The sixth round of Supercross took place in Minneapolis on February 11th. The first round of East Coast racing saw a refreshingly dry track, but the same amount of intense competition.


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450SX Report

Lining up at the start, the 450s were gearing up for another close race. Eli Tomac had the red number plate, but his points lead was so narrow that just one position could make the difference in him keeping it, or passing it off to a different rider. After seeing Cooper Webb and Justin Brayton win the heat races, too, fans were on the edge of their seats to see who would end the race on top and with the points lead.


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Webb and 450SX rookie Joey Savatgy were bar-to-bar heading into the first corner. Savatgy narrowly edged out 1st after closing the door on several of Webb’s attempts to make a pass, but wasn’t able to gain much time over him. Webb was less than a second behind and, behind him, Ken Roczen, Blake Baggett, and Brayton were closing in fast. There was less than a 2 second gap between the top 5 riders, leaving no room for mistakes. Meanwhile, points leader Tomac was in 16th place – far from the action and far from the podium positions.


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As Tomac began his long charge to the front, Musquin was making his own from 6th. He had started in the middle of the pack, but began making his play for the podium by passing Brayton. Up front, Webb finally made his pass on Savatgy, leaving room for Roczen and Baggett to do the same. This moved Webb up to the front, leaving Roczen, Baggett, Savatgy, and Musquin to round out the top 5.


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With just three minutes to go, Tomac has climbed his way up to 8th and Musquin made the pass on Savatgy for 4th. The top three were solidly maintaining their positions until Baggett made a mistake. After coming up short on a jump, Baggett went down hard. He walked off the track and out of the running for the podium, sending Musquin up to 3rd.


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There were two minutes left of the main, and Roczen was vying to make a pass on Webb for 1st. After hitting some lap traffic, however, there wasn’t enough time for Roczen to make the pass, and the night ended with Webb, Roczen, and Musquin on the podium. The 2nd place finish was enough to move Roczen up in points standings, earning him the red number plate for Arlington.

450SX Results

Pos.No. NameBikePointsOverall
12Cooper Webb*KTM26124
294Ken RoczenHonda23125
325Marvin MusuqinKTM21123
417Joey SavatgyKawasaki1959
510Justin BraytonHonda1870
63Eli TomacKawasaki17123
722Chad ReedSuzuki1681
815Dean WilsonHusqvarna1595
951Justin BarciaYamaha1488
107Aaron PlessingerYamaha1379
1114Cole SeelyHonda1277
1242Vince FrieseHonda1165
1319Justin BogleKTM1060
1443Tyler BowersKawasaki942
1511Kyle ChisolmSuzuki829
1662Alex RaySuzuki725
1741Ben LamayHonda628
18393Daniel HerrleinKawasaki55
19118Cheyenne HarmonYa 46
20383Casey BrennanKTM33
214Blake BaggettKTM282
22330AJ Catanzaro Kawasaki11

*Holeshot

250SX Report

Minneapolis was the first round of the season for the 250SX East riders, and they were eager to impress as they prepared for the gate drop. The pressure was on, especially for heat race winners and promising title contenders Austin Forkner and Jordan Smith. With the two getting the first and second gate pick, it was shaping up to be a battle between for first. But, a last minute tire change for Smith just minutes before the start made it unclear how the KTM and its rider would stack up.


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Right off the gate, Forkner peeled off with the holeshot, leaving Martin Davalos, Alex Martin, Chase Sexton, and Jordan Smith scrambling to secure 2nd and 3rd. Smith was on the throttle, and made the pass on Sexton and Martin to claim 3rd. Meanwhile, Forkner began to pull away and expand on his already 3.5 second lead.


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Maintaining his speed, Smith continued his charge past Davalos in 2nd. His sights were set on Forkner, but Martin wasn’t going to let Smith get too far ahead. He made a pass on Davalos too, but slid into the Kawasaki rider in the process, knocking him off his bike and off the track. This pushed Davalos back to 8th place, but left Martin unscathed to put pressure on Smith from behind.


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The battle to the finish was reaching a fever-pitch, and the riders began feeling the heat. Sexton, who was chasing Martin for 3rd, went down in the rhythm section. Smith, who was holding down 2nd, also took a spill, relinquishing his spot to Martin. Justin Cooper used these crashes to make his way into 3rd place, leaving Smith and Sexton back in 4th and 5th. Up front, Forkner was unaffected, riding with a comfortable 9 second lead over the battle for the top 5.


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As the clock ticked down, things had settled down and riders settled into their spots. Smith and Martin were able to make some passes, and the top 5 was Forkner, Smith, Martin, Cooper, and Sexton. Positions stayed like this until the clock ran out and, with two laps to go, the riders tried to make some last minute passes. Cooper picked up speed and came in fast on Martin, knocking him off the track before the last lap. This helped Sexton move up to 4th, but didn’t give him enough time to make it to the podium. At the checkered flag, Forkner, Smith, and Cooper made the first 250SX East podium of 2019.

250SX East Results

Pos. No. NameBikePointsOverall
124Austin Forkner*Kawsaki2626
228Jordan SmithKTM2323
332Justin CooperYamaha2121
426Alex MartinSuzuki1919
523Chase SextonHonda1818
666Mitchell OldenburgYamaha1717
737Kyle CunninghamHonda1616
845Brandon HartanfitYamaha1515
952Jordan BaileyHusqvarna1414
1055Kyle PetersSuzuki1313
11112Thomas CovingtonHusqvarna1212
1256Lorenzo LocurcioKawsaki1111
1370Joshua OsbyYamaha1010
1449Henry MillerKTM99
1593Blake Wharton Honda88
1673Martin DavalosKawsaki77
17123Mitchell FalkKTM66
1896Chase MarquierHusqvarna55
1981Joshua CartwrightYamaha44
2038Christian CraigHonda33
21367Hunter SaylesKTM22
2298Wilson FlemingHusqvarna11

*Holeshot

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