Webb and Musquin on Denver
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DENVER, Colo. – The penultimate round of the AMA Supercross Championship took place earlier today in Denver, Colorado, and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin raced to a third-place podium finish in the 450SX class. Overcoming challenging track conditions, Musquin minimized his mistakes and managed the race to successfully land his fifth podium appearance in the last six rounds.
Extreme winds came rushing through the area on Friday, canceling yesterday’s Free Practice sessions and the riders were forced to suit up and head straight to the starting gate this morning for two timed-qualifying sessions. Musquin and teammate Cooper Webb qualified fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 450SX class this morning, despite slick conditions. As the heat races kicked off in the early afternoon, track conditions dried up but the hard-packed soil remained slippery, making for a tedious day of racing.
Musquin got a top-five start in 450SX Heat 1 and he quickly ignited his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into third early on. He moved into second halfway through the race, putting on a strong charge in the final laps to finish just shy of the heat-race win.
In the Main Event, Musquin found himself buried off the start as he rounded the opening lap just inside the top-10. He charged up to fifth in the early part of the race, patiently hovering just outside the podium battle as riders began to make mistakes ahead of him. Capitalizing on a few opportunities, Musquin climbed into third and brought it home for his second-straight podium finish. With one round remaining, Musquin sits within striking distance of third overall in the series championship.
Marvin Musquin: “To be honest, today was not my best ride but I knew the conditions were really tough today and I made the best out of it. I didn’t get a good start, I was in a very bad position, but I knew it was going to be tough and things would happen. I’m definitely feeling really good on the bike at these last few rounds, so thank you to the team!”
It was a mediocre day for Webb, who battled around the top-five throughout the day. Carrying fifth-place qualifying and heat-race positions, the Defending 450SX Champion found himself with a less-than-ideal gate pick for the Main Event and he got off the line just inside the top-10. Latching onto his teammate Musquin early on, Webb charged through the field to put himself just outside the top-five battle late in the race but he wasn’t able to make anything stick, ultimately finishing sixth on the day.
Cooper Webb: “Denver was an average day for me. I had a decent start in the main and kind of got pushed wide on the opening lap. I got up to sixth and I kind of stayed there the whole race. I latched on with the guys ahead of me and some guys went down and I made some passes. Overall, it was kind of a struggle of a day. The track was very dry and sketchy, so not ideal conditions, but we’ll give everything we can for this last round.”