Round 7 – AMA Pro Motocross Championship – July 6, 2019
BUCHANAN, Mich. – In conjunction with America’s Independence Day celebration, Round 7 of the 2019 AMA Pro Motocross Championship travelled to Buchanan, Michigan on Saturday for the ever-so-popular RedBud National. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin earned his third consecutive podium finish with an incredible come-from-behind performance in the first moto, followed by an impeccable race-win in Moto 2. His teammate, Cooper Webb, had a consistently good day, posting 3-5 moto scores for fourth overall.
Musquin qualified only a few tenths of a second off of Webb to earn second gate choice for the first moto of the day. In Moto 1, he went down on the opening lap and got stuck under his bike, where he was forced to wait until he could receive assistance to get out. Losing substantial time, Musquin finally remounted in dead last. He immediately put his head down and fought through the field to bring himself into the top-10 by the halfway point. With an incredible charge, Musquin ultimately made his way up to seventh to salvage valuable championship points in Moto 1. In Moto 2, he grabbed a top-three start and settled into second early on. He applied great pressure to the leader through the first half of the race and eventually made his move into the lead halfway through. From there, Musquin never looked back as he went on to earn his third moto-win in three rounds. With 7-1 finishes, he rounded out the day with an impressive third overall.
Musquin: “The riding was really good all day but unfortunately, I didn’t get a great start in the first moto and then ended up going down in the first lap. It was very bad but I came back from dead last to seventh. To be able to win the second moto is just awesome and to salvage a podium was really important today – it’s good for the team and it’s good for me.”
It was a great start to the day for Webb, who earned pole position after edging out his teammate Musquin in qualifying. In Moto 1, Webb powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION to yet another holeshot, where he rounded the opening lap in second. He fought for a podium position early on as he swapped spots several times throughout the opening laps. On lap five, Webb stalled the bike and dropped back to fourth, but he quickly bounced back and overtook second around the halfway point. From there, he continued to dice back-and-forth for second, ultimately finishing third. In Moto 2, Webb began just outside the top five and he quickly worked his way into the top-five. He battled inside the top-five for the remainder of the race, ultimately finishing fifth in the race and fourth overall for the day.
Webb: “RedBud was a step in the right direction for me. Practice went really well, I was able to qualify first for the first-time ever in outdoors. To go 3-5 for fourth overall is alright, I wish I would have been a little bit better in the second moto but so far, it’s the best day yet and we’ll keep plugging away to try and get better for Millville.”