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Musquin Battles to His First Pro Motocross Overall Victory of the Season at Southwick

SOUTHWICK, Mass. – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin earned his first 450MX overall win of the season on Saturday for Round 6 of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship in Southwick, Massachusetts. With combined moto scores of 2-1, Musquin outlasted his competition late in the day despite the brutally rough and unpredictable track conditions at the Southwick National.

450MX

Musquin qualified fastest in the 450MX class, setting himself up for a positive start to the day’s racing. In Moto 1, he powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION to a third-place position start and inserted himself into the early lead battle before taking the reins on lap six. Musquin maintained the lead position until two laps to go, when Eli Tomac finally made the pass. On the final lap, Musquin put on a hard charge to reclaim the lead but he tucked the front end taking an outside line through the loose soil and went over the bars. He was able to quickly remount and maintain his second-place position in Moto 1.

In Moto 2, Musquin got off to a great start as he jumped into the lead on the opening lap. He got passed by Tomac on lap two but he continued to fight early on to keep himself close to the leader. After a couple of big mistakes by Tomac, Musquin was able to capitalize and put himself back into the lead just after the halfway point. From there, he kept a steady pace all the way to the checkers, earning his second-straight Moto 2 victory. 

Musquin: “It’s not always the fastest guy that wins the race and we saw it today. It was really demanding and tough out there, and physically it was rough and hot. In the first moto, I was leading a few laps and it was awesome but when you know Eli is behind you it’s not easy, but I kept pushing. He finally got me at the end and I was going to give a fight back but unfortunately, I went down. Second moto, I got a good start but it was hard for me to push super hard in the first few laps, my intensity wasn’t quite there and Eli was gone. But then, at the end of the day, he made mistakes and I was able to capitalize on that and stay consistent, stay on two wheels and ride to the finish.”

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC – WPS – KTM’s Blake Baggett finished fourth overall in the 450MX class with a consistent pair of 4-4 finishes. His teammate, Benny Bloss, finished just outside the top-five with a 6-6 moto score for sixth overall.

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Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Alex Martin finished second overall for the day, claiming 2-4 moto finishes. His teammate, Shane McElrath, rounded out the top-three overall with a pair of holeshots and 6-2 moto finishes, giving the factory KTM 250 team a solid ending to the tough day.

Next Race:RedBud National, Buchanan, Mich. – July 7, 2018  

 

450MX Results

1. Marvin Musquin, KTM, (2-1)

2. Eli Tomac, KAW, (1-2)

3. Justin Barcia, YAM, (3-3)

4. Blake Baggett, KTM, (4-4) 

OTHER KTM

6. Benny Bloss, KTM, (6-6)

12. Chris Canning, KTM, (11-15)

13. Joey Crown, KTM, (29-12)

 

250MX Results

1. Dylan Ferrandis, YAM, (4-1)

2.Alex Martin, KTM, (2-4)

3. Shane McElrath, KTM, (6-2)

OTHER KTM

13. Jordon Smith, KTM, (12-12)

16. Sean Cantrell, KTM, (11-15)

 

450MX Standings

1. Eli Tomac, 289 points

2. Marvin Musquin, 257

3. Justin Barcia, 224

4. Ken Roczen, 201

5. Blake Baggett, 200

OTHER KTM

7. Benny Bloss, 156

18. Cade Autenrieth, 46

 

250MX Standings

1. Aaron Plessinger, 233 points

2. Alex Martin, 210

3. Jeremy Martin, 176
OTHER KTM

5. Shane McElrath, 170 

8. Jordon Smith, 151

14. Sean Cantrell, 77