Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin charged his way to victory in the 450SX class on Saturday in front of a packed crowd at Gillette Stadium for round 15 of the 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship.
As the gate dropped for the 450SX main event, Musquin powered to the front and assumed the lead on the opening lap. The Frenchmen dominated the first 21 laps of the race until Eli Tomac interjected just before the white flag. With a victory on his mind, Musquin fought back hard making an aggressive and controversial last-lap pass that left Tomac on the ground to capture his third win of the season in Foxborough.
“After Eli got past me, I knew I had to do something – it’s for the win,” Musquin said. “I led so many laps and I was bummed but I felt like I was riding really good so I knew I could charge. I was going into the main rut the whole Main Event, and he cut really tight, I definitely didn’t expect it.
“Obviously, the outcome was pretty brutal, and I’m sorry about what happened with the crash, but it could have been bad for me too. It was for a 450 main event win, sometimes you have to try your hardest, and I know I did that.”
Tomac regained his composure and re-mounted to finish just ahead of points leader Jason Anderson in second. As would be expected, Tomac saw the incident a bit different to Musquin.
“It was just a cheap shot really, that’s all there was to it. I passed him straight up square and clean, and he went way, way, past clean, that was bad! It was a joke,” Tomac said after the race. “hopefully he gets to sleep on it. I am not going to do anything stupid, it was just bad!” he concluded.
Jason Anderson was top-five at the start and battled with a freight train of riders up front. He maintained his position in third and focused on staying consistent in order to get a good finish to maintain his lead in the 450 championship. He had a clean finish in third and retains his lead in the 450 championship as the series heads to its penultimate round next Saturday.
“It was a pretty consistent day,” said Anderson. “I had good qualifying sessions; then as the night went on, I got a heat race win then a third place in the Main. I earned some more points. I’m just trying to move forward, and I’m excited to get the Championship wrapped up.”
After winning his heat race Zach Osborne pulled the holeshot in the 250SX East Championship main event and worked hard to pull a gap while Jordon Smith and Kyle Peters battled for the minor placings.
Osborne stayed consistent despite the rutted track and maintained the lead. He led every lap and cruised to his seventh career victory to maintain his lead in the 250SX East Championship. Osborne will lay it all on the line as he heads to the series finale in two weeks in Las Vegas with a 15 point lead.
“What a great day in Foxborough,” said Osborne. “I was able to win both my heat and the Main Event. I figured something out with my starts, and I pulled two holeshots. It was just a really good night. I’m happy, and I’ll take a 15 point lead into the finals.”
Smith got the better of Peters to take the second step on the podium with the Autotrader/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing rider having another solid finish with third. It was not an easy night for Peters who was riding with a knee injury and having to qualify through the LCQ, which he won.
Ride of the night went to Geico Honda’s Jeremy Martin who clawed his way to a gutsy fourth place after a crash on lap one left him dead last and half a lap behind.
Osborne heads into the Las Vegas finale with a 15-point lead over Smith.
Photo by Simon Cudby
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