A New King Is Crowned: Brayton Wins Night Two But Musquin Takes Geneva

A New King Is Crowned: Brayton Wins Night Two But Musquin Takes Geneva

Photos: Chris Kimball

The Geneva Supercross came to a close Saturday, as the PalExpo Arena hosted the second night of racing in Geneva, Switzerland, with the King of Geneva crown on the line. Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin was undeniably a favorite after winning night one, but with the reigning king, JGRMX’s Justin Brayton, not wanting to give up his throne without a fight, and with the speedy Wil Hahn, Malcolm Stewart, and Gregory Aranda all thrown into the mix, Saturday night proved to be even better than the first.

SX1

Heat One
The night kicked off on Saturday with GEICO Honda’s Wil Hahn getting the jump off the gate and grabbing the first holeshot of SX1 competition, with JGRMX’s Justin Brayton rounding the first corner in second and Gregory Aranda in third. Brayton quickly went to work on the Honda rider in the short 12-lap heat race, taking over the lead position early and putting distance between himself and Hahn to ensure the win. Hahn took second and Aranda crossed the line in third.

1. Justin Brayton
2. Wil Hahn
3. Gregory Aranda
4. Loic Rombaut
5. Matteo Bonini
6. Angelo Pellegrini
7. Julien Bill
8. Jason Clermont
9. Yohan Lafont
10. Ludovic Macler
11. Romain Biela
12. Kevin Ladrat

Heat Two
Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin picked up where he left off the night before, and the French rider rocketed off the gate and lead the way into the first corner in heat two, with fellow Frenchman Fabien Izoird in second, and TLD/Lucas Oil/MAVTV/Honda’s Malcolm Stewart in third. Stewart made his way past Izoird, inching his way closer to the rear fender of Musquin’s KTM 350SX-F, and after blitzing the whoops in stunning fashion Stewart overtook the lead bringing the Swiss crowd to their feet. A stubborn Musquin wasn’t ready to surrender the position uncontested, and the two traded back and forth providing Geneva with the best racing action of the two-day event. Stewart’s speed through the whoops eventually allowed him to put some distance between himself and second place, and when the checkered flag waved Stewart lit the candles and took the win. Musquin finished in second and Izoird in third.

1. Malcolm Stewart
2. Marvin Musquin
3. Fabien Izoird
4. Tyler Bowers
5. Borris Maillard
6. Thomas Ramette
7. Kevin Ballanger
8. Charles Lefrancois
9. Alexandre Rouis
10. Cedric Mannevy
11. Morgan Jacquelin

LCQ

1. Jason Clermont
2. Charles Lefrancois
3. Alexandre Rouis
4. Kevin Ballanger
5. Ludovic Macler

Final
With the last win of the weekend on the line, the entire gate barreled into the tight first corner nearly all at once, causing several riders to be pushed wide and off the track, while Marvin Musquin slid through safely on the inside to steal the holeshot and the lead. Malcolm Stewart managed to get through the pileup in second, Gregory Aranda in third, and Justin Brayton in fourth. Unfortunately for Stewart and Aranda, early mistakes from both allowed Brayton to take over second with ease and focus his attention on the race leader. Clearly determined by his previous night’s misfortune, Brayton made his battle with Musquin short but sweet, seizing first place and finishing up his weekend with a flawless performance and the final race win. Musquin crossed the line in second and Stewart grabbed third. The second place effort by Musquin was more than enough to secure the two-night overall, and a new King of Geneva was crowned as Musquin walked away with Switzerland’s top honors.

1. Justin Brayton
2. Marvin Musquin
3. Malcolm Stewart
4. Wil Hahn
5. Gregory Aranda
6. Angelo Pellegrini
7. Fabien Izoird
8. Boris Maillard
9. Matteo Bonini
10. Kevin Ballanger
11. Tyler Bowers
12. Jason France
13. Sulivan Jaulin
14. Julien Bill
15. Loic Rombaut
16. Ludovic Macler
17. Alexandre Rouis
18. Charles Lefrancois
19. Thomas Ramette

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