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Marvin Musquin back on top in Indy

Jeremy Martin wins the East West Showdown

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Marvin Musquin back on top in Indy
Marvin Musquin won by over 30 seconds, the largest winning margin since Ricky Carmichael‰Ûªs 33-second Dayton win back in 2006. - Credit: Simon Cudby
The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team made big strides on Saturday with a successful night of racing at Round 12 of the AMA Supercross Championship in Indianapolis.

Marvin Musquin led the team to its second 450SX victory of the season with a commanding win in the Main Event. In the much hyped 250 East West Showdown it was Honda's Jeremy Martin who walked away with the win for the East Coast.

Musquin had a favorable start to the day as he topped the 450SX qualifying during the final practice session. From there, the Frenchman climbed his way to a 4th place transfer spot in 450SX Heat 2 after getting pinched off on the start.

Musquin took only the positives into the evening‰Ûªs Main Event as he shot off the line to capture the holeshot. With Eli Tomac hot on his heels throughout the first half of the race, Musquin handled the pressure well as he maintained a solid pace out front. Tomac eventually went down, giving Musquin some breathing room for the second half of the race.
Marvin Musquin back on top in Indy
Dean Wilson scored his best ever 450 main event result, finishing in second - Credit: Simon Cudby
After 27 laps, Musquin ultimately finished 29 seconds ahead of the 2nd place finisher, Dean Wilson. Musquin‰Ûªs impressive performance allowed him to shave seven points off Jason Anderson‰Ûªs lead in the overall 450SX Championship as the series heads into its final five rounds of 2018.

"To be honest, I‰Ûªve been waiting for that win for a long time," Musquin said. "The last win was at Anaheim I and I felt like I was riding better and better after I got used to the dislocated shoulder. I feel like I‰Ûªm definitely capable of winning but you have to put everything together, and that‰Ûªs not easy, but today it was good.

"We got the bike better this weekend and in the last practice I was riding really smooth and I was the fastest, so I was really happy. I knew I needed a good start and to race my own race and I was able to do that tonight, it‰Ûªs good to be back on top.‰Û
Marvin Musquin back on top in Indy
Jason Anderson came from dead last to finish 4th and now holds a 35 point lead with just five rounds remaining - Credit: Simon
Points leader Jason Anderson was collected in a first-turn incident and remounted at the very back of the pack. Meanwhile at the front, Dean Wilson ripped his best Main Event start all year and was right in the top 3 battle during the opening laps.

Wilson would battle the difficult track and fend off multiple challenges from other riders for the entire 27 lap main event to keep himself at the front and grab his first career 450 Supercross podium with a superb second-place just ahead of Daytona winner Justin Brayton who claimed the final spot on podium for the round.

Jason Anderson came alive and immediately cranked out fast laps and eventually climbed his way back to 4th to retain the championship leaders red plate.

‰ÛÏMy weekend turned out to be good,‰Û
Marvin Musquin back on top in Indy
Jeremy Martin claimed the main event win, but was latter docked seven championship points for jumping under a red cross flag - Credit: GeikoHonda.com
Geiko Honda's Jeremy Martin made the opening 250 East / West shootout his own with a convincing wire to wire win in the 15 minute plus one lap main event.

Martin shot to the lead early and was never headed as he ran away to win by 4 seconds, and though he was officially credited with the race win, Martin was later docked seven championship points for jumping on a red cross flag.

Monster Energy / Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo, who worked his way through the field at an impressive rate to land on the podium, while Luke Renzland put in a career best ride to round out the 250 main event in third position.

‰ÛÏEveryone was bringing up my string of crashes in practice and I just looked at it as something in the past,‰Û
Marvin Musquin back on top in Indy
450 Main Event results and current championship standings
Marvin Musquin back on top in Indy
250 Main Event results and current championship standings

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