The 2019 AMA Supercross Championship kicks off this Saturday, Jan. 5, with the opening round at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing teammates Marvin Musquin and Cooper Webb are READY TO RACE into the new year as they are set to challenge a deep field of the world’s most elite supercross riders for the coveted 450SX Championship.
At the helm of Red Bull KTM’s 450cc efforts is multi-time 450SX winner and 2018 Anaheim SX winner, Marvin Musquin. The French rider is now entering his fourth season in the premier class and after finishing only nine points shy of the title last year, Musquin is sure to be out for vengeance in 2019 aboard his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION.
“Every year there is an excitement to line up at A1 and this year is no different," said Musquin. "We had a lot of success at the opening round last year, so we really are looking forward to it! Our off-season didn’t go as smooth as the one last year but we worked hard and we are very thankful to be lining up at A1. We are ready for the challenge of the 2019 championship!”
In his official 450SX debut in Anaheim, Cooper Webb is poised and ready to showcase his abilities in 2019. Webb joined the Red Bull KTM roster in October of 2018, where he piloted the KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION to a pair of top-ten finishes at MEC in Las Vegas. Now, with three months of training with Aldon Baker and logging plenty of laps on the orange bike, the North Carolina native is ready to get the season underway in Anaheim.
"I’m excited for Anaheim this weekend, it’s been a great off-season so far with the new KTM and training with Aldon Baker down in Florida," Webb said. "Everything was brand new for me coming into the season – new bike, new team, new trainer, new mechanic – so I had to get adjusted, but it’s been really good so far. I’ve been training since the end of September and everything has been great – I’ve been healthy, training hard and had a lot of good testing with KTM. Now it’s the week before Anaheim and I’m feeling good, feeling fit and ready to go – the bike’s dialed in so it’s just time to get racing and hopefully everything pans out good. More than anything, I’m just excited to get behind the gate and see where we’re at.”
With Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM Factory Racing returning as KTM’s official 250cc race team once again for 2019, Shane McElrath and Sean Cantrell will headline the team’s 250SX West efforts aboard the KTM 250 SX-F. McElrath, a seasoned veteran in the 250 class, has proven to be a championship contender over the years and he is determined to claim the title in 2019. His teammate, Cantrell, put forth a successful rookie season in 2018 finishing seventh-overall in the 250SX East division. For 2019, the Southern California native will take to his native coast as he lines up beside McElrath this Saturday in the 250SX West opener.
The season kicks off on Saturday, Jan. 5 in Anaheim, California for the opening round of the 2019 AMA Supercross Championship. Live television coverage from Anaheim begins at 7 p.m. PST on NBC Sports Network.