450SX by the Numbers


With the 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross an FIM World Championship in the rear-view mirror, we thought it would be interesting to go back through the top five of the 450SX class and look at the statistics that landed them a strong season.


Up first we have the new champion, Jason Anderson. “El Hombre” was a model of consistency throughout the championship and only finished outside the top 10 one time (Salt Lake City.) This created a bit of a tense scenario for the Husqvarna mounted racer, but he persevered for the title.


Jason Anderson


Average Qualifying: 4.0


Season Holeshots: 0


Average Start: 6.9


Laps Led: 27


Average Finish: 3.6


Wins: 4


Coming in 2nd overall in 450SX points was Marvin Musquin, who was actually pretty consistent in 2018, but suffered a shoulder injury at round two in Houston. Marvin came on strong down the stretch but came up 9 points shy of the 450SX title.


Marvin Musquin


Average Qualifying: 6.0


Season Holeshots: 2


Average Start: 2.9


Laps Led: 99


Average Finish: 3.1


Wins: 4


Next, we have the mega fast, but painfully inconsistent Eli Tomac. Trouble didn’t wait long to arrive for the Kawasaki racer as he was leading Anaheim 1 when he went down and injured his shoulder. This would keep him out of Round 2, but then he went on a mission accumulating 8 big victories.


Eli Tomac


Average Qualifying: 3.9


Season Holeshots: 6


Average Start: 4.4


Laps Led: 123


Average Finish: 5.6


Wins: 8


Finishing 4th overall in 450SX Points was KTM mounted Blake Baggett. As one of the most improved racers in this division of 2018, Baggett piled up 5 podium finishes and for a time was looking like he was on the cusp of a win. Blake suffered a wrist injury at Atlanta but was strong down the stretch finishing up on the podium in Las Vegas.


Blake Baggett


Average Qualifying: 7.4


Season Holeshots: 1.0


Average Start: 8.3


Laps Led: 3


Average Finish: 6.5


Wins: 0


Rounding out the top five was a feel-good story by the name of Justin Brayton. By winning the Daytona Supercross, Brayton became the oldest 450SX Main Event winner in history. It was a remarkable performance by the Honda rider, who was consistent and strong throughout the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Championship.


Justin Brayton


Average Qualifying: 7.6


Season Holeshots: 1.0


Average Start: 9.0


Laps Led: 17


Average Finish: 7.1


Wins: 1