Winning big, that’s what Marvin Musquin is starting to become known for and this weekend, Musquin won big at the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship held in Buchanan, MI.
Not only did Musquin score his second win in a row overall, but he also won ownership of the coveted Red Plate since the win pushed him to the top of the 450 Class standings.
Musquin is a 28-year-old who currently lives in Clermont, FL and is from France. He rides for Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing replaced Eli Tomac, a 25-year-old Monster Energy Kawasaki rider from Cortez, CO, who was the leader in the standings heading into the event.
During the first 450 Class moto, Musquin grabbed second place, losing to moto winner Ken Roczen, a 24-year-old who currently lives in Clermont, FL that rides for Team Honda HRZ, by a slim 10.9 seconds. Roczen was able to win the moto after Tomac, who was leading, had bike problems and was scene pushing is riding off the track, allowing Roczen to take advantage of Tomac’s misfortunes to hold on for the eventual victory.
In the second moto, Musquin took control from the beginning and set crazy fast lap times that no one could keep up with, particularly Roczen who was trying to keep pace in order to try and compete for the overall victory. However, due to the fact that Musquin pushed hard early, he was able to keep things steady and on track, which gave no room for Roczen to make any headway. So when the race ended, it was Musquin whose hand was raised for the victory. The moto win pushed Musquin to the overall win on the day, with Roczen ended up in second. Finishing in third was Justin Barcia, a 26-year-old rider who rides for Autotrader.com/Monster Energy/JGRMX Suzuki who currently lives in Greenville, FL.
For Musquin, the win was an impressive sixth of his career in the 450 Class and it pushed him to the top of the championship overall point standings. Because of Tomac’s poor day, which saw him place 18th in the second moto, he ended up dropping to second place and his now three points behind Musquin in the points standings.
Winning the 250 Class on the day was 22-year-old Aaron Plessinger who rides for Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha. He left the competition in the dust, sweeping both motos to secure his third win of the year overall, which helped him notch his fifth win of his young career and he was able to put some distance between him and his competitors in the championship points standings. He is now up 35 points. Sitting in second place is Alex Martin, a 28-year-old who rides for Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM and is from Millville, MN.
This coming weekend, The 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motorcross Championship will be on hiatus and the 250 and 450 classes will hit the track again on Saturday, July 21st in Millville, MN. Hosting the event will be Spring Creek MX Park and the first moto will kick off at 2 pm EST or 11 am PT.