MUSQUIN TAKES VICTORY AT IRONMAN MOTOCROSS NATIONAL
CRAWFORDSVILLE, Indiana – Red Bull KTM Factory rider Marvin Musquin earned the overall win at the Ironman Motocross National, the eleventh round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 250MX Championship Series.
Despite getting stuck in a large mud hole in the morning practice session, Marvin Musquin held a positive attitude and was looking forward to the first mud race of the season. “The mud definitely makes the course challenging but it is very exciting too,” stated Musquin before the first moto.
From a 15th place gate pick the first moto, Musquin pulled a decent start and was 4th around the first corner. He moved into 3rd a lap later when the rider in that position crashed. Once in podium position he maintained his pace and was able to finish the race in that spot.
“It was really slick the first moto and the lappers definitely made it challenging,” stated Musquin. “I am happy to finish with a podium result and hope the rain holds off for the second moto.”
On his KTM 250 SX-F Musquin got his wish and the moto was slightly less wet the second moto where he earned another top five start. He gained a position early on when a rider in front of him went down and then he made a pass on Christophe Pourcel to move into 3rd place. Soon Musquin, Pourcel and the 2nd place Rockstar KTM ride of Joey Savatgy began to pressure Jessy Nelson for the lead. They each eventually moved around Nelson maintaining a tight battle for the overall win. It was not until two laps remained that Musquin was able to make a pass on Savatgy to take the lead. Pourcel did not back down and challenged Musquin the entire last lap. The two French riders were within a bike length of each other when Musquin crossed the finish line to take the win.
Musquin’s 3-1 finishes earned him the overall for the day and a place in the record books as the first 250MX rider to win at the first-ever Ironman Motocross National.
Next Round: August 23, 2014 – Tooele, UT
Results 250MX Class Crawfordsville
1. Marvin Musquin (FRA), KTM (3-1)
2. Joey Savatgy (USA), KTM (4-3)
3. Jessy Nelson (USA), Honda (1-8)
4. Christophe Pourcel (FRA), Yamaha (9-2)
5. Cooper Webb (USA), Yamaha (6-5)
9. Jason Anderson (USA), KTM (5-10)
Standings 250MX Class after 11 of 12 rounds
1. Jeremy Martin (USA), Yamaha, 450 points
2. Blake Baggett (USA), Kawasaki, 381
3. Webb, 379
4. Musquin, 374
5. Pourcel, 355
7. Anderson, 270
12. Savatgy, 194