, I just really didn't have the speed today. I felt good in both motos and I'm happy to be back on the podium."

Eli Tomac races at the 2019 Unadilla National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac holds a 40-point lead over Musquin in the championship standings with two rounds remaining in the series.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac grabbed the holeshot in moto 1 before dropping to second on the opening lap. An uncharacteristic performance by the reigning champ saw him drop back to seventh by the race's end. However, he improved upon that in moto 2 with a third place result. Tomac finished fourth overall in New York and holds a 40-point gap over Musquin in the championship standings with two rounds remaining in the series.   "Although my starts were much better and I even got the holeshot in moto 1, today was tough," Tomac shared. "The track was challenging and my body was just physically exhausted, so I struggled to find my flow in the first moto. I was able to come back in the second moto and finish strong. Of course today wasn't my best result, but we finished the day with a decent fourth overall. I'm healthy and in a good position heading into the last two rounds with the ultimate goal of winning the championship."

Jason Anderson races at the 2019 Unadilla National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson finished fifth overall for the second race in a row.Brown Dog Wilson

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson got shuffled off the start in moto 1 and began the race in 11th. He made his way into eighth place by the halfway point and continued to charge through the field, working his way up to fifth place by the time the checkered flag flew. His moto 2 start wasn’t significantly better than the first as he got pushed wide and took a short off-track excursion, but he ultimately settled into seventh on the opening lap. Anderson was able to repeat his fifth place result from the prior moto, his 5-5 moto scores giving him fifth overall on the day.   “My weekend went pretty good,” Anderson said. “I was happy to qualify third and then be consistent with top fives in the motos, but I definitely want more. I want to be on the podium and fighting for wins.”

Justin Barcia races at the 2019 Unadilla National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia put his YZ450F in sixth overall at Unadilla. “The first moto [was the] ride we are looking for,” Barcia said. “We obviously want to win, but to get third was a step in the right direction. In the second moto, I was mid-pack on the start and was quickly moving through the pack. I ended up hitting a bump and slid out. That put me in the back trying to go forward again. I rode tight after that, but I’m happy with the day overall.”Brown Dog Wilson

2019 450MX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 426
2 Marvin Musquin KTM 386
3 Ken Roczen Honda 385
4 Jason Anderson Husqvarna 336
5 Zach Osborne Husqvarna 331
6 Cooper Webb KTM 324
7 Justin Barcia Yamaha 252
8 Justin Bogle KTM 208
9 Freddie Noren Suzuki 204
10 Blake Baggett KTM 175
Joey Savatgy races at the 2019 Unadilla National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy’s seventh place overall result matched his performance from Washougal two weeks prior. “It was a good day even with the rough track conditions,” Savatgy said. “I had good starts in both motos; we went 6-6 for seventh overall for the second time in a row. I feel like we're in a good place, but still have work to do. All in all, it’s forward progress and I’m looking forward to finishing out the season strong with these last two rounds.”Brown Dog Wilson
Benny Bloss races at the 2019 Unadilla National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’ Benny Bloss put his 450 SX-F Factory Edition in eighth place overall in New York.Brown Dog Wilson
Justin Bogle races at the 2019 Unadilla National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’ Justin Bogle’s 10-9 moto finishes netted him ninth overall.Brown Dog Wilson
Dean Wilson races at the 2019 Unadilla National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Dean Wilson rounded out the top 10.Brown Dog Wilson