HANGTOWN: ROCZEN VS. TOMAC!

Ken Roczen and Eli Tomac proved that anyone who aspires to win the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross championship will have to go through them first. They were the class of the field at the opening round in Sacramento, splitting motos in wildly different conditions. In the end, Roczen will take the red plate to the next round at Fox Raceway in Southern California by virtue of his 1-2 moto finish. Tomac was fourth in the first moto, and that cost him some valuable points in what will be a hotly contested season. For extended coverage of Hangtown 2019, click here.

450 MOTO ONE

Ken Roczen was delighted with the first moto of the 450 class at the 2019 Hangtown National Motocross. After nailing down the fastest qualifying time he won the first moto with a convincing performance. He had to work for it, initially at least, because Cooper Webb got the holeshot with Jason Anderson, Justin Barcia and Blake Baggett following. Roczen passed all save Webb within a lap or two. The Web/Roczen battle lasted for some time, but eventually, Roczen make a pass and made it stick. Through the middle of the race, the most entertainment came from Eli Tomac, who had a number of formidable riders lined up in front of him. He spent the early laps chasing Zach Osborne, then he worked his way up to Anderson, who was running third. Tomac passed Anderson,  then Anderson passed him right back. That seemed to wake up Anderson, who then closed up on Webb and challenged for second. Those two battled back and forth for several laps. Eventually, Anderson took over for good. He finished 15 seconds behind Roczen.

The start was critical, and Marvin Musquin was buried in the pack.

The rain just began to fall at the end of the race which had most riders wondering how the track would hold up. “A lot of bad stuff can happen or a lot of good stuff can happen,” said Roczen afterward.

Anderson was all smiles. “I’m just happy to be riding. I’ve only been on the bike for four weeks now.”

Rockstar/Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson came away from Hangtown with 2-5 moto scores for third overall.

450 MOTO 1 RESULTS

1 Ken Roczen
2 Jason Anderson
3 Cooper Webb
4 Eli Tomac
5 Zach Osborne
6 Blake Baggett
7 Marvin Musquin
8 Justin Barcia
9 Cole Seely
10 Justin Bogle
11 Dean Ferris
12 Todd Waters
13 Jake Masterpool
14 Ben LaMay
15 Cody Cooper
16 Justin Hill
17 Fredrik Noren
18 Tyler Bowers
19 Dare DeMartile
20 Dylan Merriam
21 Lorenzo Locurcio
22 Erki Kahro
23 Taiki Koga
24 Henry Miller
25 Mathias Jorgensen
26 Caleb Tennant
27 Brandan Leith
28 Tyler Stepek
29 Jeremy Smith
30 Kolton Dean
31 Dustin Winter
32 Chris Alldredge
33 Casey Brennan
34 Robert Piazza
35 Derek Kelley
36 Toshiki Tomita
37 James Weeks
38 Cade Autenrieth
39 Justin Hoeft
40 Austin Kouba

Ken Roczen took a commanding win over the rest of the 450 field in moto one.

450 MOTO TWO

Eli Tomac found more speed halfway through a muddy moto two.

Conditions went from perfection to a muddy nightmare between motos. The rain that just started on the final lap of moto one fell continuously through the 250 race. When that class finished there wasn’t much left of the track. Marvin Musquin clearly wanted to make up for a terrible first moto start and he pulled a big holeshot in the wet conditions of round two. Unfortunately for him, Eli Tomac wasn’t far behind. Ken Roczen was nowhere in sight in the first turn, but he somehow appeared right on Tomac’s rear fender by the end of the first lap. Tomac passed Musquin, then Roczen passed them both. For almost half the race, it seemed like Roczen would be unbeatable. But everyone was making mistakes in the rain, and suddenly Tomac was back in front. After that, he seemed to find more speed and Roczen settled in. Zach Osborne fell on the first lap, but slowly worked his way up. In the end,he caught all the way up to third. Jason Anderson was always in the thick of a battle, and his fifth in the second moto was good for third on the podium. In the end, Tomac’s lead was 43 seconds. “Kenny got by me there and I settled down and found my lines and got into the groove,” said Tomac. “I almost came off a couple of times. Actually I think I did come off it!”

Marvin Musquin ran a solid race to finish fourth in moto two.
For almost half of moto two,Roczen was perfect.

1 Eli Tomac
2 Ken Roczen
3 Zach Osborne
4 Marvin Musquin
5 Jason Anderson
6 Cooper Webb
7 Justin Barcia
8 Dean Ferris
9 Justin Bogle
10 Blake Baggett
11 Jake Masterpool
12 Ben LaMay
13 Todd Waters
14 Toshiki Tomita
15 Taiki Koga
16 Dylan Merriam
17 Fredrik Noren
18 Cole Seely
19 Tyler Bowers
20 Mathias Jorgensen
21 Justin Hill
22 Henry Miller
23 Lorenzo Locurcio
24 Robert Piazza
25 Dare DeMartile
26 Tyler Stepek
27 Casey Brennan
28 Dustin Winter
29 Brandan Leith
30 James Weeks
31 Kolton Dean
32 Colton Aeck
33 Cade Autenrieth
34 Caleb Tennant
35 Jeremy Smith
36 Derek Kelley
37 Chad Gores
38 Keylan Meston
39 Erki Kahro
40 Cody Cooper

450 OVERALL

1 Ken Roczen 1 – 2
2 Eli Tomac 4 – 1
3 Jason Anderson 2 – 5
4 Zach Osborne 5 – 3
5 Cooper Webb 3 – 6
6 Marvin Musquin 7 – 4
7 Justin Barcia 8 – 7
8 Blake Baggett 6 – 10
9 Dean Ferris 11 – 8
10 Justin Bogle 10 – 9
11 Jake Masterpool 13 – 11
12 Todd Waters 12 – 13
13 Ben LaMay 14 – 12
14 Cole Seely 9 – 18
15 Fredrik Noren 17 – 17
16 Toshiki Tomita 36 – 14
17 Taiki Koga 23 – 15
18 Dylan Merriam 20 – 16
19 Cody Cooper 15 – 40
20 Tyler Bowers 18 – 19
21 Justin Hill 16 – 21
22 Dare DeMartile 19 – 25
23 Mathias Jorgensen 25 – 20
24 Lorenzo Locurcio 21 – 23
25 Henry Miller 24 – 22
26 Tyler Stepek 28 – 26
27 Brandan Leith 27 – 29
28 Robert Piazza 34 – 24
29 Dustin Winter 31 – 28
30 Casey Brennan 33 – 27
31 Caleb Tennant 26 – 34
32 Kolton Dean 30 – 31
33 Erki Kahro 22 – 39
34 Jeremy Smith 29 – 35
35 James Weeks 37 – 30
36 Cade Autenrieth 38 – 33
37 Derek Kelley 35 – 36
38 Colton Aeck DNS – 32
39 Chris Alldredge 32 – DNS
40 Chad Gores DNS – 37
41 Keylan Meston DNS – 38
42 Justin Hoeft 39 – DNS
43 Austin Kouba 40 – DNS

 

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