2019 Washougal National Motocross 450 Class Race Report

Overall win number four for Eli Tomac this season.

Eli Tomac races at the 2019 Washougal National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac won both motos at round 9 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Washougal MX Park.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac dominated round 9 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Washougal MX Park in Washougal, Washington. Tomac clinched both moto wins despite being buried off the start in the two races and has now extended his point lead to 50 over his nearest competitor in the series point standings.   "Today was sweet," Tomac said. "Days like today don't come around easily, and when they do you just have to cherish them. I made it more difficult on myself than it needed to be with my starts, but once I found my rhythm I was able to just start clicking guys off. I can't thank the entire Monster Energy Kawasaki crew enough for giving me such a killer motorcycle. Today, I never felt panicked or rushed, I was confident in my [bike] and knew I could just keep moving forward. We [have] a weekend off, but the work doesn't stop. We are going to keep moving toward our goal and finish the season off strong."

Ken Roczen races at the 2019 Washougal National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen finished on the podium in both motos with his 2-3 finishes, which gave him the runner-up spot for the day.Brown Dog Wilson

Ken Roczen led laps in the first moto, but was passed by Tomac later on in the race, pushing the Team Honda HRC rider back to second where he would ultimately finish. In moto 2, he rounded out the final podium spot in third, his 2-3 moto finishes giving him second overall on the day.   “I can’t really complain,” Roczen said. “If you’ve seen my last few weekends, today was actually really good for me. I’m pretty happy to be back on the podium and to have an overall better day than in past weeks. In both races my starts weren’t that great, but I was able to make passes and find the front of the pack pretty quick, which was nice. I was trying to be aggressive until the end and give it my all, but Eli [Tomac] was on it all day, and I just wasn’t able to hold him off. I’m looking forward to this weekend off, and to getting back to racing at Unadilla.”

Marvin Musquin races at the 2019 Washougal National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin rounded out the overall podium with 5-2 moto scores.Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Marvin Musquin finished just inside the top five in moto 1 with a fifth-place result. In moto 2, the Frenchman led the first 11 laps before getting passed late in the race by Tomac. Musquin's 5-2 moto scores netted him third overall for the day.   "I was really disappointed in my first moto result," Musquin confided. "I had a tough time getting around Cooper [Webb], and unfortunately just lost my rhythm a bit and couldn't move back up. In the second moto, I felt really good on the bike and was able to battle with Eli [Tomac] and salvage some points with a second-place finish and third overall for the day."

Cooper Webb races at the 2019 Washougal National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb’s consistent 3-5 moto finishes netted him fourth overall in Washington.Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb fought through stomach issues throughout the day, but was able to pilot his 450 SX-F Factory Edition to 3-5 moto finishes to secure fourth overall in Washington.   “It was an up-and-down day for me,” Webb admitted. “In the second moto, I struggled with some stomach issues. I’m not sure what was going on, but after the first one I was really struggling with my stomach. We’ll get to work on the off-weekend and finish these last three strong.”

Jason Anderson races at the 2019 Washougal National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson was penalized in moto 2 and rounded out the top five overall.Brown Dog Wilson

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Jason Anderson grabbed a top five start in moto 1 and battled for the final podium position late in the race. On the final two laps he capitalized on the mistake of another rider to move into third, but a crash on the final lap ultimately gave him fourth. In moto 2, he began just inside the top 10 and quickly worked his way into fifth, where he would ultimately finish. However, he was docked two positions for an infraction on the course, and consequently finished fifth overall for the day.   "My day went pretty decent," Anderson said. "In the first moto I got up to third, and then I fell and ended up fourth. In the second moto I got up to fourth, and tried to make a charge and ended up getting passed for fifth. I went 4-5 for the day, but I got docked two positions so I ended up fifth overall, which isn't too bad."

Zach Osborne races at the 2019 Washougal National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne’s rebounded from his ninth-place result in the first moto to finish fourth in moto 2. “It was just a really off day until the second moto, where I was able to turn things around,” Osborne said. “I think I’ve just been a little bit off the normal regimen with my shoulder, but going into an off-weekend I feel like I can make a lot of improvement with it, and keep moving forward.”Brown Dog Wilson

2019 450MX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 392
2 Marvin Musquin KTM 342
3 Ken Roczen Honda 335
4 Cooper Webb KTM 324
5 Jason Anderson Husqvarna 304
6 Zach Osborne Husqvarna 295
7 Justin Barcia Yamaha 221
8 Justin Bogle KTM 185
9 Freddie Noren Suzuki 182
10 Blake Baggett KTM 175
Joey Savatgy races at the 2019 Washougal National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy’s consistent 6-6 moto finishes put him in seventh overall. “Today was a big step in the right direction,” Savatgy said. “We have had some frustrating weekends the past few weeks, so to get two holeshots and finish with two sixth-place finishes for seventh overall; I am pretty pumped.”Brown Dog Wilson
Freddie Noren races at the 2019 Washougal National Motocross 450 Class Race.
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Freddie Noren carded two eighth-place moto results to finish the day in eighth place overall. “I was really looking forward to Washougal,” Noren said. “It was nice to ride press day, and get a flow with the track. I expect my results to continue improving. Washougal was a race I can build off of.”Brown Dog Wilson
Dean Wilson races at the 2019 Washougal National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Dean Wilson put his FC 450 Rockstar Edition in ninth place overall with his 7-10 moto scores. “Today was definitely an improvement, but I’m still trying to catch up on my fitness,” Wilson admitted. “The second moto, I had a really good start and those guys passed me, but to be honest I was really struggling with cramping in my legs. It’s a little disappointing as a 7-8 was looking doable, but we’ll just keep working at it.”Brown Dog Wilson
Justin Barcia races at the 2019 Washougal National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia rounded out the top 10 on his YZ450F. “We struggled a little bit this morning [and] made lots of little changes all day,” Barcia noted. “In the first moto, I got a bad start again. I charged through the pack up to the top 10. I passed a lapper and got taken out, so that kind of put me back a little bit, but still managed to finish 10th. Then got another bad start in the second moto, which is frustrating. I can’t figure those out at the moment. I just charged as far as I could forward and rode the best I could today. It was a tough one, but just going to keep working, and getting better and move forward.”Brown Dog Wilson