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Musquin does the Geneva double

Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin won both evenings of the well-attended Geneva Supercross at the Palexpo this weekend to be crowned ‘King of Geneva’ for the fourth time.

He triumphed on Friday night and then took advantage of slip by training partner Jason Anderson to win Saturday’s Main Event across a tight and rough layout.

After victory in Las Vegas, the Red Bull Straight Rhythm, the Paris Supercross and now the last major dirt bike racing fixture of 2017, the 27-year-old will enter the new supercross campaign in good form and confidence.

Musquin said: “The goal was to come here and win like I did in Paris two weeks ago and also here last year. I knew coming in with Jason and Justin Brayton there would be some good racing. The track was pretty good; a really nice whoops section and a couple of nice rhythm sections and the split section was pretty cool. It got beaten up with the soft dirt and it became choppy and rutted and was technical. On Friday Jason and I had an intense battle: it could have been dirty but we kept it clean! At the end I was able to make the pass stick and beat him straight-up. A different story on Saturday because he had the better start and we were going for it and pushing hard. My aim was to put pressure on him and to see what would happen with that pressure. He made it easy for me by making a mistake and going down, after that I just managed the gap. It is great to win here four times in a row.”

Anderson said: “Day one went well here in Geneva. From the first practice to the last I was just learning the whole process. I didn’t realise the first practice was timed but still managed to qualify fourth which was ok. After making a few tweaks to my bike before going into the night-race I knew I just had to get a good start and get up front to battle with the guys. It didn’t come as easily as I had thought, Brayton and Musquin were really strong and it took a little time for me to get into my rhythm. In the main I felt comfortable and it was good to be able to fight for the win.
“Saturday was pretty decent – I qualified second, which was good. In my heat race I stalled on the line and fought my way right back to the front from last place. The track here in Geneva is a little tighter than I’m used to so I’ve found it quite tiring and it’s taken a little while to adapt my style. In the main I got the holeshot and tried to control the race from the front, but I knew Marvin wasn’t far behind. A couple of minutes in I dropped the bike in one of the tighter turns and lost the lead. I tried my best to get back on terms with the leader but there wasn’t enough time. I’m happy with how I rode and I’ll definitely be back to Geneva next year to fight for the win.”

Results – Friday night

1. Marvin Musquin (KTM) 10:07.391; 2. Jason Anderson (Husqvarna) 10:11.425; 3. Justin Brayton (Honda) 10:26.400; 4. Cedric Soubeyras (Suzuki) 10:41.195; 5. Thomas Ramette (Suzuki) 10:43.463…

Saturday night
1. Marvin Musquin (KTM) 9:57.869; 2. Jason Anderson (Husqvarna) 10:00.443; 3. Justin Brayton (Honda) 10:23.088; 4. Cedric Soubeyras (Suzuki) 10:27.468; 5. Adrien Escoffier (Husqvarna) 10:31.075…

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