Ten feel-good wins of 2019

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10. Martin Davalos - 250SX East - Nashville

 

 

Davalos was not the favorite coming into the Nashville Supercross: Austin Forkner was, and for good reason. Forkner was undefeated in all six races in the 250SX East class heading into the event. However, even when Forkner got injured in a crash in practice, the focus did not turn to Davalos. Instead, it turned to new title combatants Chase Sexton and Justin Cooper, who led the field away at the start. However, both riders got together early on in the event, causing both bikes to go down. This handed the lead to Davalos who went on to take his first win in three years.

 

9. Eli Tomac - 450SX - Denver

 

 

It wasn’t the first nor was it the last of Eli Tomac’s wins in 2019, but his triumph at Denver was the most special. While many entries on this list see a first with regards to race winners, this event was unique in that it was the first Supercross to be held in Denver since 1996. Tomac wanted to a) impress his home fans and b) close the deficit in the championship between him and points leader Cooper Webb. The Denver crowd roared when Tomac was introduced during opening ceremonies and again when he passed Marvin Musquin during the Main Event for the lead. Then, on the final lap, Tomac popped a wheelie on the way to the finish line as the crowd cheered in delight and Tomac got the checkered flag.  

 

8. Colt Nichols - 250SX West - Anaheim 1

 

 

A win at the first Main Event of the season at Anaheim 1 always comes with bragging rights. For the fans, Anaheim 1 is a way to kick off the new year’s racing season and find out who truly has what it takes to be the future champion. For the riders, likewise. Of course, the first Main Event of each year isn’t when the big bikes hit the track, but rather, the 250s. This season, it was Colt Nichols taking home the first winner’s trophy of 2019 with his first career win. With Yamaha teammate Dylan Ferrandis behind him in second, it became apparent that Yamaha would be a serious threat all season long in 250s.

 

7. Ken Roczen - 450SX - Houston - Main Event 1

 

 

This would have been ranked higher if it wasn’t for the fact that a Main Event win wasn’t the goal of the night in Houston. Due to the Triple Crown format, Ken Roczen knew he still had to perform following his win in the first Main Event at NRG Stadium. His chances of the overall win were dashed in Main Event 2 though when he went down hard before he got to the Holeshot line, and finished 21st. Still, it was great to see Roczen taking a Main Event checkered flag again following his horrendous arm injuries in 2017 and 2018.

 

6. Justin Barcia - 450SX - Anaheim 1

 

 

Anaheim 1 is the Super Bowl of Supercross, the event that all of the riders want to win. Jason Anderson, Eli Tomac, Ken Roczen and Marvin Musquin were the favorites at the start of the year and most eyes were on one of those riders to open the 2019 season with a victory. Damp conditions though played to the advantage of Yamaha’s Justin Barcia, who took the lead away from Dean Wilson late in the race to take his first win since Seattle in 2013.

 

5. Blake Baggett - 450SX - Glendale

 

 

2019 marked Blake Baggett’s fifth year in Monster Energy Supercross, and he had finished in the top six in points in three out of the four previous years. Yet, despite his speed and consistency, the rider of the No. 4 had never taken a Main Event win. It looked like it would have to wait a week longer in Glendale as Ken Roczen got off to a great start and pulled away from the rest of the field. The rest of the riders were given a second chance though as the red flag flew mid-race, bunching the field back up for a staggered restart. Baggett was then able to catch and pass former race leader Ken Roczen as well as defending champion Jason Anderson to claim his long-awaited maiden win.

 

4. Cooper Webb - 450SX - Anaheim 2

 

 

With seven 450SX wins to his name, it may be easy to forget how many of those Webb held before the start of this season: 0. He had shown potential two weeks before at Anaheim 1 after salvaging a fifth-place finish following a crash at the start, but even then it still wasn’t evident that he had what it took to get the ultimate job done. However, he proved himself to be the guy to beat when the series returned to Anaheim, taking a 1st, 1st and a 3rd in the Triple Crown format to take his first 450SX victory.

 

3. Chase Sexton - 250SX East - East Rutherford

 

 

The only thing that would have made the East Rutherford win more of a fairytale story for Sexton is if it had clinched him the title. While that was still up for grabs heading into Las Vegas, Sexton still had many reasons to celebrate in East Rutherford. Firstly, wins for anyone in the 250SX East class in 2019 had been hard to come by for anyone not named Austin Forkner. Secondly, when Sexton did finally get the checkered flag it was not only his first win of the season but the first of his career. And lastly, Sexton’s first career win propelled him to the lead of the championship for the first time in his career. Sexton would clinch the title one week later in Vegas.

 

1&2. Dylan Ferrandis

 

2. 250SX West - Seattle

 

 

Ferrandis had been riding with great consistency during the early part of the season. In the first six rounds he had finished second four times and never finished worse than seventh. However, he had not yet taken a win. Finally, in Seattle, Ferrandis saw a dream realized - a dream that had brought him all the way from France - as he saw his teammate Colt Nichols go down and then made the move stick on Jimmy Decotis to bring home his first Supercross win.

 

1. 250SX East/West Shootout - Las Vegas

 

 

Three championships would be decided at the finale at Sam Boyd Stadium, with Cooper Webb (450SX), Chase Sexton (250SX East) and Adam Cianciarulo (250SX West) the favorites coming in. Webb and Sexton put together smooth races and were able to seal the deal, and Cianciarulo looked like he was going to do the same in the 250SX West class too. Ferrandis had an outside shot in his class, but did what he needed to do and led the Main Event all the way to the finish where he captured the checkered flag. What makes this win top this list though was the elation Ferrandis got from not only winning the race, but the championship with it as well, as Cianciarulo had crashed in the closing laps, handing the title over.

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