Red Bull/KTM Factory Team rider Marvin Musquin earned 5th overall at the opening round of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series held at Hangtown Raceway in Prairie City, CA.
In his U.S. AMA Motocross 250cc class debut, he turned heads after turning the fastest lap in both timed practice sessions. Ã¢Â€ÂœLast week when I raced the USGP at Glen Helen I was not so good in the timed practice and thought I would be far off the race pace. It was very exciting to turn a fast time in practice, it was a much better result than I expected,Ã¢Â€Â commented Musquin.
The 2X MX2 World GP Champion, received first gate pick for moto one based on the timed qualifying scores. He got a decent jump and was within the top ten at the start of the moto. He quickly moved through the pack from 10th to 6th within the first five laps of the race. He passed Cole Seely for 5th on lap eight and continued to charge toward the lead group. On lap twelve he was able to move into 4th place when Darryn Durham had troubles. He went on to cross the checkers in 4th.Ã‚Â
After having an exciting first moto, Musquin was looking forward to improving upon his results in moto two. This time his start did not go as well as expected. Ã¢Â€ÂœI crashed in the third turn and lost a lot of time,Ã¢Â€Â reported Musquin.Ã‚Â At the end of lap one Musquin was sitting in 30th position. He remarkably passed by eight people on lap two to move into 22nd and by the halfway point had already moved into 10th place. On lap eleven he moved past Broc Tickle and Cole Seely to climb to 8th place and he got around Darryn Durham for 7th on the following lap. With two laps to go he made a pass on Kyle Cunningham for 6th place. After an impressive charge through the pack he was able to secure 6th place for moto two. His 4-6 results earned him 5th overall for the day.
Ã¢Â€ÂœI am really excited with 5th place. I felt really comfortable on my KTM and on the rough track all day. I did not get tired like I thought I might and I was able to stay strong throughout both motos. I am looking forward to a strong season,Ã¢Â€Â remarked Musquin.
Next Round: May 28, 2011 Ã¢Â€Â“ Freestone Motocross