2019 Seattle Supercross 450 Class Race Report
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin grabbed his second consecutive main event victory at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, round 12 of the AMA Supercross series. However, the points weren’t tallied until after many of the 58,721 fans made their way out of the stadium. The reason: Musquin jumping through a rhythm section while a red cross flag, which signals that tires must remain on the ground, was displayed. The French rider incurred a seven-point penalty for his mistake.
“I really enjoyed the track and the riding,” Musquin said. “I was super happy about everything today. Unfortunately, I made a mistake in not seeing the red cross flag. I saw a lot of yellows and I slowed down to make sure I was safe, but I did jump, and the rules are no jumping. It’s a big bummer [and] hard to swallow, but it doesn’t take anything away from a big win today.”
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen trailed Musquin for most of the main event in second place and closed in on him on the final lap, but was unable to make a pass attempt and finished in the runner-up spot.
“Today was a lot better for me,” Roczen said. “I’m still not 100 percent with whatever is going on with my body, but the feeling that I had on the bike was good all day. It was the same for the races—I just tried to go out there and have fun, and I rode really well. I had a good heat race with the win and then got a good start in the main. The track was super technical, especially with the whoops, which were very tough. I had a good battle with Marvin for a second. He jumped on the red cross flag, which opened up the gap for a bit, but overall, going from where we were the last two weekends and not feeling great to racing like we did today and feeling a lot better, it was a huge step in the right direction. I think we’re all pretty happy with how it ended up this weekend; it’s a big monkey off our back!”
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac rounded out the top five at the start of the race and made his way up to a third place early on, the position he remained for the remainder of the race. Tomac’s third place finish marks his sixth podium performance of the season.
“[It was a] better overall race than last week,” Tomac said. “I got pushed a little bit out wide there on the start, made a good move though down the second straightaway, a few passes, and then felt like I was in touch with Marvin and Ken for the first half of the race. And then I fell off a little bit in the middle and then kind of felt like I came back at the end, but at that point was too far gone. I was working the whoops good early in the race, skimming, and then kind of took too long to get to my rhythm jumping, and that’s what cost me. So I’ve got to pick up on those lines a little bit quicker next time.”
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy rounded out the top five, respectively.