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2019 Minneapolis Supercross 450 Class Race Report

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb claimed his third 450SX main event victory of the 2019 AMA Supercross season at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Webb came around the first corner in second place and passed Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy for the lead at about the halfway mark. From there, Webb led the remaining 12 laps to take the win.

“To get three wins this year is pretty spectacular, especially bouncing back from last week—having that bad race in the mud—but I never lost belief, never lost faith, and knew I was still good. I felt good all day today and to be able to apply it in the heat race, win that, and then win the main was pretty special. It’s cool. I have to pinch myself because I’ve come such a long way in a short amount of time. It’s crazy what a year or half a year will do to you. The last two years, this place ended my season, so it’s pretty cool to bounce back from that and never give up, never doubt myself, make a change, and stick to it. I want to keep doing well and doing what I’m doing. I definitely feel like I have a lot to improve on and a lot to learn, but we’ll see if we can keep going.”

Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen started the main event in third place and maintained that position for 15 laps before passing Savatgy to take over second. With the leader Webb out of reach by that point, Roczen held his position to the finish.

“I had a little wheelie on the start and I came around [the first turn] in third,” Roczen said. “I was just in third forever because it [was] just really hard to pass out there. It [got] rutty and we’re all kind of taking similar lines. I felt really good, but I couldn't ever make the pass happen, and once Cooper [Webb] got by Joey [Savatgy], he gapped us. I wish I would’ve had a clear lap earlier because I feel like I could’ve done a charge toward the end, but with these turns and the intensity we brought, I didn’t want to just do a silly, aggressive move and bump up on the inside. I just took a little bit too long, but I’m happy with second place and [am] back in the point lead. I still want to win, but it’s all good to get out of here healthy.”

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin rounded the first corner of the main event in eighth place and put himself into a top-five position on lap 10. He made the pass for fourth late in the race and with five laps to go, moved into the third-place position, where he ultimately finished for the night.

“It was definitely a tough night,” Musquin said. “I made it really hard on myself going down in the heat race while running in second. I made a little mistake that cost me big time, and then I hit neutral and went down again. With a really bad gate pick, I knew it was going to be hard to choose either inside or outside on the gate, but I chose to go very far inside and I didn’t get the start I wanted. I was tight inside and came out [of the first turn in the] top 10, but on a track like that, it’s super tough to be in that position to make passes. It took me a long time to get into the top five and I was pushing to get around [Blake] Baggett and unfortunately he went down hard. Hopefully he’s okay. Once I was in third, I tried to give a push for second, but there was a gap and physically I gave a lot when I was trying to pass guys for most of the main event. [It was] definitely tough, but to be third on the podium tonight is a good result considering where I came from with the heat race and the start, so I’ll definitely take it.”

Savatgy and Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts/Honda’s Justin Brayton rounded out the top five, respectively.

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Ken Roczen Honda 125
2 Cooper Webb KTM 124
3 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 123
Marvin Musquin KTM 123
5 Dean Wilson Husqvarna 95
6 Justin Barcia Yamaha 88
7 Blake Baggett KTM 82
8 Chad Reed Suzuki 81
9 Aaron Plessinger Yamaha 79
10 Cole Seely Honda 77