Jason Anderson wins at Houston

Jason Anderson is the new championship leader after the Houston win.

The weekend started with 2 important moments, both of them before the Last Chance Qualifying:

-> Eli Tomac decided to withdraw from the rest of the round due to big pains at the shoulder on which he felt last week in Anaheim;

-> Marvin Musquin crashed also on his left shoulder and he was put out from the rest of the night.

The Main Event started with Justin Barcia taking the holeshot, while his teammate Cooper Webb collided in the first turn with Jeremy Martin, both of them returning in the race.

Ken Roczen also had a good start and took the lead before the end of the first lap. However, a fired-up Jason Anderson came from behind and overtook the Honda rider for his first victory of the season.

Barcia wasn’t thanked only with 3rd place and got very close to Kenny, with whom he had a great battle until the finish line. However, Roczen finished 2nd, his first podium since his comeback while Barcia got his 2nd 3rd place in a row.

Cole Seely and Weston Peick completed the top 5, while Broc Tickle and Josh Grant finished 7th and 8th, the last 2 being the best positioned KTM and Kawasaki.

With a 2nd place and a victory in the first 2 rounds, Anderson leads with 49 points, 7 over Roczen and Barcia. Seely and Peick are also tied with 36 points.

The Supercross world championship will return next week for the 2nd and last time this year on Angel Stadium, in Anaheim.

 

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Marvin Musquin wins season opener at Anaheim

The inaugural round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross World Championship took place in front of a sell out Angel Stadium at Anaheim. The race day started with a huge surprise.

Coming back a year long absence, Ken Roczen set the fastest lap in the practice session. The two heat races were very disputed. In the end, Jason Anderson and Justin Barcia won the two races. On the other hand, Dean Wilson had to retire from the whole event after a heavy crash and a shoulder injury.

The Main Event started pretty well for Eli Tomac. Firstly, he took the holeshot and then he managed to open up a confortable gap ahead of Justin Barcia and the others.

Unfortunately, his fairy tale season start was to be soon forgotten. In  a dramatic scenario, Eli Tomac lost the control of the bike and fell hard and injured his shoulder. As a consequence, he had to abandon the race.

Following Tomac’s misfortune, Justin Barcia was unexpectedly leading the Main Event. Sadly for him, his joy was short lived as he was passed by both Marvin Musquin and Jason Anderson.

After Musquin and Anderson made their move on Barcia, the race tempo slowed down. In the end, Musquin made his famous win move as he crossed the finish line first. Jason Anderson did well in the season and finished second, while Justin Barcia completed an unexpected podium for the Yamaha factory team.

Comeback kid, Ken Roczen, had an uneventful night and finished fourth ahead of the likes of Weiston Peick, Cole Seely, Jeremy Martin, Blake Baggett or Broc Tickle.

On the other hand, Chad Reed’s night was awful. With his new CR22 private team, he managed to finish only 15th. The 2004 and 2008 champion declared before the race that this was first serious outing with his new Husqvarna bike.

Given the fact that this was the first round of the season, the championship standings is the same as the Anaheim standings. Therefore, Marvin Musquin leads the championship with 26 points and is followed by Jason Anderson, 23 points, and Justin Barcia, with 20.

The next round will take place next Saturday at Houston.

 

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Another year, another champion

For the American motorsport lovers, the new calendaristic year starts with the Supercross World Championship.

WHAT HAPPENED IN 2017?

As we remember, Kenny Roczen was starting the season with 2 categorical wins in Anaheim and San Diego, but the return to Angel Stadium brought him a heavy crash which ended his 2017 and threatened his career.

Ryan Dungey profited by this thing and won the third round after 2 2nd places. It seemed that his road to the title will be easy. It wasn’t like: Eli Tomac won 9 races, but the lack of consistency brought him the runner-up spot at the end.

Both Tomac and Marvin Musquin won their first races in Supercross, the last one being the fourth frenchmen to do so. 4 was also the number of winners last year: Jason Anderson gained his only victory in the Las Vegas finale, while Dungey claimed 4th place, enough to become a 4-time Supercross World Champion.

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2018?

Speaking of Ryan, the “Minnesota Arrow” announced in May 2017 that he’ll end his racing career shortly after winning his 3rd crown in a row for KTM. Broc Tickle will be, at least for now, Musquin’s lieutenant.

Another rider to follow from the austrian manufacturer is Blake Baggett, the last year’s big surprise in AMA, who will stay with Rocky Mountain team, but with official support.

The main contender is however: Eli Tomac, the last year’s runner-up and 450 MX Champion. Eli has renewed his contract with Kawasaki and his teammate will be the same: Josh Grant.

Everybody’s asking: “How will Roczen do?”. The HRC rider will return to action on the track where he won at the first visit and ended his entire year 2 weeks later. He suffered 11 surgeries at the brutal-injured arm, but just as brutal he trained to get back to his well-known pace. Cole Seely will complete the Honda Factory duo.

Another man to follow from Honda is Jeremy Martin, who will ride only for the first few rounds at the 450 category, after it was initially announced that he’ll make a full season with GEICO Honda. In his only race from 2017, Jeremy gained a fantastic 2nd place in Daytona, Tomac been the only one who beat him.

The only former Supercross World Champion on the grid is Chad Reed. After ending his contract with Yamaha, he’ll start the new season as the only rider for his own team: CR22, riding a private Husqvarna. His seat at the japanese team will be taken by Justin Barcia and he’ll be Cooper Webb’s partner, another rider to watch.

Speaking of Husqvarna, Dean Wilson will make a full season with the factory team, after impressive results. He’ll make a duo to follow with Jason Anderson.

After RCH closed the gates last year, Autotrader Yoshimura will be the new Suzuki factory-backed team. Weston Pecik and Justin Bogle will be their riders. However, Justin will miss the first rounds due to an injury.

Beside the riders, there will also be some changes in the calendar: Detroit, Toronto and East Rutherford will take a break and they’ll be replaced by Houston, Tampa and Foxborough. The Atlanta round will be held in the Mercedes-Benz Arena, after the demolition of the Dome.

The full schedule is below:

January 6: Angel Stadium, Anaheim
January 13: NRG Stadium, Houston
January 20: Angel Stadium, Anaheim
January 27: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
February 3: Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Oakland, Calif.
February 10: Petco Park, San Diego
February 17: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
February 24: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
March 3: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
March 10: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach
March 17: The Dome at America’s Center, St. Louis
March 24: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
April 7: CenturyLink Field, Seattle
April 14: US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
April 21: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
April 28: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City
May 5: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas.

Is it gonna be Tomac’s moment? Will Musquin come with a reply? What can we expect from Roczen or Reed? We might get some answers in less than 2 days.

 

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Marvin Musquin wins Supercross de Paris

In front of more than 20000 people, Marvin Musquin won the Supercross de Paris. After a tight battle, the frenchman defeated both Cole Seely and Dean Wilson to retain the King of Paris crown for another year.

Aged 27, Musquin won this year the Monster Energy Cup, Red Bull Straight Rhythm and now the Supercross de Paris. The KTM rider also finished third in the overall standings of the Supercross world championship and runner up in the US national championships in the 450 category.

Marvin Musquin will take a well deserved break until the first weekend of January, when the Supercross world championship will start at Anaheim.

 

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Marvin Musquin wins the Red Bull Straight Rhythm

The fourth edition of the Red Bull Straight Rhythm took place last night at Fairplex Pomona. This year, the Straight Rhythm had three classes: Open Class, Lites and Two Strokes.

OPEN CLASS

Recent Monster Energy Cup winner, Marvin Musquin was the main favorite to win the Open Class event. Also, he was the defending champion. Last year, the frenchman had a tough battle with his now former team mate at Red Bull KTM, Ryan Dungey.

Musquin progressed quite easily to the final, where he faced an underdog, Josh Hansen, who won against Musquin’s team mate, Broc Tickle. The final went unidirectional and Musquin retained his Straight Rhythm after winning the first two races against Hansen.

In the third place final, Broc Tickle revenged after his semifinal elimination and won fairly easy against Kyle Chisholm.

LITES

The Lites class had a certain favorite, Ryan Sipes. Giving his form in the Practice session, Sipes was credited with the #1 seed. Unfortunately, he lost in the semis against Sean Cantrell.

Cantrell, a rookie at this event progressed to the final, where he faced Shane McElrath. After a hard fought battle, McElrath prevailed after winning the decisive race.

In the third place final, Shane McElrath won 2-0 against a fatigued Ryan Sipes.

TWO STROKES

Probably the most anticipated race of the day was the Two Strokes. Two former Supercross champions, Ryan Villopoto and Chad Reed announced their participation. Unfortunately, Chad Reed injured before the Practice session and he was immediately replaced by Tevin Tapia.

Villopoto progressed through the semifinals, but, after two bad races, he was eliminated by the eventual winner, Gared Steinke. In the other semifinal, Ronnie Mac produced another surprise and took out the other main favorite, Ryan Sipes.

Villopoto and Sipes battled for the third place. RV won the first race, but he outraced by Sipes in the next two. In the big final, Gared Steinke won fairly easy against Ronnie Mac.

 

Photo – Simon Cudby/KTM Media Factory

AMA Motocross: Jeffrey Herlings to race at Ironman

Jeffrey Herlings will make his AMA debut this weekend at Ironman. The Dutch rider will ride for KTM as they are trying to help Marvin Musquin winning bid for the national championship in the 450cc.

Aged 22, Herlings, made his professional debut in 2010, in MX2. In 2011, he was involved in one of the greatest battles for the MX2 world championship with Ken Roczen. Afterwards, The Bullet won three world championships in MX2 (2012, 2013, 2016).

At the beginning of this season he moved to MXGP. He started his season badly, struggling with an injury, but managed to rose up to second in the championship. So far, he scored 530 points, 101 less than the championship leader, Tony Cairoli.

The Ironman round will be held on August 26 and will decide who will win the AMA Pro Motocross national championship in the 450cc. Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin and Blake Baggett have a mathematical chance to win the championship.

 

photo – Ray Archer/KTM Media Library

Marvin Musquin to miss MXoN

 

Marvin Musquin will miss the MXoN which is to be held in October at Matterley Basin in United Kingdom. The french rider made a press statement this morning. In a brief press release, he made the following comments:

This weekend will be announced the French team for the Motocross of Nations,” Musquin wrote on social media. “I won’t be part of the team, because I will have to take care of my knee in September once the season over. It’s a disappointment for me but after talking with my doctor and my team I have to do what’s best for my next season. I will be cheering on Team France to be on top of the podium again.

The three french riders who will ride at the MXoN will be announced tomorrow at Lommel. The main favorites to fill the three spots are Gautier Paulin, Romain Febvre, Dylan Ferrandis and Benoit Paturel.

Belgium and Italy will also announce their MXoN teams this weekend at Lommel.

 

photo: Simon Cudby/KTM Media Library

Marvin Musquin goes 1-1 at Spring Creek

Marvin Musquin won both races at Spring Creek.

RACE 1

After a perfect start, Marvin Musquin opened up a gap and he disappeared in front. Eli Tomac kept his cool and had to settle for a distant second. Dean Wilson and Cooper Webb fought for the last podium place, with Wilson finishing third and Webb fourth.

Justin Barcia showed great potential throughout the practice and he converted his excellent form into a fifth place, just one place above the championship sensation, Blake Baggett, who lost once again points on Tomac. Christian Craig, Cole Seely, Henry Miller and Matthew Bisceglia completed the top ten. For Bisceglia this was the first race for RCH Suzuki after he filled up for Broc Tickle who ended his season after a big shunt two weeks ago.

RACE 2

Once again, Marvin Musquin stepped up the game and went on to make the double. The only central point of the race was Eli Tomac who had to make a bit of a comeback after a miserable first part of the race. In the end, he managed to reduce the deficit as he finished fifth in Race 2 and third overall.

The battle for the podium wasn’t quite as impressive as it was in Race 1. Blake Baggett nearly made it to top three overall as he manage to finish second in Race 2, while Dean Wilson saved the day once again for Husqvarna, with a third in Race 2 and second overall.

The overall win was taken by Marvin Musquin. The frenchman was followed at Spring Creek by Dean Wilson and Eli Tomac. In the championship standings, Eli Tomac extended his gap in front of Blake Baggett and Marvin Musquin.

The next round of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship will take place next Saturday on Washougal.

 

photo – Simon Cudby/ KTM Media Library

AMA Motocross: Marvin Musquin se impune în prima manșă de la Glen Helen

Marvin Musquin a câștigat prima manșă a etapei de la Glen Helen din cadrul campionatului național de motocross al Statelor Unite.

Etapa a doua a început tot sub zodia dominației lui Eli Tomac. Deținătorul plăcuței roșii dedicate liderului clasamentului general a dominat sesiunea de calificări de la Glen Helen și a obținut o victorie categorică.

Startul primei manșe a zilei a venit cu o surpriză uriașă. Eli Tomac a ratat complet startul, iar holeshot-ul a fost amanetat de Marvin Musquin. Francezul de la KTM și-a continuat dominația și după debutul cursei și a evadat nestingherit către prima sa victorie de manșă din USA.

Liderul clasamentului general, Eli Tomac, și-a croșetat drumul către poziția secundă și a redus considerabil din daunele provocate de startul dificil. În spatele său, Josh Grant a completat podiumul, Christian Craig a încheiat pe patru și a adus Hondei o clasare excelentă și puțin neașteptată. Jason Anderson a completat topul primilor cinci clasați cu a sa Husqvarna.

După trei manșe din totalul de 24, Eli Tomac continuă să conducă cu un total de 72 de puncte, cu trei mai multe decât Marvin Musquin și cu 12 mai multe decât coechipierul său de la Kawasaki, Josh Grant.

Etapa de la Glen Helen va continua ceva mai târziu cu manșa secundă a clasei 450 cmc.

 

credit foto: Simon Cudby/ KTM Media Library

AMA Motocross: Eli Tomac își demolează concurența la Hangtown

Eli Tomac s-a impus în ambele manșe ale rundei inaugurale a campionatului național de motocross a Statelor Unite ale Americii.

Cu Ryan Dungey scos din peisaj și cu Chad Reed și Ken Roczen absenți din varii motive, Eli Tomac pornea la debutul sezonului de outdoor ca principal favorit la titlul național din Statele Unite.

MANȘA 1

După ce și-a demolat competiția în cursa de calificare, Eli Tomac a repetat scenariul și în prima manșă de la Hangtown. În primă instanță, Christian Craig a furat holeshot-ul, dar Eli Tomac și Marvin Musquin au trecut repede la conducerea întrecerii.

După manevra reușită făcută asupra lui Musquin, Tomac a evadat nestingherit către victorie. Un singur moment dificil a mai existat, atunci când, cu trei minute rămase înainte de final, a avut o căzătură ușoară. Cu toate acestea, fotoliul său de lider a rămas intact, iar victoria i-a revenit fără prea mari emoții.

Marvin Musquin și Josh Grant au completat podiumul primei manșe, în timp ce Cole Seely și Cooper Webb au sosit pe patru și cinci. Singurul nume major care nu a încheiat prima manșă a fost Jason Anderson. Pilotul Husqvarna a suferit un accident cel puțin bizar, dar a revenit fără probleme în manșa secundă.

MANȘA 2

Spectacolul a fost total în manșa a doua de la Hangtown. După ce a ratat complet startul, Eli Tomac a trebuit să-și croșeteze drumul către poziția fruntașă. Americanul de la Kawasaki a avut un duel palpitan cu Dean Wilson, dar în cele din urmă a trecut de pilotul Husqvarna.

Apoi, rând pe rând, Webb, Musquin și Grant au fost victimele sale. În ultimele minute ale întrecerii secunde a zilei, Tomac a evadat nestingherit și și-a creat un avantaj confortabil, adăugându-și în cele din urmă victoria atât în cursa a doua, cât și în grand prix.

Marvin Musquin și Josh Grant au completat un podium la indigo cu cel din prima manșă, în timp ce Dean Wilson și Justin Barcia au sosit pe locurile patru, respectiv cinci. Jason Anderson a revenit cu brio după accidentul nefericit suferit în prima manșă și a încheiat pe locul al șaselea. Topul primilor zece a fost completat de Broc Tickle, Blake Baggett, Cooper Webb și Justin Bogle.

În clasamentul etapei, Eli Tomac s-a impus cu maximul de puncte, 50. El a fost urmat de Marvin Musquin și Josh Grant, cu 44 de puncte, respectiv 40. Clasamentul general al campionatului național de motocross al Statelor Unite este identic cu clasamentul etapei de la Hangtown.

Următoarea etapă din campionatul național de motocross al Statelor Unite ale Americii va avea loc sâmbătă, 27 mai, la Glen Helen.

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