Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb achieved his fourth 450SX main event victory of the 2019 AMA Supercross season at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Webb rounded the opening lap in seventh place and worked his way up to a top-four position by the halfway point. He continued to make his way through the field and, in the last corner on the last lap while running in second place position, was able to pass Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen to take the victory by a mere 0.028 second, the narrowest margin between first and second place in the history of the AMA Supercross series. Webb’s win also awarded him with the point lead.
“Tonight was incredible!” Webb said. “I just never gave up out there. It was incredible for it to come to the last lap, the last turn even, and to be able to win with such a close finish was absolutely insane. That [was] probably the best race ever for me.”
Roczen led 20 laps of the race before being passed by Webb in the final corner of the last lap. The German rider now sits two points down to Webb in the point standings heading into round 8 at Ford Field in Detroit.
“From the first few races this year to now, I’ve made some good steps forward,” Roczen said. “I’ve changed up some things in my program and put in some solid effort during the week, and I feel like it’s showing on the weekends. Of course it’s disappointing to put in that effort the entire moto and then give it away in the last turn. The turn before the whoops and in the whoops themselves is where I lost the most time during the main event. If I could’ve done that better or worked better with the bike, I feel like I could’ve kept my flow a bit better and had more of a gap between first and second. Honestly though, I’m just having a lot of fun. I haven’t been in a championship chase in a long time, and it’s really good racing. There’s always room to improve, and I don’t have a win yet, but we’ve been super consistent. I’ll just use this as fuel, think about the feelings I had on the track, and then make a plan for the next race. I think we’re in a good spot.”
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin came around the first corner in third place in the main event and maintained that position in the opening six laps of the race. He then made his way into second, but was passed by Webb, putting him back to third, where he would finish for the night.
“I had a good pace and I felt comfortable, but then I started tightening up a little bit and that’s when [Webb] caught me,” Musquin said. “It was too much playing defense for me and he was right there, and then he got me. From there, I had nothing left, so I salvaged a third place. It’s good, but I was in a good position for better, so I am a little bit disappointed with that, but I’m also happy that we were able to turn it around after the heat race.”
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Blake Baggett and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy rounded out the top five, respectively.