2020 San Diego Supercross 450 Class Race Report

First main event victory of the season for Cooper Webb.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb clinched his first 450SX class main event victory of the season in San Diego, California.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb clinched his first 450SX class main event victory of the season in San Diego, California.Brown Dog Wilson

Cooper Webb clinched his first 450SX Class main event victory of the season in front of 41,573 fans at round 6 of the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series at Petco Park in San Diego, California. The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider put his 450 SX-F Factory Edition in second place off the start and quickly moved into the lead, but was passed shortly after by Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo. Webb was able to pass his longtime rival on lap 21 of the 25-lap feature race to take the win.

“I got into the lead early and then Adam [Cianciarulo] made a good aggressive move on the inside and I just kind of let him go,” Webb explained. “The track, I knew it was going to be hard to pass and I knew it was going to be a long main event, so I was just kind of riding in there. I tried to make a pass a few laps earlier, but we played cat and mouse, which allowed Blake [Baggett] to catch up and I didn’t want to do that. It felt good late in the race to get that pass and the win.”

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo won his heat race and led 20 laps of the 25-lap main event before he was passed by Webb. His second place finish marks his second runner-up result so far this season.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo won his heat race and led 20 laps of the 25-lap main event before he was passed by Webb. His second place finish marks his second runner-up result so far this season.Brown Dog Wilson

Cianciarulo’s second place result marks his second runner-up finish of his rookie 450 season. With that, he moved up to fifth in the series point standings.

“I’ve been waiting and working for this my entire career, to ride in the premier class and get on the big stage,” Cianciarulo said. “I’m still learning, still improving every day, and I feel like I rode really well tonight. I led nearly every lap of the race, but unfortunately got passed at the end, so I’m a little disappointed I couldn’t hold Cooper [Webb] off just a little longer. Honestly, I’m just excited to be up front with such a talented group of guys and prove I can compete.”

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-WPS-KTM’s Blake Baggett kept the leaders in sight for the majority of the race and rounded out the podium at Petco Park.
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-WPS-KTM’s Blake Baggett kept the leaders in sight for the majority of the race and rounded out the podium at Petco Park.Brown Dog Wilson

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-WPS-KTM’s Blake Baggett kept the leaders in sight for most of the race and captured his first podium finish of the season at Petco Park.

“I felt like I was catching them,” Baggett remarked. “My strong point was in the whoops, and then I kind of just let it get away from me a little bit there. I got within striking distance and then just kind of lost ground a little bit and my whoops [speed] went away, so it’s bittersweet.”

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac was buried mid-pack off the start and worked his way up to fourth by the race’s end. With four more rounds to go, Tomac now sits one point behind Ken Roczen, the series points leader in the championship standings.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac was buried mid-pack off the start and worked his way up to fourth by the race’s end. With four more rounds to go, Tomac now sits one point behind Ken Roczen, the series points leader in the championship standings.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac found himself in 10th place off the start and had to work his way through the field on the tight San Diego course. He passed six riders to take fourth place on the night and sits second in the point standings—just one behind the leader, Ken Roczen.

“Well, I was challenged tonight after having to fight my way toward the front in the main,” Tomac said. “I didn’t have the best start, but we’ll get back to work with the Monster Energy Kawasaki team this week and hope to improve for Tampa next weekend. I do feel I rode well tonight, and I’m proud we were able to make up quite a few positions to finish fourth.”

Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia rounded out the top five in San Diego.
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia rounded out the top five in San Diego.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia got off to a seventh place start, made a few passes, and held off some riders to round out the top five.

“We struggled a little bit in practice, but overcame that,” Barcia admitted. “I finally felt like I rode like myself in the heat race, but in the main event, I didn’t get the greatest of starts. I charged really hard the first few laps and diced it up in there. I felt like I rode well and the bike felt good, so I’m definitely proud of the ride. The goal this week is to keep working on the riding stuff and shoot for getting another win here soon. We will keep moving forward. I’m definitely looking forward to Tampa.”

2020 450SX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Ken Roczen Honda 130
2 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 129
3 Cooper Webb KTM 121
4 Justin Barcia Yamaha 116
5 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki 113
6 Jason Anderson Husqvarna 105
7 Blake Baggett KTM 90
Malcolm Stewart Honda 90
9 Justin Brayton Honda 89
10 Zach Osborne Husqvarna 75
Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda’s Malcolm Stewart notched another top 10 finish with his eighth place result.
Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda’s Malcolm Stewart notched another top 10 finish with his eighth place result.Brown Dog Wilson
Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda’s Justin Hill was the final of four Honda riders inside the top 10 in San Diego.
Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda’s Justin Hill was the final of four Honda riders inside the top 10 in San Diego.Brown Dog Wilson
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Aaron Plessinger rounded out the top 10 on his YZ450F. “San Diego was a big step in the right direction,” Plessinger said. “I was kind of struggling in practice, but then we got the bike working really good in the final session. We went out for the heat race and rode pretty well, ending up fifth. Then I got a great start in the main event. I was riding right with Cooper Webb and made a little mistake and went down right before the whoops. That cost me, but it’s good to get up there and run with those boys. Now I know I can do it. I’m looking forward to this week; we’re going to get back to Tallahassee and go do some more work to get ready for Tampa. I’m excited for it and looking for more up front rides like that.”
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Aaron Plessinger rounded out the top 10 on his YZ450F. “San Diego was a big step in the right direction,” Plessinger said. “I was kind of struggling in practice, but then we got the bike working really good in the final session. We went out for the heat race and rode pretty well, ending up fifth. Then I got a great start in the main event. I was riding right with Cooper Webb and made a little mistake and went down right before the whoops. That cost me, but it’s good to get up there and run with those boys. Now I know I can do it. I’m looking forward to this week; we’re going to get back to Tallahassee and go do some more work to get ready for Tampa. I’m excited for it and looking for more up front rides like that.”Brown Dog Wilson