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KTM Issue statement on Stewart-Musquin Atalanta incident.

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Red Bull KTM Factory Team have issued a clarifying statement following reports and discussions that James Stewart had hindered Marvin Musquin as he lead the 450 final, thus allowing his team-mate Ryan Dungey to take the win.

"While racing his teammate Ryan Dungey for what would have been his first career 450SX Class victory, Musquin made a mistake on his own that ultimately caused him to come up short on a triple and lose the lead position. Stewart, who was not competing for the lead, happened to be near Musquin during his error and has since received undeserved criticism for the incident. The Red Bull KTM Factory Team would like to clarify that there are no hard feelings toward Stewart," the statement read.

Red Bull KTM Factory Team Manager Roger DeCoster added, ‰ÛÏAfter 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‰Ûªt blame him for it. Credit to Marvin, he rode an amazing race and was under tremendous pressure from Ryan 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.‰Û

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