2019 WW Ranch National Motocross 450 Class Race Report

Marvin Musquin captures first overall win of the outdoor season.

Marvin Musquin races at the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at WW Ranch Motocross Park in Jacksonville, Florida.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin grabbed his first overall win of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at WW Ranch Motocross Park in Jacksonville, Florida.Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Marvin Musquin clinched his first overall victory of the season at round 5 of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at WW Ranch Motocross Park in Jacksonville, Florida, this past weekend. The sand track combined with the hot and humid conditions made for a challenging day of racing, but the Frenchman prevailed with 1-3 moto scores for the overall win, and leapt from fifth to third in the championship standings.

“It would have been nice to win both motos, but I tried my best in the second moto and I ran out of energy a bit,” Musquin said. “The track was demanding. It was tough, and to pick up the pace was difficult. I’m a little bit disappointed to not have taken advantage of the championship points, but I salvaged third place, which was good enough for the overall.”

Eli Tomac races at the 2019 WW Ranch National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac had to work his way through the pack in moto 1 to finish seventh, but he came back strong to take the win in moto 2.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac had to fight his way through the pack in the first moto, finding himself as far back as 18th in the opening laps. However, the Colorado native was able to salvage a seventh-place result at the conclusion of the race. In moto 2, Tomac grabbed his first MotoSport.com Holeshot of the season and led all 16 laps to take the race victory, his 7-1 moto scores giving him second overall on the day.   “I got totally buried off the start in moto 1 and was struggling with my pace,” Tomac said. “Those are the two major factors that played a role in a seventh-place finish, but we were able to turn it around for moto 2. I can’t remember the last time I holeshotted like that! I felt good and found my rhythm early on so I was able to put it all together and ride my own race. My entire Monster Energy Kawasaki team worked their tails off in this gnarly heat this weekend. I can’t thank them enough for all their efforts. We’re all excited to head to the Wick with the red plate.”

Zach Osborne races at the 2019 WW Ranch National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne rounded out the overall podium.Brown Dog Wilson

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne began moto 1 in fifth place and worked his way up to the podium battle, but went down on lap 9 and dropped back to sixth. He remounted his FC 450 Rockstar Edition and was able to come back to fifth by the end of the race. In moto 2, Osborne got off to a second-place start, but fell back to fourth shortly after. As the laps wore on, he was able to move back into second place by the time the checkered flag flew, enabling him to round out the overall podium.   “We made some changes in the week after High Point and it really paid off today,” Osborne said. “I was able to ride much more in my comfort zone during the whole moto, which gave me more at the end. I had a pretty big get-off in the first moto and was only able to manage fifth, but in the second moto, I had a really good feeling and momentum, and I was able to really go out there and show what I can do.”

Jason Anderson races at the 2019 WW Ranch National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson’s consistent 4-5 moto finishes netted him fourth overall in Florida.Brown Dog Wilson

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson got off to a top five start in the first moto and moved into fourth early on. With three laps to go, he overtook third place to round out the podium in that race. In moto 2, he got off to a third-place start and quickly passed his teammate Osborne to move into second place early on. However, he fell back to fourth by the race’s end, his 3-4 finishes giving him fourth place overall in the Sunshine State.   “The weekend went all right,” Anderson said. “I had a good practice and was able to be P-1, but it was a hot day here. The second moto, I was in a position to have a good overall and possibly get up to the lead, but the heat got to me a little bit and I kind of went backward.”

Cooper Webb racing at the 2019 WW Ranch National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb rounded out the top five.Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb captured the holeshot and early lead in the first moto, but was passed and then engaged in a battle with his teammate Musquin for the runner-up spot. Webb would ultimately fall back to fourth by the conclusion of the race. In moto 2, he got off to a seventh-place start and gained two positions to finish fifth in that race and overall.   “It was a tough day today,” Webb said. “The track was physically demanding and it was hot. I was happy to get the holeshot in the first moto and lead for a little bit, but I struggled to maintain a good pace at the beginning. All in all, I’m happy to come away with a top five overall and we’ll continue working hard to get up there next weekend.”

Ken Roczen races at the 2019 WW Ranch National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen finished in the runner-up spot in the first moto, but had to salvage a 10th in moto 2. “Jacksonville was a tough one,” Roczen said. “The brutal conditions made for some crazy racing. I finished the first moto in second, which I was okay with. Unfortunately, I had a hard time cooling down for the second moto. I was okay until the halfway point, when I made some mistakes and went down. After that point it was just about survival and making it through.”Brown Dog Wilson

2019 450MX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 215
2 Ken Roczen Honda 209
3 Marvin Musquin KTM 184
4 Zach Osborne Husqvarna 182
  Jason Anderson Husqvarna 182
6 Cooper Webb KTM 166
7 Justin Barcia Yamaha 129
8 Blake Baggett KTM 117
9 Dean Ferris Yamaha 114
10 Justin Bogle KTM 99
Justin Barcia races at the 2019 WW Ranch National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia’s consistent 6-6 moto finished gave him seventh overall. “It was really tough out there today,” Barcia said. “I was hoping for a better finish, but all in all it was a good day and we hopefully learned a few things for next week.”Brown Dog Wilson
Dean Ferris races at the 2019 WW Ranch National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Dean Ferris didn’t get the starts he wanted, but was able to work his way through the pack in both motos. “Overall, I’m pretty happy with today. I got two really mediocre starts, which kind of made it hard for me, but I put in a big charge. Made a lot of passes in the first moto and was able to get to 10th. In the second moto, the start was a little better. I felt really strong all moto in spite of the heat.”Brown Dog Wilson
Freddie Noren races at the 2019 WW Ranch National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Sustainable Oil Field Services Honda’s Freddie Noren clinched his second top 10 overall finish of the season with a ninth in the Sunshine State.Brown Dog Wilson
Blake Baggett races at the 2019 WW Ranch National Motocross 450 Class Race.
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’ Blake Baggett rounded out the top 10 with his 8-9 moto finishes.Brown Dog Wilson