At Thunder Valley, Musquin and Webb are in the Top 10
Two rounds into the 2021 AMA Pro Motocross Championship and the 450MX class has revealed a highly competitive field of the nation’s top motocross racers.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing teammates Cooper Webb and Marvin Musquin have proven to be in the elite category, but a top-10 result didn’t come without a fight at Saturday’s Thunder Valley MX National in Colorado.
After making some positive changes to the bike during qualifying earlier in the day, Webb came out of the gate strong in Moto 1 as he narrowly missed the holeshot aboard his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION.
Webb settled into fifth on the opening lap, but he remained in attack mode as he fought a crowd of heavy-hitters for a spot inside the top-five.
The two-time 450SX Champ continued to battle with the fast company for the remainder of the moto, ultimately finishing eighth.
Webb had another strong start in Moto 2, but this time, he captured the official holeshot and fought for the early lead before a crash sent him back to seventh.
Caught once again in a swarm of top riders, Webb found himself engaging in many battles throughout the 16-lap race, including with his teammate Marvin Musquin in the second half of the race.
With two laps to go, Webb made his way around Musquin to overtake eighth, and with a pair of 8-8 finishes, he solidified eighth overall on the day.
Webb: “We’re searching again – we made many bike changes today, and I felt a lot better in the second moto.
I felt like we made the bike a lot better, and I felt like I finally had some speed and could run up front, and then I had a little tip over. That spiked my heart rate.
And I got all flustered and got passed for ninth, but I got back into a good flow and could catch Marvin with two to go.
It’s a little bit of progress. We have a weekend off, so we’ll try to get the bike a little better, get faster and keep on grinding.”
Musquin found himself in many of the same battles as his teammate, ultimately landing one position behind Webb in the overall results.
In Moto 1, Musquin significantly jumped on his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION, but he got closed off around the first turn.
Shuffling back to ninth early on, the French rider did his best to break through the deeply stacked field of riders, but he could only make it to ninth.
In Moto 2, Musquin got off to a favourable start, and he settled into fourth early on. Racing within a big group of fast riders upfront, he diced back-and-forth with Webb just outside the top-five battle.
With two laps to go, Musquin was overtaken by Webb for the eighth-place spot, and he finished out with a 9-9 score.
Musquin: “It was difficult for me to have the pace of the leaders, and I couldn’t do anything more than 9-9 today.
I’m not happy with this result, but I feel like I couldn’t do much more. We will try to push more during the week leading up to High Point – we have a weekend off, so we’ll try to see what we can do better.”
Rookie 250MX rider Max Vohland did his best to power through an intense bout of food poisoning on Saturday, where he was able to salvage some championship points with 15-17 moto scores and 18th overall from the second round.
Vohland: “I ended up getting food poisoning when we got here on Thursday night, so I was sick and couldn’t eat anything for at least 30 hours straight and didn’t get much sleep the night before the race.
I gave it my all, and I didn’t quit, which was the best I could do. I did get a good start in one moto, so that’s something to take away for the next race. It was tough, but we survived.”
The AMA Pro Motocross Championship will take a weekend off from racing before returning on Saturday, June 19, for Round 3 with the High Point National in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania.
Results 450MX Class – Thunder Valley National
- 1. Ken Roczen (GER), Honda, 1-1
- 2. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA), Yamaha, 2-2
- 3. Adam Cianciarulo (USA), Kawasaki, 3-6
- 8. Cooper Webb (USA), KTM, 8-8
- 9. Marvin Musquin (FRA), KTM, 9-9
- 11. Justin Bogle (USA), KTM, 14-11
- 12. Joey Savatgy (USA), KTM, 10-15
- 15. Fredrik Noren, (SWE), KTM
- 23. Jacob Hayes (USA), KTM
- 31. Ben LaMay (USA), KTM
Results 250MX Class – Thunder Valley National
- 1. Justin Cooper (USA), Yamaha, 2-2
- 2. Jett Lawrence (AUS), Honda, 4-1
- 3. Hunter Lawrence (AUS), Honda, 5-3
- 17. Josh Varize (USA), KTM, 16-16
- 18. Max Vohland (USA), KTM, 15-17
- 23. Max Miller (USA), KTM
- 25. Tre Fierro (USA), KTM
- 33. Lane Shaw (USA), KTM
- 34. Jeffrey Walker (USA), KTM
- 36. Christopher Prebula (USA), KTM
- 37. Max Groom (USA), KTM
- 42. Xylian Ramella (CHE), KTM
Standings 450MX Class 2021 after 2 of 12 rounds
- 1. Ken Roczen, 90 points
- 2. Dylan Ferrandis, 89
- 3. Aaron Plessinger, 74
- 7. Cooper Webb, 52
- 9. Marvin Musquin, 51
- 13. Joey Savatgy, 29
- 15. Justin Bogle, 22
- 17. Fredrik Noren, 17
Standings 250MX Class 2021 after 2 of 12 rounds
- 1. Jett Lawrence, 90 points
- 2. Justin Cooper, 80
- 3. Jeremy Martin, 72
- 15. Max Vohland, 14
- 19. Josh Varies, 12