In an exciting Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship season that's seen none of the pre-season favorites yet take a victory, Red Bull KTM's Cooper Webb becomes the first rider to repeat a win, this time at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on a night that provided clear skies and a nail biting finish in front of 47,024 fans. Webb squeaked out the win less than a second ahead of teammate Marvin Musquin, and in doing so became only the 11th rider in Monster Energy Supercross history to back up a first 450SX Class win with another win. KTM rounded out the podium with third place going to Team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS' Blake Baggett. The 250SX Class also saw the year's first repeat winner, with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo taking his second win, matching his performance from two weeks ago.
From the drop of the gate in the 450SX Class Main Event it was Cooper Webb out front. He went on to lead every lap like he'd done it before, yet it was only his second win in the premier class. Team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS' Justin Bogle was right behind, but Musquin was almost immediately past Bogle and taking up the challenge with his teammate Webb. Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing's rookie Aaron Plessinger held off fellow rookie Monster Energy Kawasaki's Joey Savatgy for fourth place while Team Honda HRC's Ken Roczen set his sights on both riders. Hungry for his first win in 2019 to hopefully jump start another of his legendary win streaks, Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac circled mid pack for the first lap.
Musquin wasted no time pressing to get into position to pass to get his first win of 2019, but he could not close within striking distance of his teammate. After five minutes of racing the two were separated by just over one second; that's when Musquin made a push. He dropped the gap to .7 seconds while behind them Roczen and Tomac were each on a steady climb through the pack.
At about the mid-point of the 20 minute plus one lap race, Musquin went down. As he remounted the battle between Savatgy, Roczen, and Tomac caught him. Musquin lost two positions to the group. Then Savatgy had what appeared to be a mechanical issue that took him out of the race. Musquin found his pace and passed back into second and set his sights on Webb. When the race clock reached zero and there was only one lap remaining, Musquin was over 2.5 seconds behind. He charged to within .7 seconds, but Webb remained composed and smooth and held the lead to take his second 450SX Class Main Event win of his career.
"I almost can't believe it. I mean, I was good today, but I wasn't anything like last weekend. It just shows, you never give up, you put your head down, and I definitely got a gift from Marv, his crashing, and he caught me at the end. I was so nervous. I don't know why no one told me the second one's harder than the first. But man, it's honestly insane. Back to back, I guess I got the red plate... It's pretty frickin' awesome... I feel like everything, these last two years not being worth a crap, and to get back on top is awesome." Cooper said after the race, referring to his two previous years in the 450SX Class.
About his mid race crash, Musquin said, "I think I relaxed too much. It was intense. Physically it's tough out there, I'm definitely getting better [from a pre-season knee injury]. I was able to ride all week. I'm getting better and better but that was tough. That track was definitely difficult for everyone and especially those whoops, but I figured it out in the Main and I was able to pass some guys and, yeah, it's frustrating. I rode really well and I'm really happy. I mean, it could have been mine, you know, tonight, but it happens. So, no excuses. I went down, but I was the fastest, to be able to pass Tomac back, and Roczen, I don't know if Roczen had an issue in the whoops or something, but I was able to get through them easier and I was more consistent too. Baggett was behind me and pretty fast, too, but I'm a little bit bummed. Finishing a little bit behind Cooper is not fun but I'm making progress. Second place is good, it's a lot of points, but I want to win for sure"
In response to reaching the podium after a 17th place start, Baggett said, "Yeah it was not a good start. I got wheel spin right outside the gate, just didn't execute it right. But it is what it is, I fought my way through. I was feeling great in the middle of the race and just ran out a little in the end, just kind of lost my mojo."
450SX Class Results
1. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM
2. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
3. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM
4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki
5. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda
6. Dean Wilson, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna
7. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha
8. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., Honda
9. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Suzuki
10. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., KTM
450SX Class Championship Standings
1. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (83)
2. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (81)
3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (80)
4. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM (79)
5. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha (72)
6. Dean Wilson, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna (69)
7. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (66)
8. Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda (56)
9. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., Honda (52)
10. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (49)
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