KTM’s Marvin Musquin continued his unbeaten winter streak by taking the win in Sunday’s final at the Paris Supercross at the U Arena. Musquin, who won a cool $1 million by being undefeated at the Monster Cup, then again won the Red Bull Straight Rhythm, added the King of Paris crown with a win on both nights after challenges from Dean Wilson and Cole Seely never materialised in the finals.
On the first night Briton Wilson defeated Musquin in one of the Sprint finals, a precursor to the main event. And on Sunday Honda man Seely reeled Musquin in and passed him to win a sprint final. But like the opening night, nobody could catch the Frenchman in the final.
Musquin pulled a holeshot with Seely on his tail. Musquin, whose weak point was the whoops where he often lost some time to his rivals, managed to hold off Seely’s tough challenge for the first few laps. But Seely had a slight bobble, lost the tow and Musquin held on for an easy win from Seely and Wilson. That gave Musquin the overall win while Seely and Wilson tied for second on points, but the nod went to the Honda man for second overall thanks to Sunday’s final.
American Zach Osborne, second on the first night, had a poor start but fought his way back to fourth place to take fourth overall. Fifth was Jeremy Martin, who missed the first night’s action as he hurt his wrist in practice. But it was strong enough for him to race on Sunday. Fellow American Honda rider RJ Hampshire, not looking too comfortable on his borrowed CRF, took ninth for eighth overall. Frenchman Cedric Soubeyras was first of the non-AMA supercross stars in fifth overall from Fabien Izoird.
In the MX2 class, burly American hard man Tyler Bowers took the race win on the BUD Kawasaki. He was a stand-in for injured Benoit Paturel.