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Can anyone beat Marvin Musquin in France?

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Musquin Masterful at Paris SX Day One

Presented by Factory Effex

Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin was excited to race in Paris inside the new U Arena in front of his home-country fans, and the defending King of Lille proved to be the dominant factor in the night’s racing. Musquin piloted his Frankie Latham-tuned KTM 450 SX-F to wins in the Super Pole, SX1 heat 2, and the SX1 main event. Only a couple mistakes in the first heat of the evening saw him suffer his only defeat, at the hands of Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna’s Dean Wilson. “It was exciting for me to race here in Paris,” said Musquin. “Sure I have the pressure of my home country, but it was a lot of fun racing here in such a beautiful new stadium and taking home the win. It was a good night.”

Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna’s Zach Osborne was second in the main event in a rare 450 appearance, leading home his teammate Wilson, who overcame a bad start and survived a scary off-track excursion late in the main.

SX1 Sprint 1

Musquin raced off the line flawlessly in the first SX1 heat race of the evening and looked well in control of the race with Wilson and Honda HRC’s Cole Seely in tow. In the early stages, Musquin appeared to pull away easily, but Wilson caught fire after a few laps and reeled the leader in. The crown came to life when Wilson block-passed the Frenchman, but the favor was returned a few corners later and it looked like Musquin had the win in the bag. On the last lap, however, Musquin lost control on the dragon’s back section of the track and took a brief off-track excursion, allowing Wilson to sneak past and steal the win. Musquin rejoined the race just in time to salvage second ahead of Seely and a distant Osborne. “I was kind of just hanging out, watching those two go at it,” said Seely. “It was a little hectic up front.”

SX1 Sprint 1

  1. Dean Wilson (Hus)
  2. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
  3. Cole Seely (Hon)
  4. Zach Osborne (Hus)
  5. Cedric Soubeyras (Suz)
  6. Thomas Ramette (Suz)
  7. Cedric Coulon (Suz)
  8. Jordi Tixier (KTM)
  9. RJ Hampshire (Hon)
  10. Fabian Izoird (Hon)

SX1 Sprint 2

To no one’s surprise, Musquin again rocketed off the gate perfectly and led the pack through the first turn. This time, Seely gated right behind the KTM rider and began to apply pressure early in the race. There were a few close moments when it looked as if the Californian would overtake the King of Lille, but after a few laps Musquin became wise to his pursuer’s lines and began to inch away. Seely maintained firm control of second throughout the race and led Wilson and Osborne across the finish line. The top non-AMA racer was Cedric Soubeyras in fifth aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450.

SX1 Sprint 2

  1. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
  2. Cole Seely (Hon)
  3. Dean Wilson (Hus)
  4. Zach Osborne (Hus)
  5. Cedric Soubeyras (Suz)
  6. Fabien Izoird (Hon)
  7. Jordi Tixier (KT)
  8. Thomas Ramette (Suz)
  9. RJ Hampshire (Hon)
  10. Cyrille Coulon (Suz)

SX2 Final

The SX2 class final was one for the record books as it featured a ton of excitement from the get-go. American Tyler Bowers and Frenchman Thomas Do earned the wins in their respective heat races and looked to be the favorites entering the main. Bowers was absolutely mired at the start, but Do took control of the lead early on and led Suzuki-mounted Yannis Irsuti in the closing laps of the main event. Several mistakes by Do allowed Irsuti to close in as the race would down, and it appeared as if the leader was tiring as he took repeated glances over his shoulder at his fast-closing rival. A huge bobble in the whoops on the final lap by Do allowed Irsuti to close in near enough to make a last-ditch pass attempt in the penultimate corner that saw both riders crash in a pile of panic. Irsuti managed to remount his bike quickest and rolled over the finish line double the victor, over a very dejected Do. Arnaud Aubin came home a lonely third, just ahead of Bowers, who recovered to finish fourth.

SX2 Final

  1. Yannis Irsuti (Suz)
  2. Thomas Do (Hon)
  3. Arnaud Aubin (Suz)
  4. Tyler Bowers (Kaw)
  5. Iker Larranaga Olano (Hus)
  6. Dan Houzet (Hus)
  7. Nicholas Barcelo (Yam)
  8. Pierre Lozzi (Kaw)
  9. Mikael Lamarque (Hus)
  10. Nicolas Dercourt (Yam)

SX1 Final

Yet another holeshot for Musquin at the drop of the gate in the final race of the evening drew roars of approval from the Parisian crowd. Marvin’s launch technique off the steel grated starting pad is impeccable, and it looks like it will take a mistake by the number 25 for anyone else to lead the way through turn one. This time, it was Osborne who gave chase as the field began to spread out. Seely and American RJ Hampshire started the race at the end of the pack after crashing together in turn one. With a severely twisted front end, Seely tried to overjump a landing or two in hopes of knocking his front wheel straight, but it was to no avail. In spite of his bent front end, Seely mounted a heroic charge through the pack that would carry him all the way to fourth by the checkered flag.

Up front, Musquin had his hands full with Osborne for quite a few laps, but a mistake by the Husqvarna rider allowed the leader to slip away for yet another win. Osborne was largely uncontested for the runner-up spot, and Wilson made a mistake that sent him careening off the track and towards this photographer near the end of the race. Wilson was able to rejoin the track quickly without incident and held a solid third at the finish, well ahead of Seely.

SX1 Final

  1. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
  2. Zach Osborne (Hus)
  3. Dean Wilson (Hus)
  4. Cole Seely (Hon)
  5. Cedris Coubeyras (Suz)
  6. Fabien Izoird (Hon)
  7. Jordi Tixier (KTM)
  8. Thomas Ramette (Suz)
  9. Xavier Boog (Hon)
  10. Nicolas Aubin (Suz)

Superpole

  1. Marvin Musquin (44.274)
  2. Cole Seely (44.426)
  3. Dean Wilson (45.136)
  4. Zach Osborne (45.186)
  5. Cedric Soubeyras (45.462)