SAN DIEDO, California – Red Bull/KTM Factory rider Marvin Musquin suffered a hard crash in the AMA West Supercross Lites main event held at Qualcomm Stadium but recovered to return to action and salvage a 16th place finish at the sixth round of the series.
Musquin impressed the sizeable crowd in his heat race earlier in the day where he earned a great jump off the start and came around 2nd in the first corner. He maintained his position and finished 2nd in his heat to easily secure a top spot in the main event.
Once in the main event, he got pushed back off the start and came around in 7th place after the first corner. He quickly moved himself toward the top five on the first lap before suffering a huge crash in the back rhythm section. Musquin fell hard and took a moment to recover. Once back on his bike he had to return to the mechanics area to make some adjustments and then he returned to action one lap down. He quickly set to work to try and pick off any riders he could and by the end of the event he had worked his way up to 16th place.
“This is definitely a disappointing race because I lost a lot of points toward the championship. The good thing is I walked away uninjured and will not be set back at all from my crash. I plan to race a few east coast rounds on the KTM 350 SX-F and I am looking forward to those races and mixing it up with a new class of riders,” stated Musquin after the race.
Musquin has confirmed that he will race both the St. Louis and Daytona Supercross races in the premier class and possibly one other round as well. The series will then make a return to the west coast in April when the riders head to Seattle, WA on April 21, 2012.
Next Round: Airlington, TX – February 18, 2012
Results Supercross Lites West San Diego
1. Dean Wilson (USA), Kawasaki, 12:00.676 (15 laps)
2. Cole Seely (USA), Honda, +3.734 sec
3. Matt Moss (AUS), KTM, +17.095
4. Gareth Swanepoel (USA), Yamaha, +22.332
5. Nico Izzi (USA), Yamaha, +24.747
16. Marvin Musquin (F), KTM, 14 laps, +25.558
Supercross Lites West Standings after 6 of 8 rounds
1. Wilson, 116 points
2. Eli Tomac (USA), Honda, 114
3. Seely, 101
4. Musquin, 89
5. Izzi, 78
6. Moss, 73
27. Ryan Marmont (AUS), KTM, 10
Marvin Musquin (F)
The Frenman on his KTM 250 SX-F at San Diego Supercross