2019 SEATTLE SUPERCROSS PREVIEW

With only six rounds left in the 2019 AMA Supercross season, it’s time to see if Cooper Webb has what it takes to become a champion. So far, his season has been excellent. In 11 rounds, he’s been on the podium eight times–five times on top. With a 14 point lead, he can play it safe somewhat, but he can’t suffer a DNF.

The man he has to watch closely is his own teammate and training partner, Marvin Musquin. After finally getting a win last week in Indy, he’ll have confidence. But just finishing in front of Webb in a few rounds won’t be enough. Musquinn has to win more races and he knows it.

CenturyLink Field in Seattle is an open stadium and weather can play havoc there. The forecast calls for light rain, but it’s the Pacific Northwest. Anything can happen. Justin Barcia is back and he’s excellent in mud. Plus, he’s won in Seattle before. It was back in 2013, when he was on a Honda.  Marvin Musquin has won in Seattle, as well. He did it in 2017. As we saw last week, when Marvin likes a location, he ups his game.

Eli Tomac, of course, was the winner in the mud of San Diego. And he won in Seattle last year. Tomac has had a good season, but he still hasn’t shown what he’s capable of. This is a man who has been known to go from last to first, yet his results have been oddly inconsistent in 2019. His comments after Indy revealed  little: “Tonight was a tough pill to swallow for me. I rode well tonight but a few couple minor errors on a tricky track ultimately cost me. I am happy to be leaving here healthy and already looking forward to Seattle next weekend.”

Ken Roczen had to recover from the flu and is trying to recapture the speed he had earlier in the season. ” I’m trying to figure out what’s going on and hopefully get some answers soon. I’ve just been getting tired and I’m not sure why. Right now I’m just trying to focus on getting my body and everything aligned so that I can fight back and ride like I was during the beginning of the season. I’m obviously not where I want to be at eighth, but if there’s a good thing to take away it’s that we’re physically healthy and heading to Seattle.”

Dean Wilson was thrilled after scoring a heat win in Indy. “The heat race was awesome! It was really stacked, so it was good for me to win. It was good for my mental side of things to know that I can still be up there,”  Wilson said. “In the Main Event, I didn’t get the best start but I was able to wrestle my way out of it and into ninth. I would say it’s an improvement for sure but I know that getting a good start makes a big difference in staying out of trouble and I’m going to keep working.”

450 STANDINGS

Pos. Rider Points Team
1 WEBB Cooper 243 Red Bull KTM
2 MUSQUIN Marvin 229 Red Bull KTM
3 TOMAC Eli 222 Monster Energy Kawasaki
4 ROCZEN Ken 216 Team Honda HRC
5 BAGGETT Blake 184 Rocky Mountain  WPS
6 WILSON Dean 163 Rockstar Husqvarna
7 REED Chad 149 Autotrader/JGR/ Yosh/
8 SAVATGY Joey 141 Monster Energy Kawasaki
9 BRAYTON Justin 140 Smartop MotoConcepts
10 BARCIA Justin 138 Monster Energy Yamaha
11 SEELY Cole 128 Team Honda HRC
12 PLESSINGER Aaron 123 Monster Energy Yamaha
13 HILL Justin 96 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yosh/ Suz
14 BOGLE Justin 96 RCH Racing
15 BOWERS Tyler 79 Bowers Racing
16 FRIESE Vince 65 Smartop MotoConcepts
17 CHISHOLM Kyle 64 Chisholm Racing
18 LAMAY Ben 54 TPJ.com/Fly Racing
19 OSBORNE Zach 48 Rockstar Husqvarna
20 ANDERSON Jason 46 Rockstar Husqvarna
21 RAY Alex 33 Cycle Trader Rock River
22 MARTINEZ Cole 29 Cycle Trader Rock River
23 GARDNER Carlen 26 None
24 BLOSE Chris 19 RJC Racing/AEO
25 STEWART Malcolm 17 Smartop MotoConcepts
26 ALESSI Mike 16 Smartop MotoConcepts
27 BREECE Ryan 13 None
28 SOUBEYRAS Cedric 12 None
29 MCELRATH Shane 11 Troy Lee Designs
30 STEWART Ronnie 9 DirtCandy Graphics

In the 250 class, it will be a return for the west coast riders, who have all had a nice, long break–all except Shane McElrath, who rode his 250 in the 450 class at Daytona and finished 12th. Still, it’s Adam Cianciarulo who seems to have that class under control With a 15 point lead going into Seattle he can ride somewhat conservatively and still come out ahead. Conservative for Cianciarulo this season means landing on the podium would be plenty, but any further back and Ferrandis or McElrath could easily pull off a win and close that points gap very effectively before heading to Houston next weekend. Practice will start at 12:00 Pacific time and opening ceremonies will be at 6:30.

 

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