The 2019 AMA Supercross series came to a close for Team Honda HRC at Las Vegas’s Sam Boyd Stadium, with Ken Roczen racing to a solid fourth-place finish aboard his CRF450R, while teammate Cole Seely secured a respectable sixth-place result. In the final main event of the year, Roczen got off the line to a seventh-place start and advanced to fifth by lap two. The German continued his charge, closing in on fourth and making an impressive pass through the whoops to secure the position. Toward the end of the 22-lap race, Roczen advanced on third but was unable to make the pass, taking the checkered flag in fourth. Meanwhile, Seely struggled off the line, coming around the first turn outside the top 10. By the completion of the 20-minute-plus-one-lap race, he had methodically advanced through the pack to sixth.

Ken Roczen  94

“I’m pretty happy with how tonight went. I struggled in the heat but we went back to an earlier setting and things were a lot better in the main. I still didn’t get the best start but made some passes pretty quick, working my way into fourth. I actually felt good throughout the whole race and didn’t lose steam, which is what I’ve been fighting a lot this season. We’re still trying to fully figure out what was or is going on, but it seems to be a little better than before. I’m so happy to make it through a whole supercross season and am looking forward to heading into outdoors.”

Cole Seely  14

“Vegas as a whole went pretty well. Practice was okay. I qualified decent but not great, which I kind of expected because I’m not normally the best qualifier, especially in Vegas. It normally takes some time for me to figure out the track. I had a good heat, running in second for most of the race, then finishing third, so I was pretty happy with that. Going into the main, I knew if I could get a good start I’d be able to end the season on a positive note. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the start I wanted and ended up just outside the top 10. I had a good a flow going though, so I knew if I just put my head down and hit my marks that I could end up in a good position. I just started picking my way through the pack. I felt like I wasn’t using a ton of energy, so I was able to maintain my pace throughout the whole race more than normal. I was really happy with how I was riding and ended up sixth.”

Erik Kehoe

Team Manager

“Once again, our starts hindered us tonight in the main event. Both Ken and Cole didn’t get the best jumps out of the gate, so we really need to dial those in. It’s hard to battle for the lead or podiums when you’re not putting yourself in a good position from the start. However, I think they both rode well. Their intensity was better tonight throughout the entire race and didn’t taper off. This season as a whole was definitely up and down, but we’re happy that both riders were able to make it through uninjured.”

Oscar Wirdeman

Mechanic (Ken Roczen)

“We got fourth tonight, which isn’t necessarily what we want, but overall it’s still pretty good. It would have been great to end the season with a podium, but Ken rode well. Bike-wise, we made a few changes after practice and for the heat race, but Ken struggled so we ended up switching back for the main. Time to focus on prepping for outdoors.”

Jordan Troxell

Mechanic (Cole Seely)

“I think tonight went pretty decent. Things started a little slow but I think Cole rode well in his heat, getting a good start and putting in some solid laps. He rode well in the main too but got a bad start and had to make his way through the field. He still managed to finish sixth, which is good. It’s been a rollercoaster season for Cole. He’s shown good speed at times but also struggled to put it all together. I’m happy that we were able to make it through the whole season though, and now we’ll turn our focus to outdoors.”

Overall Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 WEBB Cooper 2 USA 379 Red Bull KTM
2 TOMAC Eli 3 USA 361 Monster Energy Kawasaki
3 MUSQUIN Marvin 25 FRA 350 Red Bull KTM
4 ROCZEN Ken 94 GER 319 Team Honda HRC
5 BAGGETT Blake 4 USA 290 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS
6 WILSON Dean 15 GBR 223 Rockstar Husqvarna
7 SEELY Cole 14 USA 211 Team Honda HRC
8 SAVATGY Joey 17 USA 208 Monster Energy Kawasaki
9 BOGLE Justin 19 USA 171 RCH Racing
10 BRAYTON Justin 10 USA 163 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing
11 HILL Justin 46 USA 162 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing
12 BOWERS Tyler 69 USA 155 Bowers Racing
13 OSBORNE Zach USA 154 Rockstar Husqvarna
14 BARCIA Justin 51 USA 154 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team
15 REED Chad 22 AUS 151 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing
16 PLESSINGER Aaron 7 USA 123 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team
17 CHISHOLM Kyle 11 USA 119 Chisholm Racing
18 LAMAY Ben 907 USA 113 TPJ.com/Fly Racing
19 RAY Alex USA 73 Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha
20 FRIESE Vince 45 USA 65 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing
21 GARDNER Carlen 805 USA 53 None
22 BREECE Ryan 86 USA 48 None
23 ANDERSON Jason 21 USA 46 Rockstar Husqvarna
24 ALESSI Mike 800 USA 37 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing
25 BLOSE Chris 111 USA 36 RJC Racing/AEO Powersports
26 GRANT Joshua 33 USA 34 Monster Energy Kawasaki
27 MARTINEZ Cole 68 USA 29 Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha
28 POLITELLI Austin 981 USA 24 Old Town Construction/ TripTagger/ Yamaha
29 STARLING Justin 68 USA 18 AJE Motorsports
30 STEWART Malcolm 27 USA 17 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing

Words and Photos: Honda Racing Corporation