We had a chance to catch up with Red Bull/KTM’s Marvin Musquin the other day at Competitive Edge to discuss his expectations for the upcoming rounds of the outdoor nationals. Marvin also let us know how his hand injury has been, and what changes he makes for the Supercross to Motocross transition.
By: Casey Davis
Being only two rounds deep into outdoors, has everything turned out the way you thought it would for you?
Well I’m first off happy to be riding, considering I injured my hand at the Salt Lake City Supercross round. I didn’t think the injury was that serious, so I went ahead and raced the Vegas Supercross round. The following morning I went into surgery to have a plate put in my left hand by Dr. Alexander. After the surgery I had two weeks of rehab and had only rode once before Hangtown to make sure my hand wouldn’t hurt too bad for the race. So not exactly what the team and I had planned for.
How are you expecting to do at the upcoming rounds?
My goal is to be up on the podium. Like I said I really had no practice time for Hangtown, and just a little for Freestone, so I feel like I’m improving now. I know I lost out on some good points for the championship early on, so I really want to make up for those results soon.
Your hand was injured last year at Freestone. How is it holding up now?
It’s pretty much 100% now. The bones really only took about a week and a half to get better, so now I can really start training hard and putting in good motos for practice during the week. Dr. Alexander did a great job putting the plates and screws in during the surgery.
Have you or your team as a whole, been faced with problems of any sort?
Not really. The only thing that slowed all of us down was basically my injuries. This is the second year for the Red Bull/KTM team and everything has been great. For the 2012 Supercross season I had no DNF’s, which is huge, and thus far in the outdoor series, Roczen and Dungey have done great, finishing every moto in a good position.
Have you been pleased with your results thus far in the series?
Considering my injury, I guess I have done okay. Obviously not where I planned to be a few months ago, but I think with time I’ll make it happen.
The 250 class is incredibly competitive and aggressive. What do you think about the competition between all of you guys?
It’s pretty exciting. I think no matter what team you’re on, you have a a huge chance of winning these days. All of the bikes, riders and teams are so well put together and so competitive, theres really no one team that will stand out over the rest each weekend. The competition is crazy.
Since Supercross has ended, do you make any changes to your training program to prepare for outdoors?
Obviously the injury was a set back, but I really tried to do as much as I could fitness wise, which wasn’t much, to try to stay in shape. I was pretty limited to what I was able to do, so I just did what I could. I do make minor changes to my diet as well. Roger Decoster and his wife Karina have been a huge help in that area for me.