2020 Glendale Supercross 450 Class Race Report

Ken Roczen sweeps all three main events at the first Triple Crown of 2020.

Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen won all three 450SX class main events at the first Triple Crown race of the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season and retains the top spot in the series point standings.
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen won all three 450SX class main events at the first Triple Crown race of the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season and retains the top spot in the series point standings.Brown Dog Wilson

Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen swept all three main events at the first Triple Crown race of the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season in front of 53,107 fans inside State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The track proved to be challenging due to its slick, hardpack surface and one particularly long whoop section, which took several riders down. Two red flags were waved, resulting in two restarts, but that didn’t faze Roczen. The German rider put himself in great positions off the start of each race and was able to lead 38 of the 39 total laps over the three 12-minute plus one lap main events. Roczen now holds an eight-point lead in the championship point standings after four rounds of racing.

“I can’t believe we won all three main events!” Roczen exclaimed. “I think it’s the focus that we bring. Between my team and especially my mechanic, we just have a good regimen going into all the races. Every time we go down there for a gate drop, I just want to put maximum focus, put myself in a good position, and make life a lot easier—and safer as well. We had some good battles with Eli [Tomac] in the first one, but I was stoked to pull it off. I got a decent start in the second one, and then we had to do a restart unfortunately. I grabbed that holeshot and rode a super-solid race and won. The first start for race 3 was not good, and me and Tomac were battling in like eighth or something. Then we had another restart, and I pulled the holeshot there and just rode a super-solid race. I had a good time tonight, and I’m really happy with how the team has been excelling and making changes to the bike. We’ve been working really well together, and the team spirit is high right now. Obviously, I’m beyond stoked and want to enjoy tonight and tomorrow, but then get back to work and keep 100 percent focus.”

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac moved into second place in the series point standings—just eight points out—with his runner-up finish in Glendale, Arizona.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac moved into second place in the series point standings—just eight points out—with his runner-up finish in Glendale, Arizona.Brown Dog Wilson

Eli Tomac finished on the podium in all three main events with 2-2-3 finishes. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider was fast all night and challenged Roczen for the lead in the first main event. His consistency throughout the evening enabled him to move into second place in the championship point standings.

“These Triple Crown races are already crazy and then to add the two red flags, there was just a lot going on,” Tomac offered. “We technically had five starts tonight and I didn’t exactly help myself on those, but I was able to make my way to the front and remain consistent with my finishes. Consistency really was the key tonight and the team worked their tails off to help me finish up on the podium. We still have some work to do, but overall we had a successful night and I’m glad we’re close in the point standings.”

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson rounded out the podium and sits fourth in the championship standings.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson rounded out the podium and sits fourth in the championship standings.Brown Dog Wilson

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson secured his second podium of the season inside State Farm Stadium. The New Mexico native finished inside the top five in each of the three races with 5-3-2 scores, which netted him third overall for the evening.

“All in all, I had a great night,” Anderson said. “I keep getting better as the season goes on; I feel like I keep racing better and better. It’s been a good night. The team is working hard and we’re ready to start charging and make some headway.”

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb improved with each main to put his 450 SX-F Factory Edition in fourth for the evening and is still in the top five for the series standings.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb improved with each main to put his 450 SX-F Factory Edition in fourth for the evening and is still in the top five for the series standings.Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb rebounded from a bad start in the first main event and clawed his way back up to eighth by the time the checkered flag flew. He improved as the night went on, finishing fifth and fourth in the final two races, respectively.

“It was a good day,” Webb said. “It’s kind of crazy; we had a bunch of red flags, so we ended up with a lot of starts tonight. I feel like I finally figured out my starts by the end and I was up front and able to run with the lead group, but I just didn’t quite have it tonight. It was a good turnaround from the first main event, but we’ve still got some stuff to work on and we’ll keep plugging away and try to improve this week before heading into Oakland.”

Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia rounded out the top five with 6-8-7 finishes.
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia rounded out the top five with 6-8-7 finishes.Brown Dog Wilson

Justin Barcia’s 6-8-7 tally earned him fifth overall in Glendale. After leading the point standings in the opening rounds of the series, the Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing rider now sits third in the championship, trailing Roczen by 11 points with 13 rounds remaining in the series.

“It was a difficult day right off the bat,” Barcia said. “The track changed as the night went on and I struggled with turning a little bit and in the whoops, but it was the starts that really hurt me. I had to fight a lot tonight to get up to where I was able to finish, but with such short races like this, it’s difficult. The track was very one-lined and it was very difficult to pass. Triple Crowns are gnarly. Everyone’s so fast. If you don’t get a good start, it’s just difficult to put yourself in a good position. There were guys flying around everywhere tonight and crashing, so I’m glad to be getting out of here healthy. I’m a smarter, more mature rider than I have been in the past, so I’ll take what I can get tonight like I did last week. It’s only round 4. We’re still in a decent spot and just need to keep plugging away.”

Team Honda HRC’s Justin Brayton’s top 10 results in the three main events netted him sixth overall inside State Farm Stadium. “The night went pretty good, but I had a lot of bad starts for some reason,” Brayton noted. “I really struggled with track position at the beginning of the race, and I came from the back pretty much all three races. I’m a little disappointed in that because I felt like with my lap times, a better track position could have given me a top five finish. But to end up sixth is nothing to hang our heads for at all. It was a positive night—awesome to see Kenny get the win and the team’s just gelling really well right now; everyone’s doing an amazing job, and I keep getting better and better every weekend. I hope to keep this momentum rolling and be in the top five next week.”
Team Honda HRC’s Justin Brayton’s top 10 results in the three main events netted him sixth overall inside State Farm Stadium. “The night went pretty good, but I had a lot of bad starts for some reason,” Brayton noted. “I really struggled with track position at the beginning of the race, and I came from the back pretty much all three races. I’m a little disappointed in that because I felt like with my lap times, a better track position could have given me a top five finish. But to end up sixth is nothing to hang our heads for at all. It was a positive night—awesome to see Kenny get the win and the team’s just gelling really well right now; everyone’s doing an amazing job, and I keep getting better and better every weekend. I hope to keep this momentum rolling and be in the top five next week.”Brown Dog Wilson

2020 450SX Class Championship Point Standings

Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda’s Malcolm Stewart’s best result of the night came in the first main event, where he finished fourth, but a 14th in the second moto put him back in the overall rankings.
Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda’s Malcolm Stewart’s best result of the night came in the first main event, where he finished fourth, but a 14th in the second moto put him back in the overall rankings.Brown Dog Wilson
Position Rider Brand Points
1 Ken Roczen Honda 92
2 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 84
3 Justin Barcia Yamaha 81
4 Jason Anderson Husqvarna 78
5 Cooper Webb KTM 72
6 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki 71
7 Justin Brayton Honda 63
8 Malcolm Stewart Honda 62
9 Blake Baggett KTM 55
10 Zach Osborne Husqvarna 51


Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo began his night with a third and sixth place finish, but a hard crash in the whoops in the final race of the evening put him back to 17th in that moto, and he finished in eighth overall for the night. “That was definitely not how we wanted to finish the night, and although this is part of racing, it’s always a tough pill to swallow,” Cianciarulo said. “We kicked off the day qualifying fastest again and, honestly, I was feeling good all day. I made some mistakes out there and that last one cost me. I’m sore and a bit frustrated, but I have a great team behind me who continue to remind me there are a lot more races left to go in this premier class. We’ll take the week to recuperate and look to come out strong in Oakland.”
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo began his night with a third and sixth place finish, but a hard crash in the whoops in the final race of the evening put him back to 17th in that moto, and he finished in eighth overall for the night. “That was definitely not how we wanted to finish the night, and although this is part of racing, it’s always a tough pill to swallow,” Cianciarulo said. “We kicked off the day qualifying fastest again and, honestly, I was feeling good all day. I made some mistakes out there and that last one cost me. I’m sore and a bit frustrated, but I have a great team behind me who continue to remind me there are a lot more races left to go in this premier class. We’ll take the week to recuperate and look to come out strong in Oakland.”Brown Dog Wilson
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Aaron Plessinger put his YZ450F in ninth overall in Glendale. “The first Triple Crown of the year was pretty good,” Plessinger said. “I qualified 15th, which wasn’t great. In the first main, I got a mid-pack start and worked up to seventh in the first half of the race, but in the second half it kind of fell apart. I started hitting the whoops bad, so yeah, we struggled a little bit in the second half. Then the second main I got a really good start. I was running up there with the boys, but I just couldn’t figure out the whoops. I was fast everywhere except the whoops. I got another good start in the third main, not as good as the second one, but I just charged and tried to put myself in a good position and I got a pretty good finish. Overall it’s my best finish this season. We have to go back and do some more work. I can’t wait until Oakland next week.”
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Aaron Plessinger put his YZ450F in ninth overall in Glendale. “The first Triple Crown of the year was pretty good,” Plessinger said. “I qualified 15th, which wasn’t great. In the first main, I got a mid-pack start and worked up to seventh in the first half of the race, but in the second half it kind of fell apart. I started hitting the whoops bad, so yeah, we struggled a little bit in the second half. Then the second main I got a really good start. I was running up there with the boys, but I just couldn’t figure out the whoops. I was fast everywhere except the whoops. I got another good start in the third main, not as good as the second one, but I just charged and tried to put myself in a good position and I got a pretty good finish. Overall it’s my best finish this season. We have to go back and do some more work. I can’t wait until Oakland next week.”Brown Dog Wilson
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-WPS-KTM’s Blake Baggett made the top 10 on his 450 SX-F Factory Edition with 12-4-14 race finishes.
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-WPS-KTM’s Blake Baggett made the top 10 on his 450 SX-F Factory Edition with 12-4-14 race finishes.Brown Dog Wilson