Dropping the Gate on the 2019 Motocross Season
The top qualifiers for the 2019 Hangtown Motocross Classic were Garrett Marchbanks in the 250 class clocking a 2:15.45 and Ken Roczen logging a 2:15.23 in the first of two 450 sessions.
250 Moto 1:
Justin Cooper took the holeshot ahead of Adam Cianciarulo and Chase Sexton. Early in the race Mitchell Falk was running inside the top ten before going down and having to be helped off the track after the first couple of laps.
Hunter Lawrence and Garrett Marchbanks were on the move early, having started tenth and eleventh respectively, the pair moved forward into eighth and ninth after the first 10 minutes.
Halfway through the race, Dylan Ferrandis had made the move on Michael Mosiman for fifth. Lawrence also made the pass on RJ Hampshire for seventh just before the halfway mark.
At the halfway point of the race it was Justin Cooper leading over Adam Cianciarulo, Chase Sexton, Colt Nichols, Dylan Ferrandis, Michael Mosiman, Hunter Lawrence, RJ Hampshire, Garrett Marchbanks, and Martin Davalos ran in tenth.
With about 12 minutes left in the race, Hunter Lawrence went down at the bottom of a hill and was shaken up, he looked to be hit by RJ Hampshire’s footpeg on his way to the ground. Lawrence remounted back in 15th.
A battle for the lead was heating up late in the race between Cooper and Cianciarulo as the two were separated by just one second at times. Dylan Ferrandis caught teammate Colt Nichols for fourth place with about five minutes to go in the race.
Justin Cooper would go on to win the race ahead of Cianciarulo, and Ferrandis, who caught and passed Chase Sexton for third in the final corner. Sexton, Nichols, Hampshire, Mosiman, Marchbanks, Davalos, and Drake would round out the top ten. Lawrence, who crashed halfway through the race, was able to battle his way back to 11th.
450 Moto 1:
Cooper Webb got the holeshot ahead of Justin Barcia, Jason Anderson, and Ken Roczen. Roczen made quick work of Barcia and Anderson, moving himself into second. Roczen wasted little time closing in on the leader and was able to pass Webb for the top spot before the end of lap one. Eli Tomac got a top ten start and began to work his way into the top five after the first couple of laps, passing Blake Baggett and Justin Barcia on his way towards the front. Zach Osborne followed Tomac through the field, working his way into fifth after the first ten minutes of the race.
Just before halfway, Tomac closed the gap on Anderson and began to challenge for third. Halfway through the race, Roczen had pulled out to a seven second lead over Webb. Anderson was in third, ahead of Tomac, Osborne, Baggett, Barcia, Musquin, Cole Seely, and Justin Bogle.
Musquin was able to make the pass on Barcia just after halfway to move into seventh. Jason Anderson weathered the storm from Tomac and was able to pull his gap back out to four seconds over the defending champion with about six minutes left in the race.
With about four minutes left in the race, Osborne was able to catch and pass Tomac to move into fourth. Shortly after, Anderson was able to make the pass on Webb for second. Webb battled back and made the pass back for the spot, pushing Anderson to third again. The two would battle for the next couple of laps before Anderson finally made the pass stick and started to pull away from Webb. With two laps to go, Tomac was able to make the pass back on Osborne, pushing the Husqvarna rider back into fifth.
Ken Roczen would go on to win the moto, ahead of Anderson, Webb, Tomac, Osborne, Baggett, Musquin, Barcia, Seely, and Bogle.
250 Moto 2:
By the start of the second moto’s, the rain had really begun to come down. Colt Nichols grabbed the holeshot in the second 250 moto of the day. Adam Cianciarulo and Michael Mosiman followed closely behind before Cianciarulo made the pass for the lead within the first few corners. Martin Davalos closed in on Mosiman early on and made the pass for third after the first lap.
Mosiman had some troubles after the first few minutes, going down while running in fourth and losing multiple spots. He would remount in 12th. Shortly after Mosiman went down, Chase Sexton also made a mistake and went down while running in third. The crash would push Sexton back to seventh. Sexton’s teammate, RJ Hampshire, would also make a mistake on a downhill and lose some positions. Martin Davalos also had some issues and had to pull into the pits after the first 10 minutes of the race.
By the halfway point in the race, Adam Cianciarulo was leading by about ten seconds. Colt Nichols was second, followed by Alex Martin, Dylan Ferrandis, Justin Cooper, Chase Sexton, RJ Hampshire, Wilson Todd, Hunter Lawrence, and Christian Craig.
RJ Hampshire was able to make the pass on his teammate, Sexton, just after halfway to take over the sixth spot. Sexton would battle back a couple of laps later and take the sixth spot away.
A lapped rider went down in front of Colt Nichols in a deep rut, causing him to stop and pull his bike out of the rut to continue – the incident allowed Martin to take over the second spot. Ferrandis was able to work his way past his teammate as well but a few laps later, Ferrandis had some troubles which pushed him back into fourth and into a battle with his other teammate Justin Cooper. Cooper was able to make the pass with three laps to go in the race, pushing Ferrandis into a battle for fifth with Chase Sexton.
Adam Cianciarulo would go on to win the moto and the overall ahead of Alex Martin, Colt Nichols, Justin Cooper, Dylan Ferrandis, Chase Sexton, RJ Hampshire, Shane McElrath, Wilson Todd, and Christian Craig. The overall win is just the second Pro Motocross win of Cianciarulo’s career.
The overall finishing results for the 250MX class were:
1st – Adam Cianciarulo, 2-1 for 47 points
2nd – Justin Cooper, 1-4 for 43 points
3rd – Colt Nichols, 5-3 for 36 points
4th – Dylan Ferrandis, 3-5 for 36 points
5th – Chase Sexton, 4-6 for 33 points
450 Moto 2:
Marvin Musquin took the final holeshot of the day ahead of Eli Tomac and Cooper Webb. Tomac went right to work on Musquin for the lead and was able to make the pass on the KTM rider. Moto 1 winner Ken Roczen wasted no time making passes on both Webb and Musquin. On lap two, Roczen tripled past Tomac for the top spot and tried to pull away. Jason Anderson made his way past Webb and into fourth before closing in on Musquin on lap three and making the pass for the podium spot.
Justin Barcia and Justin Bogle battled for sixth place before Bogle went down during the battle. Tomac was able to make the pass back on Roczen for the lead when Roczen got a little off balance in a rut and had to slow down considerably.
Halfway through the race, Eli Tomac lead over Ken Roczen, Jason Anderson, Marvin Musquin, Justin Barcia, Cooper Webb, Zach Osborne, Dean Ferris, Justin Bogle, and Blake Baggett.
Zach Osborne reeled in Cooper Webb and made the pass for sixth with about 11 minutes to go in the moto. With less than ten minutes left in the moto, Osborne also caught and passed Justin Barcia for the fifth place spot. Jason Anderson had some trouble late in the race and lost a spot to Musquin, pushing the Husqvarna rider back to fourth.
Eli Tomac would go on to win the moto ahead of Ken Roczen, Zach Osborne, Marvin Musquin, Jason Anderson, Cooper Webb, Justin Barcia, Dean Ferris, Justin Bogle, and Blake Baggett. Ken Roczen’s 1-2 moto scores would be enough to win the overall on the day, his first victory in either Supercross or Motocross since 2017
The overall finishing results for the 450MX class were:
1st – Ken Roczen, 1-2 for 47 points
2nd – Eli Tomac, 4-1 for 43 points
3rd – Jason Anderson, 2-5 for 38 points
4th – Zach Osborne, 5-3 for 36 points
5th – Cooper Webb, 3-6 for 35 points