450MX: What knee injury? Marvin Musquin sweeps Spring Creek

July 22, 2017

Tomac was able to slightly improve his championship lead to 20 points over Baggett

Marvin Musquin has the first 1-1 sweep of his 450MX career. (Photo: Rich Shepherd / Racer X Online)

After a promising season was beset by a knee injury, there was concern over how well Marvin Musquin would ride — if he indeed continued to ride — over the rest of the season. After a few weeks of improving results, Musquin officially allayed those concerns with a convincing 1-1 sweep of both motos at Spring Creek.

Musquin now has three moto wins and two overall wins during the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.

With just four rounds left, the 450MX championship race remains tight. Eli Tomac will still hold the red plate, but thanks to a crash in Moto 2, he was only able to add one single point to his lead over Blake Baggett. They are now separated by 20 points.

And for the second round in a row, Dean Wilson set a new career high. Two weeks after his first overall podium (third place at Southwick), the Rockstar Husqvarna rider earned second overall thanks to a pair of third-place moto finishes at Spring Creek.

Read on for a breakdown of what happened in each moto.

Spring Creek 450 Moto 1
Marvin Musquin took the holeshot. Dean Wilson was close behind but nearly tipped over. Meanwhile, Matt Bisceglia, who is making his season debut and filling in with RCH/Yoshimura Suzuki, showed up and briefly went wheel-to-wheel with Musquin.

When things shook out a bit, the top five looked like this: Musquin, Wilson, Justin Barcia, Cole Seely, Bisceglia. Bisceglia would soon fade, but the top four would hold strong for awhile.

Blake Baggett and Eli Tomac both started further back inside the top ten, while Jason Anderson was nowhere to be found. Anderson, who missed Southwick due to a practice crash, ended up pulling out of the race.

Ten minutes into the moto, Tomac passed Christian Craig to move into the top five. He continued to press, getting around Seely and Barcia before the midway point to get into third, then he overtook Wilson for second. By that time though, Musquin had already stormed out to a 23-second lead and was able to cruise to victory.

Musquin had not won a moto since Glen Helen — his lone moto win of the season — as he had been hampered by a knee injury for several weeks.

With a second-place finish, Tomac was able to extend his points lead over Baggett for the time being, as Baggett was unable to crack the top five and finished sixth.

One round after having the best 450MX race of his career (third overall at Southwick), Wilson landed on the podium once again. With about four minutes left, Barcia made a late charge to take third place away from Wilson, and Wilson's initial counterattack wasn't quite enough, but Barcia seemed to slow in the waning laps of the moto, allowing Wilson to move back into third and Cooper Webb to move into fourth. Barcia was able to hold off Baggett to secure a top-five finish, matching his best moto result of the season.

1. Marvin Musquin
2. Eli Tomac
3. Dean Wilson
4. Cooper Webb
5. Justin Barcia
6. Blake Baggett
7. Christian Craig
8. Cole Seely
9. Henry Miller
10. Matt Bisceglia
11. Martin Davalos
12. Weston Peick
13. Fredrik Noren
14. Benny Bloss
15. Dakota Alix
16. Justin Bogle
17. John Short
18. Heath Harrison
19. Josh Mosiman
20. Cade Autenrieth
39. Jason Anderson (DNF)

Spring Creek 450 Moto 2
The holeshot went to a surprise winner: local privateer Henry Miller, who blazed out to the front but immediately crashed. (He had previously finished ninth in Moto 1.) That enabled Justin Bogle to move into the lead, with Eli Tomac, Dean Wilson, Marvin Musquin and Blake Baggett among the next batch of riders.

While running in second on the opening lap, Tomac crashed but was able to remount in ninth. From there though, he started moving in the wrong direction, losing positions amid an issue of some kind that sent him back to 14th. The rest of his race would be all about salvaging positions, but he successfully did just that — getting up to fifth place to overtake Baggett in overall points for the day and run his championship lead up to 20 points.

Bogle continued to lead but had to contend with a pair of KTMs — Musquin and Baggett. About 5:30 into the race, Musquin made a hard charge through the whoops to take the lead away, and Baggett soon got around Bogle as well to take over second.

Baggett eventually started to close in on Musquin, but Musquin was able to stretch his lead back out a bit. The gap between the two was less than three seconds at the midway point of the race. Things eventually settled down, and Musquin took the checkered flag 15 seconds ahead of Baggett.

Behind the lead duo, it was Dean Wilson landing on the podium for a third straight moto. That helped earn him second overall, a new career-best. Joining him on the podium were overall winner Musquin (1-1) and third-place Tomac (2-5).

Martin Davalos matched the 450MX career high he set at Southwick with a fourth-place finish in Moto 2.

1. Marvin Musquin
2. Blake Baggett
3. Dean Wilson
4. Martin Davalos
5. Eli Tomac
6. Cole Seely
7. Christian Craig
8. Justin Barcia
9. Cooper Webb
10. Fredrik Noren
11. Weston Peick
12. Dakota Alix
13. John Short
14. Henry Miller
15. Brandon Scharer
16. Josh Mosiman
17. Zack Williams
18. Toshiki Tomita
19. Vann Martin
20. Dylan Merriam
24. Benny Bloss
33. Justin Bogle (DNF)
37. Matt Bisceglia (DNS)
39. Jason Anderson (DNS)

Spring Creek 450 Class Overall Results
1. Marvin Musquin (1-1)
2. Dean Wilson (3-3)
3. Eli Tomac (2-5)
4. Blake Baggett (6-2)
5. Cooper Webb (4-9)
6. Justin Barcia (5-8)
7. Martin Davalos (11-4)
8. Cole Seely (8-6)
9. Christian Craig (7-7)
10. Fredrik Noren (13-10)
11. Weston Peick (12-11)
12. Henry Miller (9-14)
13. Dakota Alix (15-12)
14. John Short (17-13)
15. Matt Bisceglia (10-37)
16. Josh Mosiman (19-16)
17. Benny Bloss (14-24)
18. Brandon Scharer (30-15)
19. Justin Bogle (16-33)
20. Zack Williams (22-17)
40. Jason Anderson (DNF-DNS)