ARLINGTON, Texas – In front of a crowd of 57,807 fans inside AT&T Stadium, Marvin Musquin rode to his first Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX victory on Saturday night.
The Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider put together a dominant wire-to-wire effort to score the victory over Cole Seely.
In the Western Regional 250SX Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Justin Hill took advantage of misfortune experienced by Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath to claim his fourth consecutive win and extend his championship points lead.
When the gate dropped for the 450SX Class Main Event it appeared as though Monster Energy/Yamalube/Chaparral/Yamaha Financial Services/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb would become the first rider to earn multiple SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Awards this season.
However, a downed rider off the start forced officials to throw the red flag, which immediately brought the race to a halt and forced a restart. As the 22-rider field launched off of the starting line for the restart, it was Musquin who captured the holeshot and put his KTM out front for the first time in 2017, narrowly edging out RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Justin Bogle and Webb.
Meanwhile, Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider and championship leader Ryan Dungey was buried outside of the top-10 following his worst start of the season.
As Musquin rode effortlessly at the front, Webb began his attack by jumping his way past Bogle for second on lap one. On the ensuing lap, Seely followed Webb past Bogle for third. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac, who started seventh and entered the night with back-to-back wins, broke into the top five on lap two and started to make a run on the lead group. Tomac was on fire as he clicked off blazing fast laps and inched onto the rear wheel of Bogle, making the pass for fourth on lap six.
Musquin had opened a comfortable lead over the field a quarter into the race, and on lap seven, Webb slowed quickly after suffering a flat rear tire in his chase of the lead. He lost several positions before ultimately getting attention in the mechanics area and falling out of contention. Webb’s misfortune allowed Seely to move into second, and a hard-charging Tomac into third.
However, shortly after moving into podium position, Tomac crashed on lap eight, and dropped out of contention following damage suffered on his Kawasaki. The hard luck of his fellow competitors worked to the advantage of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson, who jumped into third, just ahead of his teammate Dean Wilson and Dungey, who valiantly fought his way into the top five after starting 13th.
In just his second race for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, Wilson fended off the attacks from Dungey for several laps, but the reigning two-time champion’s persistence paid off with a pass for fourth on lap 20.
With no one to challenge him, Musquin rode steady the entire 26 laps and took the checkered flag by a margin of 5.3 seconds for his first premier class win. Seely equaled his season-best result in the runner-up spot, followed by Anderson with his first podium of the year.
Dungey enjoyed an impressive comeback, but saw his current six-race podium stream come to an end in finishing fourth.
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