Ryan Dungey’s retirement raised questions heading into the 2018 AMA Supercross season. Who would fill the void left by the four-time collection champ? Dungey’s former Pink Bull KTM teammate, Marvin Musquin, made a bid for that high spot with a giant win at spherical 1 final weekend at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.
Musquin is aware of he has massive boots to fill, however he relishes the stress. “Yeah, for certain, it’s totally different,” the 28-year-old Frenchman admitted. “Ryan was our chief and never simply at KTM, for the entire subject. It was a dream and a objective for me to be in that place and right here I’m. I’ve labored actually exhausting to fill that spot, and I wish to do actually good now.”
Up to now, so good. At Anaheim, Musquin impressed not with blinding pace and complete domination on monitor however in his capacity to stay calm regardless of struggling earlier within the day. He ran a calculated race and got here out on high of what he termed “actually robust competitors” when it mattered most: within the 20-minutes-plus-one-lap important occasion.
Musquin’s third profession supercross victory was considerably overshadowed by Eli Tomac’s mid-race mistake whereas main and Ken Roczen’s fourth-place end after being sidelined for 11 months with what many surmised was a career-ending harm. Whereas Tomac and Roczen have a mixed 24 wins, Musquin scored his debut victory final season in Arlington, Texas.
“It’s not straightforward to place your self in that place, realizing that, ‘Yeah, I can win,’” he stated. “All of these guys are working so exhausting. Final yr I used to be anticipating to get on the rostrum, and that’s what I did. However to win, it could have been actually exhausting to do. This yr is a unique story; I really feel like I can win.”
Some say success breeds success. Along with his two supercross wins, Musquin additionally took house the “Monster Million” on the Monster Vitality Cup in Las Vegas, becoming a member of Ryan Villopoto as the one two riders to take action. Musquin additionally swept the low season with first-place finishes on the Pink Bull Straight Rhythm and Paris and Geneva Supercross races.
Musquin stated making the additional effort was price it. “I feel it’s actually good for me, particularly going again to France,” he stated. “That’s the one time I get to see the French followers, and I take pleasure in that. On the similar time, it’s racing. We’ve got a brand new bike this yr and it was nice to check it in race situations.”
Profitable the AMA Supercross title is Musquin’s final objective, and there are 16 extra rounds to go. Musquin says he’s in it for the lengthy haul. “It’s vital to do good [at A1], however you don’t win the championship now; it’s simply the primary spherical,” he stated. “Now we transfer ahead. It’s going to be a protracted championship.”