News 25 Mar 2019

Musquin acknowledges wrongdoing in Seattle rule violation

Frenchman holds onto victory while receiving points sanction.

Image: Supplied.

Marvin Musquin has acknowledged his wrongdoing in a rule violation at the beginning of yesterday’s main event for Seattle’s 11th round of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship.

A major incident in the first rhythm lane that claimed Chad Reed (JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing) and Justin Brayton (Smartop Bullfrog Spas Honda) prompted red-cross flags to be displayed when the field came around for lap two with Musquin out front, however while slowing down, the Frenchman doubled through the section.

The red-cross flag calls for riders to immediately slow down and roll any obstacles, with Musquin’s violation resulting in his victory coming under review before officials handed him a seven-point penalty in the standings and forfeiture of his prize purse.

“I know what I did wrong, and I have no excuses,” Musquin admitted. “I was leading, and obviously leading on the first lap, I was going for it. I saw the yellows and made a mistake – I did slow down, but then I did jump, so there’s nothing I can do right now.

“It doesn’t take anything away from win, because right after that, I was definitely looking back and slowing down – I didn’t know what to do really. Kenny was catching me and right behind me, but I put in a solid main and I was really happy with my riding.”

Musquin’s seven-point penalty meant he was unable to make up ground on Red Bull KTM Factory Racing teammate and current points leader Cooper Webb, the duo still separated by 14 points.