RED BULL/KTM 250 MOTOCROSS RACE REPORT – WASHOUGAL MX PARK
WASHOUGAL, Washington – The Red Bull/KTM team of Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen had a great weekend at the Washougal MX Park as both riders secured top five finishes at the eighth round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series in the 250 Motocross class.
Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen both turned fast times in the morning practice sessions. Musquin was able to pull the fastest time and earn the Oakley Rocket award while Roczen qualified third fastest. Each rider’s fast time helped earn him a good gate pick for the first moto.
Musquin launched his KTM 250 SX-F off to a stellar start at the beginning of moto one to take the holeshot and the early lead. His teammate was not far behind in 4th place. The top five riders stuck together like glue for the first half of the race with Musquin leading the pack. The fans cheered for the entire moto as the riders put on quite a show for the Washington race fans.
Musquin ran the most impressive race of his season in the opening moto as he led the first eleven laps of the race. Musquin eventually relinquished two positions and dropped to 3rd but did not lose sight of the lead riders. Musquin went on to finish in 3rd place for moto one while Roczen placed 4th.
“I am very happy with my first moto,” remarked Musquin. “Of course, I would have liked to win, but each week I am making progress and I am very happy to have led as many laps as I did.”
In the second moto, Musquin got off to another decent start and was sitting in 3rd place for the majority of the moto. Around the halfway point he fell to 4th place but would remain consistent with his lap times to finish in that position. His 3-4 moto finishes earned him 4th overall for the day. Roczen did not have as great of a start in the second moto and rounded the first corner in 11th place. He made quite a few passes on the very slick and twisty track to move up to 7th place by the end of the moto. His 4-7 moto scores earned him 5th overall for the day.
Roczen now sits in 4th position in the overall point standing with Musquin right behind him in 5th. The riders will now take a two week break before heading to the ninth round of the series to be held in Southwick, MA on August 11, 2012.
Results 250 Motocross Class Washouga
1. Justin Barcia (USA), Honda – 1-2
2. Eli Tomac (USA), Honda – 2-3
3. Blake Baggett (USA), Kawasaki – 6-1
4. Marvin Musquin (F), KTM – 3-4
5. Ken Roczen (D), KTM – 4-7
11. Malcolm Stewart (USA), KTM – 11-11
17. Tevin Tapia (USA), KTM – 17-17
Standings 250 Motocross Class after 16 of 24 races
1. Baggett, 355 points
2. Barcia, 344
3. Tomac, 323
4. Roczen, 305
5. Musquin, 256