News 21 Jan 2019

Musquin still on the podium despite battling knee injury

Factory KTM rider second overall at Anaheim 2's Triple Crown.

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Frenchman Marvin Musquin earned his first podium finish of the season at Saturday’s third round of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship, despite still battling an ongoing knee injury.

Musquin initially suffered the injury last November and has since been limited him to minimal bike time, however the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing ace displayed exceptional consistency at Anaheim 2’s Triple Crown, lodging 3-2-2 race scores for second overall.

“It’s not always been my strongest point on the start but I’ve been very consistent today,” Musquin admitted. “This week I only rode a little bit on Monday. I stayed in California and we got a lot of rain, but obviously it helped on the knee.

“I tried to work on it the whole week and I felt good getting on the bike compared to last weekend, so it was important and that’s what I need – to feel good and not have any pain. It was great racing tonight, I didn’t win any motos but I got second overall, I was consistent and I was able to battle for the lead and for the podium.”

Following eighth and fifth place finishes at rounds one and two, plus his second at A2, Musquin is now positioned fifth in the championship standings, equal on 56 points with Monster Energy Yamaha’s Justin Barcia in fourth.

The overall win was captured by Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb – the first of his 450SX victory career while also becoming the third winner in as many rounds this year, and the second first-time victor in the last two stops of the series.