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The evening’s heat races were a carbon copy of the first night, with Marvin Musquin and Justin Brayton winning their respective races. It was no coincidence that Musquin and Brayton were also the top qualifiers, with Marvin edging Justin out by less than half a second. Brayton, the new signee at MotoConcepts Honda, looked more than ready to improve on his opening night main event finish of third. That’s because a clutch issue kept him from trying to seal the deal while leading with only a few laps to go. Musquin walked away with the win, and Malcolm Stewart capitalized on Brayton’s bike malfunction.
Night one belonged to the U.S. Supercross racers, but that’s no disrespect to the contingent of top-tier European Supercross racers. Arnaud Tonus, Cedric Soubeyras, Maxime Desprey, Thomas Ramette and Cyrille Coulon showed impressive speed. Tonus, the new addition to the Wilvo Yamaha 450 Grand Prix program, particularly looked strong. Although Arnaud had his struggles in America while aboard Pro Circuit Kawasaki, he has long been good at Supercross. It’s too bad health issues held him back. That’s all in the past, because Tonus said that he’s happy to be back in Europe and riding a 450.
Brayton rode with precision and confidence through the beginning stages of the main, leading Musquin for the opening six laps. Then Marvin found his way around and tried checking out. Justin wasn’t having any of it, at least for the next few laps. However, Musquin’s pace proved too much for Brayton. Marvin took the checkers nearly six seconds ahead. In the post-race press conference, Brayton commended Musquin on his riding, saying, “He’s riding good. I can’t take anything away from him. He was riding awesome tonight.”
Marvin Musquin is now a three-time winner and knocking on the door to become only the second four-peat King of Geneva. He would join Justin Brayton. Past winners include Ron Lechien, Guy Cooper, Jeff Stanton, Damon Huffman, David Vuillemin, Damon Bradshaw and Jeremy McGrath. That’s an esteemed group. Congratulations to Musquin for going 1-1 on the weekend. He’s looking ready to line up at Anaheim 1 if the series kicked off next weekend. Watch out for this guy.
That’s it from the Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, and the last offseason race before the 2017 Supercross series kicks off at Anaheim on January 7th. Thanks to Eric Peronnard and the Geneva Supercross promoters for the hospitality. They have been tres bien! Merci.
GENEVA SUPERCROSS: NIGHT TWO OVERALL RESULTS
1. Marvin Musquin…KTM
2. Justin Brayton…Hon
3. Malcolm Stewart…Hon
4. Justin Barcia…Suz
5. Thomas Ramette…Suz
6. Cedric Soubeyras…Suz
7. Christophe Martin…Hon
8. Simon Mallet…Hon
9. Killian Auberson…KTM
10. Adrien Escoffier…Hus
Other notables: 11. Maxime Desprey; 12. Kyle Chisholm; 15. Cyrille Coulon; 17. Valentin Teillet.
KING OF GENEVA: OVERALL RACE RESULTS
1. Marvin Musquin (Fra)…1-1
2. Justin Brayton (USA)…3-2
3. Malcolm Stewart (USA)…2-3
4. Justin Barcia (USA)…4-4
5. Cedric Soubeyras (Fra)…7-6
6. Thomas Ramette (Fra)…9-5
7. Simon Mallet (Fra)…11-8
8. Killian Auberson (Swi)…10-9
9. Christophe Martin (Fra)…14-7
10. Cyrille Coulon (Fra)…6-15
Other notables: 11. Arnaud Tonus (5-16); 12. Chris Martin (14-7); 13. Maxima Desprey (13-11); 14. Valetin Teillet (8-17); 15. Kyle Chisholm (18-12).