The legendary Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, hosted round 10 of the 2013 AMA Supercross series on Saturday night, and Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin threw down the ride of his life to capture his first-ever Supercross win.
With lap times in the minute-twenty range -- some 30 seconds longer than a standard Supercross layout -- fitness and endurance reigned supreme in Daytona, and Musquin showcased some of the talent and toughness that propelled him to back-to-back MX2 world championships before making his move stateside to compete.
Despite finishing runner-up in 250SX heat two, Musquin reeled off the race’s quickest lap time while trying to chase down eventual winner Dean Wilson, serving notice that he’d be a contender in the main.
When the gate dropped for the 15-lap finale, Musquin rocketed down the long Daytona start straight and into the lead. With a field of some of the world’s best 250 riders behind him, Musquin dropped the hammer and never looked back. Fifteen near-perfect laps allowed the determined Frenchman to open up a commanding lead before taking the checkers nearly ten seconds ahead of Wil Hahn in second.
“This is absolutely incredible,” Musquin said with emotion after the race. “I’ve been working so hard for this, and to finally get my first Supercross win, especially here in Daytona, is an unbelievable feeling. The track was very rough and difficult, but I felt great tonight and I’m so happy to finally put it all together for a win.”
Musquin now sits in third place in the championship points standings as the series moves to Indianapolis next weekend for round 11.
EASTERN REGIONAL 250SX MAIN EVENT RESULTS
1. Marvin Musquin
2. Wil Hahn
3. Jeremy Martin
4. Dean Wilson
5. Blake Wharton
6. Justin Hill
7. Kyle Peters
8. Zach Freeberg
9. Cole Thompson
10. Vince Friese
In the premier 450SX class, Musquin’s Red Bull KTM teammate Ryan Dungey fought his way to a very impressive second-place finish in the Daytona main event behind winner Ryan Villopoto.
With a start just inside of the top ten, Dungey had his work cut out for him on the demanding Daytona circuit, but made some incredible passes early on to move into fifth by the end of lap one. Plucking off one rider at a time during the grueling 20-lap main, Dungey made his way into second by the halfway point and closed the gap to within five seconds of Villopoto by the wave of the checkers.
“It was really brutal out there tonight,” Dungey commented from the podium. “I just stayed as patient as I could, because I knew there would be opportunity to make a lot of mistakes as the track got rougher. Second feels almost as good as a win here in Daytona, so I’m pretty stoked with the result.”
Finishing the night with a disappointing eighth-place finish in the 450SX main event, Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart blamed himself for a poor bike set-up choice that ultimately led to his mediocre result…
“I felt really good after my heat race win, but decided to make a front tire change before the main that proved to be a terrible decision,” Stewart told us after the race. “I couldn’t get the bike to settle into corners, and as a result was just never able to get comfortable out there. It was a really bad decision on my part, but I won’t make that mistake again. I’m looking forward to getting back on track in Indy.”
450SX MAIN EVENT RESULTS
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Justin Barcia
4. Eli Tomac
5. Chad Reed
6. Trey Canard
7. Ken Roczen
8. James Stewart
9. Broc Tickle
10. Davi Millsaps
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