2019 Budds Creek Motocross National Results: Tomac’s Perfect Day
With one round remaining in the 2019 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross National Championship Series, Eli Tomac has clinched his third consecutive 450MX title. Tomac did it in a stylishly dominating fashion, easily winning both motos in high heat and humidity at the Geico Motorcycle Budds Creek National at Budds Creek Motocross Park in Maryland. Jason Anderson and Marvin Musquin joined Tomac on the overall podium. Musquin reclaimed P2 in the standings, as Ken Roczen succumbed to fatigue in the second half of moto 2.
Although Eli Tomac failed to get a holeshot, he led every lap at Budds Creek to win the championship. It was never in doubt, as Tomac (Monster Energy Kawasaki) dominated the field in both motos, taking the lead twice before completing a single lap. From there, Tomac tore away from the field winning the first moto by nearly 14 seconds and the second moto by almost 15 seconds. Tomac moved into a 50-point lead over runner-up Musquin in the standings with just 50 points available at the final round next week. With ten moto wins, Tomac owns the tiebreaker and has now won three 450MX titles in a row.
Eli Tomac had this to say after clinching the 2019 title: “To get it done today and a race early is amazing! Honestly, when I crossed the line, I didn’t know I had gotten the championship. To go three championships in a row is pretty special and something I am proud of. Each championship has been special in its own right, but man am I happy we got it done today.”
Ken Roczen’s battle with fatigue cost him a chance to take the championship battle into the final round. After going 1-1 last week at Unadilla, Roczen (Team Honda HRC) looked good in moto 1. Although Roczen didn’t have Tomac’s pace, Roczen was never challenged for P2, finishing over five seconds clear of Musquin. In moto 2, Roczen held P2 until the midway point when he was passed by Anderson. Roczen’s lap times started rising on lap 8 (of 17), and he slowed down considerably on lap 11, when he was over eight seconds slower than on lap 2. Roczen began circulating in the 2:15s and 2:16s, compared to 2:04s and 2:05s early. On lap 13, Roczen was passed by Musquin, Zach Osborne, and Justin Barcia in quick succession, sealing Roczen’s fate in the championship. Roczen drops out of P2 in the standings, and is now five points behind Musquin.
Marvin Musquin reclaimed P2 in the standings, though he was never competitive for a moto win at Budds Creek. Musquin (Red Bull KTM) got decent starts in both motos—P5 after a lap in both motos—and was able to put together two podium rides. However, Musquin was never in the same ballpark as Tomac, trailing the winner by over 19 seconds in moto 1 and over 25 seconds in moto 2 when the checkered flag flew. Musquin has finished one position behind Tomac in the AMA 450MX National Championship standings for four years in a row.
Jason Anderson slipped into P2 overall with a 4-2 day, giving him breathing room in the standings ahead of teammate Zach Osborne. Anderson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing) looked especially strong in moto 2, as he finished over ten seconds ahead of Musquin. Anderson now has an 11-point lead over Osborne going into the final round, as he battles with Osborne for P4 in the standings. Over the last four motos, both Anderson and Osborne have been in the top five in every race.
Joey Savatgy’s run of four consecutive P6 finishes came to an end. A week after being dropped from the Monster Energy Kawasaki team for next year, Savatgy stayed at home for the birth of his first child.
After a long struggle in 2019, Aaron Plessinger put together two top-ten motos, going 9-9 for P8 overall. The Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing rider has had a difficult time recovering from injuries suffered in Supercross this year.
Fredrik Norén’s fill-in ride for JGR/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing is going backward, though not as badly as Justin Bogle at Rocky Mountain ATV-MC/WPS/KTM. Norén went from 8-8 at Washougal to 12-8 last week at Unadilla, and now 15-13 at Budds Creek. Regardless, Norén moved up to P8 in the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Standings, as Bogle had a difficult day. Bogle pulled a holeshot in moto 1 and faded to P19, and then did not line-up for the second moto.
The final round of the AMA Nationals is next week at Ironman Raceway in Indiana. With the 450MX title wrapped up, you probably won’t mind that NBCSN is delaying the broadcast of moto 2 in both classes next Saturday. NBC Sports Gold subscribers, as always, will see both motos and qualifying live. Check out our 2019 Pro Motocross TV Schedule for airtime details.
2019 Budds Creek National Results, Budds Creek Motocross Park, Mechanicsville, MD
Eli Tomac, Kawasaki, 1-1; 50 points
Jason Anderson, Husqvarna, 4-2; 40 points
Marvin Musquin, KTM, 3-3; 40 points
Ken Roczen, Honda, 2-7; 36 points
Zach Osborne, Husqvarna, 5-4; 34 points
Justin Barcia, Yamaha, 6-5; 31 points
Dean Wilson, Husqvarna, 8-6; 28 points
Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha, 9-9; 24 points
Benny Bloss, KTM, 7-11; 24 points
Kyle Cunningham, Honda, 11-8; 23 points
John Short, Honda, 10-10; 22 points
James Weeks, Yamaha, 14-12; 16 points
Fredrik Norén, Suzuki, 15-13, 14 points
Tyler Bowers, Kawasaki, 16-14; 12 points
Coty Schock, KTM, 13-17; 12 points
Toshiki Tomita, Honda, 18-15; 9 points
Isaac Teasdale, Suzuki, 17-16; 9 points
Lorenzo Locurcio, Kawasaki, 12-37; 9 points
Jeremy Hand, Honda, 20-18; 4 points
Justin Bogle, KTM, 19-DNS; 2 points
Jacob Runkles, KTM, 21-19; 2 points
Jeremy Smith, Honda, 26-20; 1 point
2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross AMA National Championship Standings (after 11 of 12 rounds)
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the much anticipated Yamaha MT-10 SP. That’s the model with the Ohlins semi-active suspension. It’s only been available in Europe for the last couple of years, but finally the good news is, that it’s coming to America. The big question is, whether the extra 3k you’re going to have to pony up for the Ohlins is actually worth it, or perhaps there’s just not that much improvement over the stock KYB suspension that has suited the Yamaha MT-10 so well until now?
In the second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with Val Collins. Val grew up on motorcycles and learned to love speed, however her real love is Formula 1 tunnel-boat racing. These are the guys and gals that are strapped into a tiny cockpit and then hurtle down the straights at 120 mile per hour and pull 5G in the corners. We attended the recent season finale in Lake Havasu and watched our friend Mike Quindazzi try to take the win. Val chats with Teejay about her love for two-wheels and tunnel-boats. Yeah, it’s crazy stuff.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode and have a great Thanksgiving Holiday!