Washougal, WA – Red Bull KTM Factory teammates Ken Roczen and Marvin Musquin finished on the podium at the eighth round of the Lucas Oil Pro 250 Motocross Championship Series held at Washougal Motocross Park with 2nd and 3rd place overall results.
In the first moto, Musquin got a great start and was sitting inside the top five as the riders rounded the first corner. Roczen was further back and checked in at 9th place at the end of the first lap.
Both riders continued to push forward throughout the moto and found themselves in a familiar battle together around the halfway mark of the race. Roczen was able to make the pass on his teammate but Musquin did not drop back. The two stayed together and continued to close in on the top three riders. With three laps to go, Roczen made a pass on Justin Bogle to take over 3rd position while Musquin followed suit to take 4th. With two laps to go, both riders moved up one position after Blake Baggett, running 2nd, suffered a mechanical and did not finish the race. The two riders raced wheel to wheel the remainder of the race to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively and land a podium finish.
“I tried really hard to not fall behind when Kenny passed me around the halfway mark,” stated Musquin. “I found some better lines after that and was able to stay close to Kenny and was even able to challenge him for the position. I felt really good at the end of the moto and hope to get a better start in the second moto and hopefully land on the podium again.”
In moto two, Roczen got a much better start and rounded the first corner in 4th place. Musquin was two positions back in the 6th place spot. Roczen made his passes quickly and put himself in 2nd behind Eli Tomac before the end of the first lap. Roczen would hold on to finish the moto in 2nd place. Roczen’s 2-2 moto results earned him 2nd overall during the day.
“My shoulders got a little tired in the second moto,” stated Roczen on the podium. “But no excuses, Eli rode better than me and I have to bounce back next week to continue to hold the points lead in the championship.”
Musquin came from his 6th place position to finish 4th by the moto end. His 3-4 finishes placed him 3rd overall for the day which marked his 4th podium finish of the season.
“The shadows were really difficult to deal with in the second moto,” stated Musquin. “I struggled with my starts this weekend and couldn’t get up into the top three early in either moto. Luckily, I was able to still pull off a 3rd place result but I want to be on the top of the podium for the remainder of the season.”
Now eight rounds into the series, Roczen continues to hold the points lead, which he hasn’t lost since the opening round. The next event will be held in Millville, MN on July 27, 2013.
Overall Point Standings –
- Ken Roczen – 356
- Eli Tomac – 355
- Marvin Musquin – 298