OAKLAND, California – Red Bull/KTM’s Marvin Musquin matched his best finish of the season at the fourth round of the AMA West Supercross Lites Series held at the Oakland Coliseum where he finished 2nd overall.
Musquin turned heads throughout the day after putting down quick times during the timed qualifying sessions. In the final practice he turned the fastest time of the SX Lites practices which also held as the third fastest practice time of the day when you combined his time with that of the SX class.
His fast lap earned him the top gate pick heading to his heat. Unfortunately he suffered a bad start in his heat and came around the first corner in 8th position. He put on a hard charge and was able to pass four riders to secure a 4th place finish and a decent gate pick for the main event.
When the gate dropped for the main event, Musquin got a late jump and came around the first corner mid-pack. By the end of the first lap he was sitting in 8th position. He made the pass for 7th a few laps later and climbed into 6th place at the halfway point. He really turned up the speed after the ninth lap where he was able to move into 5th when Jason Anderson made a mistake. He continued to move forward at an impressive rate and began to catch the top three riders. With only four laps to go he passed into 3rd and then went one step further and began to pressure Zach Osborne for 2nd. He made the pass with three laps left in the race to secure 2nd for the evening.
Musquin’s 2nd place result moved him up three positions in the overall point standings. Four rounds into the race he now sits 4th in the overall standings just three points off of the third place position.
“I am so excited with my result tonight. When my mechanic said I was 10th on the pit board the first lap, I was worried I would not be able to make the passes I needed. But I rode as hard as I could and made some smart passes and worked my way up. This helps me a lot in the point standings and I am looking forward to more success next week,” stated Musquin.
Next Round: Anaheim, CA – February 4, 2012
Results Supercross Lites West Oakland
1. Eli Tomac (USA), Honda, 13:51.515 min (15 laps)
2. Marvin Musquin (F), KTM, +12.299 sec
3. Zach Osborne (USA), Yamaha, +14.052
4. Ryan Sipes (USA), Yamaha, +16.133
5. Matt Moss (AUS), KTM, +20.478
19. Ryan Marmont (USA), KTM, 14 laps
Supercross Lites West Standings after 4 of 8 rounds
1. Tomac, 88 points
2. Dean Wilson (USA), Kawasaki, 73
3. Osborne, 67
4. Musquin, 64
5. Tyla Rattray (USA), Kawasaki, 60
11. Moss, 39
23. Marmont, 6
Marvin Musquin (F) on the KTM 250 SX-F
Musquin celebrating with his parents
2nd podium for Musquin after four races