KTM TEAM MANAGER ROGER DECOSTER ISSUES STATEMENT
Marvin Musquin held off teammate Ryan Dungey for 19 laps.
One of the most controversial issues from the race last Saturday in Atlanta was the landing Marvin Musquin made coming off a triple in the 19th lap. Musquin had held off teammate Ryan Dungey for the majority of the race and had nearly landed on the lapped James Stewart. The sloppy landing sent him careening off the track which led to Dungey grabbing the lead. Many after the race blamed Stewart for not moving over as he was being lapped. Dungey, who concidentally landed a jump into Stewart at the beginning of the season, didnt even mention the Yoshimura Suzuki rider when asked about the incident. After a few days of silence, the team manager Roger DeCoster has issued an official team statement to clear any suspicions about the incident.
“After the race a lot of blame was given to James and I just want to make things clear that the mistake from Marvin was not directly caused by James and we shouldn’t blame him for it,” said DeCoster. “Credit to Marvin, he rode an amazing race and was under tremendous pressure from Ryan [Dungey] for the majority of the race. To lead for 19-consecutive laps is no easy task and how quickly he has adapted to the big bike class in just eight rounds is very impressive.”