Marvin Musquin charges to Foxborough SX victory
Zach Osborne dominates 250SX class & retains lead
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Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin dominated the first 22 laps of the Main Event until Kawasaki Racing’s Eli Tomac made his move and found the lead before the white flag. Musquin returned on the last lap with a race-winning pass to take the overall victory.
“After Eli got past me, I knew I had to do something – it’s for the win. I led so many laps and I was bummed but I felt like I was riding really good so I knew I could charge. I was going into the main rut the whole Main Event and he cut really tight, I definitely didn’t expect it. Obviously, the outcome was pretty brutal and I’m sorry about what happened with the crash but it could have been bad for me too. It was for a 450 Main Event win, sometimes you have to try your hardest and I know I did that.”
Tomac had raced himself up into second position on the opening lap and stalked the leader for 19 laps, applying relentless pressure. With two laps to go, Tomac blitzed the whoops to make the pass for the lead, as the duo came to the white flag. On the final lap, Tomac was on the receiving end of an aggressive pass, causing him to go down and lose the lead. Tomac remounted and finished in second place.
“Today actually went really well, it is unfortunate that it had to end the way it did, but everything up until that point was great and I felt like I was really jelling with the bike today. There was a lot of positives to take away from today and we will move on to some outdoor testing this week and come into Salt Lake City refreshed.”
Jason Anderson pulled the holeshot in his heat and held his ground to take the win and transfer to the 450 Main Event. He was top-five at the start of the 450 Main and battled with a freight train of riders up front. He maintained his position in third and focused on staying consistent in order to get a good finish to maintain his lead in the 450 championship. He had a clean finish in third, and maintains his lead in the 450 championship as the series heads to its penultimate round next Saturday.
“It was a pretty consistent day, I had good qualifying sessions, then as the night went on I got a heat race win then a third place in the Main. I earned some more points. I’m just trying to move forward and I’m excited to get the Championship wrapped up.”
Dean Wilson was top-10 at the start of his 450 heat and came out of the first lap in eighth. He navigated his way into a seventh-place finish to earn a direct ticket to the 450 Main Event. He started in the top-10 in the 450 Main and had a good run in sixth. He stayed focused and made the pass for fifth in the eighth lap then stayed consistent to finish fifth. He is currently eighth in 450 rider point standings.
“This was a step in the right direction, the day went well. I qualified fifth. I was hit during the start of my heat race so that set me back and frustrated me. I managed to get seventh. I knew I had to get a start in the Main. I started ninth then came through the pack up the fifth. I would have been happy with a fourth, but fifth is still good. The sun was so bad, and the track was super rutty, but I made it through. I’m really happy with my riding, and I’ve got good speed. Today was good and I hope to carry it on to the next weekend.”
450SX Class Results
- Marvin Musquin, Clermont, Fla., KTM
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki
- Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna
- Blake Baggett, Grand Terrance, Calif., KTM
- Dean Wilson, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna
- Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki
- Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki
- Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., Honda
- Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha
- Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Husqvarna
450SX Class Championship Standings
- Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna (332)
- Marvin Musquin, Clermont, Fla., KTM (298)
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (269)
- Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., Honda (247)
- Blake Baggett, Grand Terrance, Calif., KTM (243)
- Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki (219)
- Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., KTM (184)
- Dean Wilson, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna (183)
- Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (181)
- Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki (150)
Eastern Regional 250SX
In the penultimate round of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship, Zach Osborne earned his seventh-career victory and first lead-from-the-start Main Event win of the season ahead of KTM’s Jordon Smith and Suzuki Factory Racing’s Kyle Peters, who earned his first podium since 2013 with a third-place finish.
Jeremy Martin battled from a dead-last start and hammered his way up to fourth place after the 17-Lap Main Event. Osborne holds a 15-point lead heading into the East-West Showdown at the season finale in Las Vegas.
“What a great day in Foxborough, I was able to win both my heat and the Main Event. I figured something out with my starts, and I pulled two holeshots. It was just a really good night. I’m happy and I’ll take a 15 point lead into the finals.”
Zach Osborne dominated his third Eastern Regional 250SX Class win in Foxborough by leading from the start.
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results
- Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna
- Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., KTM
- Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Suzuki
- Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda
- Sean Cantrell, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
- Joshua Osby, Valparaiso, Ind., KTM
- Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., Yamaha
- Anthony Rodriguez, Cairo, Ga., KTM
- Luke Renzland, Hewitt, N.J., Yamaha
- Thomas Ramette, Guilherand, France, Yamaha
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
- Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (180)
- Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., KTM (165)
- Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (157)
- Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (137)
- Luke Renzland, Hewitt, N.J., Yamaha (109)
- Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Suzuki (107)
- Sean Cantrell, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, (96)
- Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., Yamaha (89)
- Anthony Rodriguez, Cairo, Ga., KTM (72)
- John Short, Pilot Point, Texas, Yamaha (58)
The 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season continues in Salt Lake City with the penultimateRound 16 on April 28 at The University of Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium.