450MX: Marvin Musquin extends win streak with Washougal sweep

July 29, 2017

Musquin wins, Tomac extends his points lead, and Davalos gets his first podium

Marvin Musquin has won his fourth straight moto and second straight overall. (Photo: RIch Shepherd / Racer X Online)

For the second week in a row, Marvin Musquin has swept both 450 Class motos en route to an overall victory. The Red Bull KTM rider went 1-1 to win at Washougal, which hosted Round 9 of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. He has now won four consecutive motos and two straight overalls. It's his third overall victory of the season in total.

Eli Tomac was solid in riding to 2-2 finishes and while he wasn't on Musquin's level today, it was enough to extend his championship lead in a significant way.

It was also a big day for Martin Davalos, who landed on the overall podium for the first time in his 450MX career after several weeks of strong results.

Read on for a breakdown of each moto.

Washougal 450 Moto 1
Fresh off a moto sweep at Spring Creek last week, Marvin Musquin grabbed the holeshot in the first moto at Washougal. He had Justin Bogle hot on his tail though, and Bogle worked feverishly to get around him. But then Bogle got temporarily stuck in a rut while trying to make a turn and lost a few positions.

That set Martin Davalos up as the next rider to challenge Musquin, while Eli Tomac sliced his way up to third. Davalos nearly set himself up to make a pass for the lead on a few occasions, but Musquin held him off. Then Tomac took second place away from Davalos four minutes into the race.

While Musquin and Tomac battled for the lead up front, Blake Baggett was outside the top ten due to a poor start.

The race for the lead heated up about nine minutes into the moto when Tomac made contact with Musquin's rear wheel while trying to execute a pass. That moment seemed to be a turning point though, as a gap began to emerge between the two after that, with Musquin still in front. It had previously looked like just a matter of time until Tomac passed him, but instead Musquin steadily increased his lead throughout the rest of the race and won by more than 10 seconds. The victory is the third straight moto win for Musquin.

Cole Seely turned in his best result of the season with a third-place finish, and Davalos had a fourth-place moto result for the third week in a row. Dean Wilson, who entered the day with a streak of three straight third-place moto finishes, rounded out the top five. To get that spot, Wilson had to hold off a furious charge from Weston Peick on the final lap of the race.

After his bad start, Baggett climbed up to seventh but will still lose several points to Tomac in the championship battle.

Fredrik Noren, the No. 4 qualifier this morning, ended up 20th. He will just barely keep alive his streak of earning a point in every single moto so far this season.

1. Marvin Musquin
2. Eli Tomac
3. Cole Seely
4. Martin Davalos
5. Dean Wilson
6. Weston Peick
7. Blake Baggett
8. Justin Bogle
9. Christian Craig
10. Matt Bisceglia
11. Justin Hoeft
12. Dakota Alix
13. Henry Miller
14. Dylan Merriam
15. Tommy Weeck
16. Tyler Bowers
17. Benny Bloss
18. Heath Harrison
19. Chris Alldredge
20. Fredrik Noren

Washougal 450 Moto 2
Davalos continued his string of solid racing with a holeshot in Moto 2. Just like he was in Moto 1, Bogle was right behind in second place at the start of the race. Behind them were the top three in points —Baggett, Musquin and Tomac — to round out the top five.

In the opening laps of the race, Musquin and Tomac moved into second and third, respectively, after passing Baggett and then Bogle. With all the battling going on behind him, Davalos had managed to get his lead up to around three seconds by this point.

It was only a matter of time until the heavy hitters closed in on Davalos. Seven minutes into the race, Musquin got around the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider to take away the lead. Then two minutes later, Tomac overtook Davalos for second but found himself several seconds behind Musquin.

Similar to the first moto, Musquin was able to open up a solid lead over Tomac. They once again went 1-2, with Musquin finishing more than 11 seconds in front. Musquin (1-1) and Tomac (2-2) also went 1-2 on the overall podium.

Davalos held on for third place, the best moto finish of his rookie 450MX season. He also landed on the overall 450 podium (with 4-3 moto finishes) for the first time. His only other Lucas Oil Pro Motocross podium appearance came in the 250 Class way back in July of 2008.

Baggett took fourth, Seely finished top five for the fourth time in the last six motos, and Wilson kept his streak of top 10s alive with a sixth-place finish.

While Tomac was unable to win either moto, he was able to increase his championship lead over Baggett, who continues to struggle with a torn ligament in his thumb. Tomac's advantage now sits at 32 points over Baggett with three rounds remaining.

1. Marvin Musquin
2. Eli Tomac
3. Martin Davalos
4. Blake Baggett
5. Cole Seely
6. Dean Wilson
7. Fredrik Noren
8. Weston Peick
9. Christian Craig
10. Justin Bogle
11. Benny Bloss
12. Dakota Alix
13. Henry Miller
14. Justin Hoeft
15. Tommy Weeck
16. Dylan Merriam
17. Toshiki Tomita
18. Josh Mosiman
19. Tyler Bowers
20. Brandon Scharer

450 Class Overall Results
1. Marvin Musquin (1-1), 50 pts.
2. Eli Tomac (2-2), 44 pts.
3. Martin Davalos (4-3), 38 pts.
4. Cole Seely (3-5), 36 pts.
5. Blake Baggett (7-4), 32 pts.
6. Dean Wilson (5-6), 31 pts.
7. Weston Peick (6-8), 28 pts.
8. Christian Craig (9-9), 24 pts.
9. Justin Bogle (8-10), 24 pts.
10. Dakota Alix (12-12), 18 pts.
11. Justin Hoeft (11-14), 17 pts.
12. Henry Miller (13-13), 16 pts.
13. Fredrik Noren (20-7), 15 pts.
14. Benny Bloss (17-11), 14 pts.
15. Tommy Weeck (15-15), 12 pts.
16. Dylan Merriam (14-16), 12 pts.
17. Matt Bisceglia (10-35), 11 pts.
18. Tyler Bowers (16-19), 7 pts.
19. Toshiki Tomita (21-17), 4 pts.
20. Josh Mosiman (29-18), 3 pts.