DAYTONA, Florida – In a race where only the tough survived, Red Bull/KTM rider Marvin Musquin put in one of his most impressive performances to date after earning a 4th place finish in the Supercross class aboard his KTM 350 SX-F at the Daytona Supercross.
Musquin finished 9th last weekend at the St. Louis Supercross in only his first Supercross class race on the KTM 350 SX-F. Just one week later, Musquin powered his KTM to the front of the pack early and took a 4th place result in front of the Florida race fans.
Heavy rainfall throughout the day had flooded the course causing mechanical issues and multiple crashes for many riders. Musquin proved he had the technical skill and physical strength to handle the extreme conditions in order to keep out of trouble.
Musquin was placed in the second heat race where he earned a great start and went on to finish 3rd overall. His heat finish earned him a great gate pick as the riders began to line the gate for the main event.
His gate pick paid off and Musquin pulled another decent start in the main event. The worsening track conditions caused the AMA officials to reduce the amount of laps in the main event from 20 to 16 laps. Musquin came around the first lap in 4th place. At the midway point he began to close in on the 3rd place ride of Kevin Windham. Unfortunately, Musquin had a small spill causing him to lose the time he had gained on Windham. Musquin recovered without losing a position and held on to 4th place through the checkers.
“I had so much fun in this race,” stated Musquin. “The conditions were tough but it was so fun. I am really disappointed my teammate, Ryan Dungey, couldn’t be here and I tried to do well for him tonight. It would have been nice to be on the podium but I am really happy to get this close. I want to thank my team and my mechanic for helping to prepare my bike for a race this challenging.”
Musquin’s teammate, Ryan Dungey, remains 2nd in the series point standings despite not racing the Daytona Supercross. Dungey is currently at home healing up from a surgery to plate his collarbone. He plans to return to racing when he is 100% which is estimated to be within the next 4-6 weeks.
Next Round: Indianapolis, IN – March 17, 2012
Results Supercross Daytona
1. James Stewart (USA), Yamaha, 24:46.540 min (16 laps)
2. David Millsaps (USA), Yamaha, +7.573 sec
3. Kevin Windham (USA), Honda, +19.499
4. Marvin Musquin (F), KTM, +35.855
5. Ryan Villopoto (USA), Kawasaki, +44.230
Supercorss Standings after 10 of 17 rounds
1. Villopoto, 221 points
2. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM, 192
3. Stewart, 177
4. Windham, 143
5. Jake Weimer (USA), Kawasaki, 134
18. Musquin, 30
Marvin Musquin (F)
Musquin with best career Supercross class finish on the KTM 350 SX-F
Musquin on track walk