11:30pm – Friday November 30, Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland: Justin Brayton on his Joe Gibbs Racing Yamaha has won the opening night of the Supercross de Geneve. Marvin Musquin on the RedBull KTM finishes second …
It’s the 27th edition of the Geneva Supercross. If you’ve never been here, it’s really quite an experience. The event is held at the PalExpo – a large exhibition center right across from the Geneva airport. Outside, you can look to the distance and see the snow covered Alps.
The atmosphere of the event started the day before at ‘headquarters’ for many of the industry, riders, media and more – the Movenpick hotel.
Special thanks for all the arrangements for us here, courtesy of Eric Peronnard. Eric is well known in motorcycling worldwide – in the USA for the original US Open of Supercross, Mini Moto SX, EnduroCross, and more. In Europe, he’s associated with the Paris Bercy Supercross, and more. For this event, like the others, he helps get American riders to the show. In 2013, he’ll continue to help with European Supercrosses, along with Endurocross in the USA, and will be Sports Organizer for the four global X Games that will have Endurocross.
The promoter of this event in Geneva is Mr. Christian Kupferschmid.
One thing unique about this event – women are racing. Today we have defending Geneva Supercross Women’s Champion Vicki Golden, former World Motocross Champion Livia Lancelot, and more.
The top riders in the men’s class include Marvin Musquin, Gautier Paulin, last year’s winner Justin Brayton, … and racing in his 20th Geneva Supercross – Mike Brown.
The track here is longer and bigger than most in Europe for supercross.
You’ll see in these photos: Justin Brayton’s number 10 Yamaha, Mike Brown number 3, the posters of the event that adorn Geneva, Jackie Ives and friend working on her bike, oh wait … more Jackie Ives! Justine Charroux 52, the number 114 of Livia Lancelot (and Livia smiling in the background), Livia and her dog “Heaven”, two shots of Marvin Musquin’s number 25 KTM (and you’ll see Marvin if you look closely!), number 66 is Meghan Rutledge from Australia, M & M (Marvin and Mathilde Musquin), flags outside the Palexpo (twice), Palexpo logo, the number 21 Kawasaki of Gautier Paulin, the track before anyone rode on it early in the morning, defending Women’s Champ on the number 1 – Vicki Golden, Justin Brayton after one of the practice sessions, 25 Marvin Musquin and friends practicing starts, Gautier Paulin 21 practicing a start, Vicki, Meghan, and Livia (three reasons why you should be here), promoter Christian Kupferschmid, Justin Brayton practicing starts, Justin winning the Main Event, Livia Lancelot 114, Marvin Musquin 25, Meghan Rutledge 66, the girls Podium, and the SX1 mens podium.
Even before the night-time program starts, their is a great vibe, it’s already a ‘show’. Music is pumping. Fans are jumping.
The first race of the night – SX Girls: Aussie Meghan Rutledge holds off Vicki Golden to win race 1. Livia Lancelot had a couple of falls.
Outside of the Palexpo
Marvin Musquin is Ready to Race!
SX2 race 1 is next. K. Auberson number 902 on a KTM wins.
Now it’s time for the premiere SX1 race – Semi 1: Cedric Soubeyras holeshots, followed by Gautier Paulin and Marvin Musquin. Mike Brown slows with problems. Musquin is really accelerating hard out of the corners, and has caught Soubeyras quickly. Marvin makes the pass in a tight right hand corner to take the lead. Musquin goes on to win this Semi. Soubeyras second.
SX1 Semi 2: Greg Aranda with the holeshot. Justin Brayton is fourth. Brayton quickly moves to second. On the fourth lap Brayton goes by and into the lead on a long whoop section. Brayton wins, Aranda second. 12 laps.
Now is Freegun Juniors race 1. It’s 125 two-strokes. Yannis Irsuti is the early leader, and he makes it look easy as he wins handily.
SX Girls race 2: Meghan Rutledge is the early leader, chased by Golden and Lancelot. Golden falls. And she is not getting up. Vicki finally gets up, is back on the bike, but heads to the pits. Lancelot closes on Rutledge (who races against the men in Australia) .. but Rutledge holds off Livia to win the race and tonight’s overall SX Girls win.
Freestyle is big in Europe. And now it’s time for Freestyle MX; Mat Rebeaud, Taka Higashino, Tom Pages, Jey Rouanet, Eigo Sato, Dany Torres, Edgar Torronteras, and Andre Villa.
Now is the SX2 class, race 2: Once again number 902 on a KTM, K. Auberson wins. He takes the overall victory on the night as well.
Freegun Juniors race 2: 110 Alexis Verhaeghe is leading. But first moto winner Yannis Irsuti is going for it. He makes the pass, wins the race, and the overall on the night for the Freegun Junior class.
After this race, there is a lot of music, dancing, a DJ, fire-dancing, … and the crowd is loving it.
SX1 LCQ: Mike Brown wins easily.
Time for more ‘show’. Freestyle MX, music, dancers, fire-dancing, DJ, lights … and the crowd is going wild.
Time for the race of the night – the SX1 Final. They do a sight lap – first out is Marvin Musquin, second out onto the track is Justin Brayton.
Cedric Soubeyras number 120 on Honda holeshots. Justin Brayton is second. Marvin Musquin is third. As they start the fourth lap – those top three are very close. But Brayton goes into the lead on the next lap as he passes Cedric on a long whoop straightaway.
Brayton is pulling away a little bit, as Musquin tries to get around Cedric. Next lap – Marvin moves into second. It’s Brayton, then Musquin. Brayton has a three second lead over Marvin …
The track is getting a bit dusty. Brayton is stretching his lead slightly – it’s almost four seconds.
Justin Brayton wins the opening night Main Event here in Geneva. Marvin Musquin finishes second.
More coming, including photos!
Meghan Rutledge – winner Geneva Supercross 2012 Day 1 Women
Justin Brayton number 10 practices starts – Day 1 2012 Geneva Supercross
Justin Brayton on top of the podium Day 1 Geneva 2012
Marvin is racing a 250!
Meghan Rutledge from Australia – number 66 – winner SX Girls Day 1
SX1 Final Results Day 1 Geneva Supercross:
- Justin Brayton – YAM
- Marvin Musquin – KTM
- Cedric Soubeyras – HON
- Jason Clermont – HON
- Christophe Martin – HON
- Loic Rombaut – HON
- Charles LeFrancois – SUZ
- Gautier Paulin – KAW
- Fabien Izoird – SUZ
- Greg Aranda – YAM