Musquin Rides Away with $1 Million to Take Home Biggest Prize in Motorcycle Racing

Musquin Rides Away with $1 Million to Take Home Biggest Prize in Motorcycle Racing

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Musquin Rides Away with $1 Million to Take Home Biggest Prize in Motorcycle Racing

Three individual races. Ten laps per race. On the line if you win all three? $1 Million.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin, became the second rider in the event’s seven-year history, to be awarded the Monster Energy Cup trophy along with the elusive $1 million for winning all three main event races.

“Being able to win all three motos is pretty unreal considering the level of the competition in each race,” said Musquin. “Coming off an off-season break and only having a few weeks of riding in preparation for the event, makes this win even more surreal. This race is so unique with the way to track is designed and the added features you have to successfully navigate that are far different from the standard Supercross track that we race all season long.”

The Monster Energy Cup is a stand alone, unique race that comes after the Supercross and Outdoor Motocross Seasons that span January to August.

Unlike any other race, the Monster Energy Cup celebrates Supercross’s rich tradition in Las Vegas by challenging riders with three, 10-Lap Main Events on a hybrid supercross-motocross style track, designed by five-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ricky Carmichael.

The race features a different format than standard races in that each race is only ten laps and not a timed event like normal. Designers of the track are also given extra latitude to build a race track that presents challenging obstacles that must be accomplished during the race or the rider will face a five position penalty.

“The Joker Lane, the high banking turn and not having the normal rhythm sections really made you have to work for a lead,” said Musquin. “To win this race, you have a lot of work to do in such a short amount of time since it is only ten laps and not a timed event which allows you an opportunity to work towards the front if you don’t find yourself there after the start. The split start also made for tough racing. There were several times that as we came together in the straight away after the dual starts, there was a lot of pushing and bumping of bikes.”

Only one other motocross racer, Ryan Villapoto, had ever left Vegas with the One Million dollars back in 2011. After a hard crash in the first race that ended last years overall winner, Eli Tomac, Musquin became the clear favorite after winning the first two races decidedly.

“Heading into the third race you try and put the thoughts of winning the million out of your mind,” said Musquin. “My focus was to just put down another ten clean laps and put myself in a position to win the overall if I could not secure the top spot in race three and win the million. Staying mentally focused and calm was the key to my success tonight.”

The 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season begins in January were Musquin finds himself to be a heavy favorite next season riding a wave of momentum after his statement win in Las Vegas.

Overall Podium

  1. Marvin Musquin (1-1-1)
  2. Jason Anderson (2-2-2)
  3. Dean Wilson (3-5-3)

 

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