The final “important” offseason Supercross race, the 2016 Geneva SX, is officially underway as the Palexpo center near the European metropolis. A very innovative track has been built on the floor of the multi-use venue, and the creative use of space with obstacles and layout kept riders on edge during the first practice laps on Friday afternoon. Since the event is two consecutive nights of racing, it’ll be interesting to see how racers manage their intensity in this last test before the new year.
2016 Geneva SX | Friday Practice Report | SX1 Class
Marvin Musquin’s run of excellent in these special events continues and today he clocked the quickest lap of anyone in the field. As a Red Bull KTM factory rider, it certainly helps that Musquin is aboard a nearly identical bike to one he rides in the United States, while all of his usual competition is aboard borrowed machinery.
Malcolm Stewart has spent a considerable amount of time overseas in the last few months and this weekend will be his final European event until next year. Aboard a Honda CRF450R that is modestly modified with parts from GEICO Honda, Stewart was second fastest in the afternoon session.
This weekend marks the return of Arnaud Tonus to European competition, as he is racing in front of his home crowd aboard a new Wilvo Yamaha YZ450F. A talented Supercross rider, Tonus was third on the clock in qualifying.
The Geneva SX is a part of the larger French SX tour and currently championship leader Cedric Souyberas held his own against the international field in the practice sessions. The Suzuki-mounted rider could be a spoiler to the Americans this weekend, and the same goes for his teammate Thomas Rammette.
Practice did not go well for Justin Barcia, as an early crash tweaked his AutoTrader/Monster Energy/Toyota/Suzuki. After some quick repairs by the mechanic, Barcia was back on the track but did not quite have the flow of the others. His best lap put him eleventh overall in the class.
2016 Geneva SX | Friday Practice Report | SX2 Class
The SX2 class of the French SX Tour has been incredible over the last few weeks, thanks to the close competition from Yannis Irsuti, Thomas Do, Brian Hsu, and Florent Richier. This group again took over the top spots in the Friday afternoon qualifying sessions and will no doubt battle for the win later this evening.