As the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series hit the halfway mark Saturday night at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, rookie Aaron Plessinger crossed the line in fifth for a career-best finish in the 450SX class.
With Justin Barcia absent this weekend recovering from a training crash, Plessinger was the lone representative for the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team. The 2018 250SX West and 250MX Champion represented the team well and continues to show progress each weekend.
During the week between races, Plessinger has spent a lot of time working on starts and his intensity level. That proved to pay off. He had a decent start in his heat, ran a solid race and was able to capitalize off of other rider errors to finish fifth. In the main event, Plessinger got off to an even better start in fourth and held onto that spot until a mistake had him down in the sand section of a very unforgiving track. The 23yr. old quickly remounted and was able to hold onto fifth, his best finish to date in the premier class.
The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team will head to the “World Center of Racing” as they compete next Saturday, March 9, in the iconic Daytona Supercross at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, round 10 of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship.
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team Manager
“It was a great night for Aaron Plessinger. He started the day off in a good place and made improvements throughout the day in practice. He built on that with a solid heat race and got off to a great start in the main event and rode with the lead pack for half the race. Unfortunately, he had a small tip-over in the deep sand, but got up and continued to charge on and rounded out the top five. He’s been working really hard and with a good start tonight it showed and paid off. We’re looking forward to Daytona, a high-speed, outdoor-style supercross track.”
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing
“Atlanta supercross was pretty awesome! I was struggling in the first practices a little bit, but we made a little shock change and it was definitely for the better. I qualified thirteenth and went into the heat race with a pretty good gate pick. I came out pretty bad on the start, but I made it work and was able to come back to fifth. Then the main event, I lined up in a pretty good spot and yanked a really good start. I was running fourth for a while and crashed right in the sand, then got up in fifth and stayed there. We made a lot of steps in the right direction. I’m really, really excited about tonight and looking forward to Daytona next weekend!”
2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX Atlanta Results
1. Cooper Webb
2. Blake Baggett
3. Marvin Musquin
4. Ken Roczen
5. Aaron Plessinger
6. Eli Tomac
7. Justin Brayton
8. Dean Wilson
9. Joey Savatgy
10. Cole Seely
2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX Championship Standings
1. Cooper Webb 199
2. Ken Roczen 186
3. Marvin Musquin 182
4. Eli Tomac 177
5. Blake Baggett 142
6. Dean Wilson 137
7. Chad Reed 124
8. Aaron Plessinger 122
9. Justin Barcia 120
10. Justin Brayton 113