LAS VEGAS – It was a bittersweet ending to the 2018 AMA Supercross Championship for Marvin Musquin and the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team, who concluded the 17-round series only nine points shy of the 450SX Championship title. Musquin piloted his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION to a hard-fought second-place finish at the Las Vegas finale on Saturday where he enjoyed his seventh-straight podium appearance in front of a packed crowd at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Despite an early season shoulder injury that forced him to make the tough decision to sit out of the Main Event in Houston, Musquin rallied back with consistent podium finishes to put himself within mathematical striking distance of the 450SX Championship coming into the final round. Musquin, the fastest 450 qualifier, secured a commanding heat race victory after grabbing the holeshot and leading all seven laps. He carried that momentum into the 450SX Main Event as he got off to another great start aboard his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION. Musquin tucked in behind Eli Tomac on the opening lap and the duo put on a great battle for the lead position. Despite a great effort, Musquin eventually lost the opportunity to make a pass for the lead where he rode to the checkers to earn a hard-fought second-place finish in Las Vegas.
Musquin: “I knew it was going to be a tough Main Event. It’s Vegas, it’s hard and slippery. My start in the Main Event was awesome but Eli was a little bit better and we were first and second right away. My goal was to keep charging and keep pushing. We both made mistakes and we pushed hard. I made a mistake with the lappers in the rhythm before the finish and definitely lost the connect with Eli and after that, the gap stayed the same. I gave my best, and on a track like that, I improved so much from last year and I’m really proud about it.”