KTM continued its dominance this season with another podium sweep at Round 11 of the 2019 AMA Supercross Championship in Indianapolis, Indiana. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin raced to his first Main Event victory of the year, while teammate Cooper Webb secured a solid third to maintain the 450SX Championship points lead for yet another week.
Additionally, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC – WPS – FLY – KTM’s Blake Baggett earned his fourth podium finish of the season with an impressive second-overall behind Musquin.
It was an all-around good day for Musquin, who qualified second in the 450SX class and went on to secure a solid second-place transfer into the Main Event. Musquin kept his momentum rolling as he powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION to the holeshot in the Main Event. Despite much action behind him, Musquin remained poised and in control of the race as he led all 26 laps of the Main Event to secure his first victory of 2019 in Indianapolis.
Musquin: “It’s always a tough track here in Indy, but it’s always been good to me. I won twice on the 250 and now twice on the 450, so obviously I love coming here. I thought about it coming into the weekend and, you know, I won here last year so I was excited for the racing and I think it showed tonight.”
Meanwhile, Webb leaves Round 11 with his eighth podium finish of the year and the red number plate mounted to his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITON. Webb qualified third behind Musquin and he claimed a heat race win to put himself into a favorable position heading into the Main Event. He got a fifth place start in the main, moving into fourth by lap two. He battled inside the top-four through the first half of the race before putting on a hard charge late in the race. With 10 laps to go, Webb powered his way past Eli Tomac to overtake third, and from there he charged up to the back-end of Baggett in the second spot. Webb tried everything to make a move but, in the end, he secured the final podium position in third.
Webb: “A podium sweep for KTM once again is nice, I’ll take it! For me, it was a tough race. I didn’t get the best start so I had to make some passes and then I stalled the bike and lost a couple positions. I was pretty bummed on that because I felt like I was in a good position to win. It wasn’t my best Main Event, so I was pumped to still get third with it.”
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM Factory Racing Team’s Mitchell Falk made his return to racing for the first time since the opening round of the 250SX East Championship in Minneapolis. Falk qualified 16th earlier in the day, where he secured a seventh-place transfer position in 250SX Heat 1. In the Main Event, Falk got off to a 10th place-start, where he climbed his way up to sixth early on. Battling through his first official Main Event in over a month, Falk finished 15th for the night.
Next Race: Seattle, Washington – March 23, 2019
Results 450SX Class Indianapolis 2019
1. Marvin Musquin (FRA), KTM, 26 laps
- Blake Baggett (USA), KTM, +02.449
- Cooper Webb (USA), KTM, +05.298
- Justin Bogle (USA), KTM
Standings 450SX Class 2019 after 11 of 17 rounds
1. Webb, 243 points
- Musquin, 229
- Tomac, 222
- Baggett, 184
- Bogle, 96Results 250SX East Class Indianapolis 2019
1. Austin Forkner (USA), Kawasaki, 20 laps
- Chase Sexton (USA), Honda, +06.289
- Justin Cooper (USA), Yamaha, +09.098
11. Henry Miller (USA), KTM
- Mitchell Falk (USA), KTM
Standings 250SX East Class 2019 after 6 of 10 rounds
1. Forkner, 151 points
2 Sexton, 125
- Cooper, 123
10. Smith, 70
- Miller, 37