2016 Geneva SX | Saturday Race Report

Final night of racing in Switzerland

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COMPLETE COVERAGE | 2016 GENEVA SX

After two nights of incredible racing, the 2016 Geneva SX has come to a close. Fans packed into the Palexpo building on Saturday evening and were kept on the edges of their seats with the skills displayed by the international field of riders in the SX1 and SX2 classes. For the domestic riders, this was the end of the French SX Tour, while it was just the start of the Supercross season for the American-based visitors. If these races are any sort of indication for what we can expect from Musquin, Brayton, Stewart and Barcia in 2017, we’re in for a hell of a year.

SX1 SATURDAY MAIN EVENT RACE REPORT

Justin Brayton ushered the field to the first turn and sprinted away from the competition in the opening moments. With clutch issues from Friday night figured out, Brayton floated his SmarTop/MotoConcepts Honda machine with ease over the obstacles ahead of night one winner Marvin Musquin. As the laps clicked off, the gap between the two multi-time “Kings of Geneva” closed and near the halfway point, they were neck and neck around the tight track. A few mistakes came from running at such a high pace, like Musquin’s off-track excursion after a pass for the top spot, but the two settled into a solid pace on the final laps. Musquin took advantage of the slower lapped traffic and this helped him inch away with the win and his third King of Geneva title.

Just a few feet further back in the field, an epic war between Malcolm Stewart and Justin Barcia drew plenty of attention. The duel started with a couple of close passes, but as the intensity increased, so did the contact. The two riders rammed into each other repeatedly around the track, with the last push coming in the final turn. Stewart managed to come out of the collision slightly better and his third place finish gave him third overall on the weekend.

An early run-in with another rider left Cedric Soubeyras without a clutch lever in the main event, but that was not enough to stop the Suzuki rider. After a solid run to the checkered flag in fifth place, Soubeyras claimed the SX1 championship over Thomas Ramette and Cyrille Coulon.

SX1 SATURDAY MAIN EVENT RACE RESULTS

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2016 GENEVA SX | SX1 OVERALL RESULTS

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2016 FRENCH SX TOUR SX1 CHAMPIONSHIP

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SX2 SATURDAY MAIN EVENT RACE REPORT

In a similar scenario to Friday night, Morgan Lesardio set the tempo in the early laps of the SX2 main event and he came under fire from others in the field. The battle for the lead between Lesardio and Anthony Bourdon showed the expert race craft that both young riders have honed over years of racing and by the end of the fight, Bourdon had wrestled away the win with Lesardio coming in second. The 2-2 scores on the weekend were the perfect consistency needed for the overall, and on the podium Lesardio was awarded the Prince of Geneva honors.

Florent Richier rounded out the podium in the SX2 main event and this was more than enough for the veteran racer to clinch the championship in the French SX tour.

SX1 SATURDAY MAIN EVENT RACE RESULTS

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2016 GENEVA SX | SX2 OVERALL RESULTS

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2016 FRENCH SX TOUR SX2 CHAMPIONSHIP

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