Monday Kickstart : November 19th, 2012


With his first full season in the States now complete, Marvin Musquin has a mountain of events to look back on. A good yet difficult at times Supercross season led into the summer, which came with its own list of issues and accomplishments. Musquin quietly began the season with a broken and plated hand, but by August the Frenchman had claimed an overall win at Unadilla. Numerous podium finishes, fast laps, and said win make Marvin’s first full season a success.

Now that you are back in the States after your time in Europe for the des Nations, how are things going?

Really good! Me and Mathilde are really happy to be back. We really enjoyed the time off after the Motocross of Nations in Europe and we stayed in France, but we are definitely happy to be back here since the weather is nice here and this is where we live. We have everything for training and that is why I like it here. I just miss my friends and family, but otherwise everything is going good. I just started riding the new bike and it is really awesome. I am looking forward to next year.

We haven’t seen you since des Nations because you have been staying low key, but how did your year go?

I would say 50-percent of my goal. In Supercross, it went pretty good and I had a couple of good races, but I had just one or two DNFs. Outdoors, I started the season with a hand injury and the first few rounds were tough for me. I was getting better and better at the races, so it was tough. I finally got a win at Unadilla and then a podium. Before Unadilla, I had a couple of good races but no overall podiums. This season, with the riders going really fast, was tough. Motocross was so-so and Supercross was better.

Were you overwhelmed at all by your first full season in the United States, or was it pretty much what you expected?

It is hard to say. Last year I was injured and I only raced a couple of outdoors, and Supercross was new to me in America. I’m pretty happy with what I have done, because a couple of second places are pretty good. I feel like I have good speed and good bikes, but outdoors, I didn’t expect this level. Tomac, Baggett, and Barcia were really fast but I am looking for next year to get stronger. That is what I need, to get stronger, because outdoors is tough with the heat.

And that is something you are not used to, like the humidity.

The humidity is not bad in Europe, so that was tough, but there are no excuses. That is why I am here.

How did winning Unadilla feel and was that a milestone for your career?

It was a really good day and I enjoyed it. The track was so fun and technical, rutted and wet in the morning. In the first moto, I ended up second behind Kenny (Roczen) and for the first win of the summer was great, but I felt like I was capable to win that moto. In the beginning of the motos, I was too shy and Kenny passed me and got the lead early. I was in third and I knew that Tomac and Barcia were in front of me, but in the first moto, they were out of the top five. I knew it was going to be good for the overall, and it was really nice to get the overall. But, I didn’t get any moto wins and got the overall. It is kind of weird, but I’ll take it.

How did the des Nations go for you?

I was really looking forward to it, even though it had been a long time since I had ridden sand, around two years. Unfortunately, it was a really tough day and I was not riding like I used to in the sand. I was tight and fighting, but I crashed in both motos. I tried my best, but I was more fighting with myself. That was not a good feeling. Team France rode really good and we were on the podium before the end, but that is the des Nations; anything can happen.

You got to stay in Europe for a bit after the race to have surgery, and for the most part it was the first time your friends and family got to see you and Mathilde since being married. How was that?

That was cool, but we plan to do a wedding in France with our families. We got married here in the US. Maybe next year or something. It was weird, because no one was here, but my family is happy for us. It was good to be back in France to see everybody. Home is home, but now we are living here. It is easier for us to be here.

You have the plate out of your hand that was in at the start of the Nationals, have been home from France for a few weeks, and have been on the new bike. Have you set expectations for 2013 yet and do you know what coast you will be riding?

I’m not sure on the coast yet. Kenny got back in California last week and is just starting to get riding. I have been on the bike for a few weeks and I feel good, but I don’t know which coast. The goal next year is to win. We have a really good bike, the team is strong, and I am really focused on practicing to get stronger and faster.

You are resigned to KTM for 2013 and 2014. Does that allow you to ride without the pressure of looking for a team?

In Europe, I signed for two years and here I signed for two years. I don’t want to say that it is normal, but when I look at other riders I am like, “Damn, I am not lucky, but I think I deserve it.” I have to enjoy it and work hard. When I look at Inside the Outdoors and the first episode, I am like, “Wow.” It is tough for riders, but that is the truth. I am really happy and want to do good for myself and the people working with me.