450SX by the Numbers

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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

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