Marvin Musquin earned his second consecutive victory and captured the 450 series lead at the seventh round of the motocross nationals in the United States, the AMA Pro Motocross Championships, held in Red Bud, in Buchanan, Michigan at the weekend.
Also racing at Red Bud, Kiwi hero Cody Cooper (Honda) managed 14-12 results, good for 13th overall on the day, and he remains ninth overall in the series standings.
It is interesting to note that this is the same track that will host this year’s Motocross of Nations in October.
French rider Musquin (KTM) overcame a crash in the first lap of the first 450 moto to charge from the back of the pack to second – finishing behind Germany’s Ken Roczen (Honda) – then followed it up with an exciting second moto win to earn the day’s overall and the leader’s red plate.
Musquin posted the third-fastest qualifying time of the day, and had the opportunity to take control of the 450 points lead and the coveted red plate. He lined up for the first 450 moto looking for a holeshot but got caught up in a first-turn pileup. He remounted in the back of the pack and charged through the traffic.
He pushed his way to 12th by the third lap then closed a ton of ground to make it up to fifth around the halfway mark. He blew past Benny Bloss for third with three laps to go then finished his impressive moto with one more pass for second.
He was fourth at the start of the second moto and immediately went to battle as he overtook the lead before the end of the first lap. He had a strong ride and held his ground as he was being challenged for position the remainder of the race.
Never letting up, he fully redeemed himself from his first-moto crash and put on an amazing ride to charge to his second consecutive overall victory and take over the series points lead.
The second moto win gave Musquin the overall win (2-1), edging out Roczen (1-3) in second overall. Barcia’s 4-2 scores were good enough to take the final step of the podium in third. Earlier series leader Eli Tomac (Kawasaki) earned the worst finish of his 450 class career in claiming only 15th overall (36-9).
“I can’t believe I came back to second place in the first moto,” said Musquin afterwards.
“It was a crazy race, so having a shot of winning the overall after that was great. I was looking forward to the second moto. I got a great start and was able to get into the lead. My goal was to stay consistent and mistake-free. I was able to stay on two wheels and keep Kenny and (Justin) Barcia behind me. It’s crazy to be leading the championship now. Anything can happen. It’s only another race, and there’s a lot to go. The fans were unbelievable here. I really enjoyed it. Having the second win in a row is amazing.”
In the 250cc class, 1-1 moto scores gave Yamaha’s Aaron Plessinger his third win of the season and the fifth victory of his career. Alex Martin (KTM) used consistency to secure second overall (4-3), which edged out French rider Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha) in third (3-4).
The next round is at Spring Creek, Millville, Minnesota on July 21.
Photo courtesy Rich Shepherd
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RESULTS AND STANDINGS:
450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
- Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (2-1)
- Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda (1-3)
- Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (4-2)
- Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (5-5)
- Phil Nicoletti, Cohocton, N.Y., Husqvarna (6-6)
- Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki (10-4)
- Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (7-7)
- Kyle Cunningham, Willow Park, Texas, Suzuki (11-8)
- Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki (8-11)
- Jake Nicholls, United Kingdom, Honda (9-13)
450 Class Championship Standings
- Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 304 Points
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 301 Points
- Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 264 Points
- Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda – 246 Points
- Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 232 Points
- Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki – 193 Points
- Benny Bloss, Oak Grove, Mo., KTM – 176 Points
- Phil Nicoletti, Cohocton, N.Y., Suzuki – 172 Points
- Cody Cooper, New Zealand, Honda – 101 Points
- Kyle Cunningham, Willow Park, Texas, Suzuki – 93 Points
250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
- Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (1-1)
- Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., KTM (4-3)
- Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (3-4)
- Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM (5-9)
- Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (8-7)
- Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (11-6)
- Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (35-2)
- Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, Calif., Husqvarna (9-11)
- RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda (2-40)
- Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Husqvarna (13-8)
250 Class Championship Standings
- Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 283 Points
- Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., KTM – 248 Points
- Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 201 Points
- Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM – 198 Points
- Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki – 191 Points
- Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 176 Points
- RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda – 176 Points
- Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 166 Points
- Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., KTM – 163 Points
- Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 149 Points