Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin earned his first 450MX overall win of the season this past weekend at round six of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at the Southwick National in Southwick, Massachusetts. Musquin’s 2-1 moto scores enabled him to take the overall victory in the notoriously sandy and rough track conditions.
“It’s not always the fastest guy that wins the race and we saw it today,” Musquin said. “It was really demanding and tough out there, and physically it was rough and hot. In the first moto, I was leading a few laps and it was awesome but when you know Eli is behind you it’s not easy, but I kept pushing. He finally got me at the end and I was going to give a fight back but unfortunately, I went down. [In the] second moto, I got a good start but it was hard for me to push super hard in the first few laps, my intensity wasn’t quite there and Eli was gone. But then, at the end of the day, he made mistakes and I was able to capitalize on that and stay consistent, stay on two wheels and ride to the finish.”
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac began his day by qualifying with the second fastest lap time and after winning moto 1, crashed twice in moto 2, but still came back to finish second in that race and take second overall.
"We have to be happy going 1-2 at Southwick, but I know I let this one get away," Tomac said. "I didn't get the start I needed in either moto but I was able to battle and put myself back in contention. Moto 1 was a real battle until the end and I was happy to be able to make the pass on the final two laps to take the win. In moto 2, I made a couple of mistakes that put me on the ground but leaving here with a second overall, and healthy after two crashes is pretty good. We're heading to Red Bud keeping the red plate and we'll keep things rolling."
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia led laps in moto 1, but eventually fell back to third and repeated that third-place performance in moto 2 to give him third overall on the day.
“It was great to be on the podium again,” Barcia said. “The track was difficult; it wasn’t how I expected it to be. I always hope it’s going to be kind of whooped-out and really sandy, but it was actually pretty high-speed, choppy and slick under the sand. I kind of struggled all day and wasn’t able to push to the next limit to catch the first- and second-place guys. It was a bit frustrating for me because I felt like I should have been closer to the front but I just didn’t have that edge at Southwick this year. It was definitely the hardest race of the year—it was really hot and then that high speed chop for 35 minutes is definitely challenging, but all in all, for a bad day to be on the podium is definitely a positive.”
2018 450 Class Championship Point Standings