By Ben Bridges
Records are broken every year in Monster Energy Supercross and the statistics are always being updated, especially when Chad Reed is on the track. The 2019 season was one to remember with the biggest story being the rejuvenation of Cooper Webb‘s career. The young North Carolina native dominated early in his career in the 250 class, but he struggled to get back to his winning ways when he moved up to the 450 class in 2017. Before joining the Red Bull KTM team in 2019, Cooper rode for the Factory Yamaha team. Cooper was only able to complete 12 of the 17 rounds before getting injured in his first two 450 Supercross seasons, but he did finish on the podium once each year. Coming into 2019 Cooper Webb made the move to the KTM team and he completely changed his entire program. It worked out well for him as he was able to complete all 17 rounds for the first time, he won 7 races and finished on the podium 13 times.
In 2019, Cooper Webb earned his first victory in his 27th start at the Anaheim 2 Triple Crown in the 450SX class. He finished the season with a 2.8 average position. He won the title by 18 points over Eli Tomac. He finished top-10 in all 17 races and ended the season on a 12 race top five streak. He became the 11th rider in Premier Class history to earn his first win and first title in same season. He became the 7th rider in the Premier Class to earn a 250SX title and a 450SX title. He became the 2nd rider to earn a Premier Class title on a KTM and he helped a European brand win the Premier Class title for the fifth straight season, KTM won the series in ’15-’17 and ’19, Husqvarna in ’18.
Eli Tomac earned the 27th victory of his 450SX Class career in Las Vegas, tying him with Bob Hannah for 9th on the all-time 450SX Class wins list heading into 2020. Tomac finished runner-up in the point standings for the third time in his career and is the most victories without a title in 450SX Class history. Tomac also tied Rick Johnson for 11th on the all-time podiums list with 52.
Marvin Musquin rode to his 12th podium of the season with a runner-up finish in Las Vegas. The podium ties Musquin with Bob Hannah for 39 podiums. He is now 15th on the career podiums list. Musquin finished third in the point standings, which is his third consecutive top three finish in the 450 Supercross point standings, he’s still looking for his first 450 Championship.
Cooper Webb easily clinched the 2019 title with a third place finish in Las Vegas, his 13th podium of the season. Webb is the third different champion in three seasons, something that hasn’t happened since 2009-2011. Nobody had ever won their first 450SX title on a KTM until Webb. Cooper had zero wins and a best point standings finish of ninth before this year. He will enter the 2020 season with 7 victories and a title under his belt after his amazing year of Supercross.
After leading 19 laps in at the Arlington Supercross, Ken Roczen was passed by Cooper Webb in the final inches of the race to place second in a photo finish. The difference was .028 between the two riders. Even though he didn’t win, Ken Roczen finished 4th in the point standings and completed all 17 races for the first time since 2016. After two seasons that ended due to horrible arm injuries, Roczen was happy to complete a full season in which he earned 6 podiums and 11 top five finishes. Ken Roczen has yet to break his win drought that dates back to the beginning of 2017. He had won a race every season from 2014-2017 previously.
2019 added even more to Chad Reed’s impressive stat sheet. He has the most starts in Supercross history at 249 and he also has the most podiums out of any Supercross racer with 132.
Austin Forkner led 123 total laps and won five races before crashing during timed-qualifying practice in Nashville and injuring his knee. Before his injury, his only loss was in the 250 East/West Shootout at the Atlanta Supercross when he finished third behind Adam Cianciarulo and Dylan Ferrandis.
In Las Vegas, Dylan Ferrandis rode to his third victory of the season and tying him for 59th all-time on the 250SX Class wins list. The victory also gave him the 2019 250SX Class Western Regional title over Adam Cianciarulo, who finished 20th after a wreck ruined his title hopes. Ferrandis has 11 podiums and 15 top five finishes spread across 22 career starts as he looks to defend his title in 2020.
5 race wins in 2019 gave Adam Cianciarulo an 8-point lead coming into the East/West shootout in Las Vegas. Unfortunately with 6 laps to go, he crashed and bent up his front end so badly that he could barely ride the bike. He cruised home to finish 20th place in the main and second in the 250 West Championship.
Chase Sexton clinched the 2019 250SX Class Eastern Regional Championship with a fourth place finish in Las Vegas. Sexton won just one race all season but snagged a top five finish in all nine Eastern Regional races to cruise to the title over Justin Cooper, who finished eighth in Vegas.
RJ Hampshire tied a career best of second place in Las Vegas, his third career podium. He finished fourth in the 250SX Class Western Regional and earned a podium finish in two of his last three 250 West Coast races of 2019.
Cameron McAdoo earned his first career podium with a third place finish in the Las Vegas shoot-out. He finished fifth in the 250SX Class Western Regional point standings.