2016 Paris-Lille SX | Race Report

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COMPLETE COVERAGE | 2016 PARIS-LILLE SX

After two nights of racing at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, the 2016 Paris-Lille SX has concluded. The French event has long been one of the top races of the offseason schedule and this year’s running saw a national racing hero dominate. Marvin Musquin mastered the soft and technical track built inside the soccer stadium and for the first time in his career claimed the King of Paris-Lille honors. The Red Bull KTM rider faced familiar foes in Americans Justin Barcia, Christian Craig, and Malcolm Stewart, and this group claimed four of the spots in the top-five.

Although Marvin Musquin is a multi-time Prince of Paris-Bercy (the race was originally run in Bercy neighborhood of the metropolis before a move to the northern part of the country in 2014), his history in the premier class at the race were not so sweet, like in 2013 when a torn ACL delayed his debut in the United States. But all of that was out of mind for Musquin over the two nights, as he won both of his heat races, clocked the quickest laps in the SuperPole exhibition, and dominated both main events. This clean sweep of the weekend was more than enough to give him the King of Paris-Lille title for the first time in his career.

The race marked the competition debut for Justin Barcia on his new Suzuki steed. Since the AutoTrader.com/Monster Energy/Toyota/Suzuki team had very limited testing time on the yellow bike before Barcia went abroad, the former King of Lille was on a mostly stock machine. There were a few key modifications, like SX-spec suspension, race tires, an exhaust pipe, and reworked head and cam, but Barcia told us after the event that the laps helped him learn even more about his new machine. In typical BamBam fashion, he exchanged block passes with a few riders in the field (Saturday night’s heat race with Cedric Soubeyras was a highlight of the weekend) and claimed second overall with consistent two-two scores in both main events.

Christian Craig’s inclusion into the event was a popular decision to the French fans, as the GEICO Honda rider’s father raced Bercy back in the day and Craig brought riding coach David Vuillemin along for the weekend (with overall victories to his credit, Vuillemin is the winningest rider in the event’s history). Craig looked comfortable on a mostly stock Honda CRF450R (suspension, bars, clamps, and an exhaust were the only hop-up parts brought along) and at times matched the pace set by Musquin. Poor starts on Saturday night’s main event shuffled him deep in the field but he fought back to finish sixth place. Sunday night showed plenty of improvement, with Craig taking third place in the main event. This finish was critical for his final score and pushed him to third overall on the weekend.

Frenchman Cedric Soubeyras showed plenty of Supercross skill over the two nights. The Suzuki-mounted rider was Justin Barcia’s biggest rival in both heat races and did not shy away from scrapping plastics with the aggressive American. His main event finishes were equal parts impressive and consistent, as two fourth place finishes gave him third overall for the weekend. Since Lille is a part of the French SX tour, don’t be surprised if Soubeyras takes the title at the end of the winter.

Malcolm Stewart continued his run of offseason SX races with Lille and aside from the SEVEN MX graphics on his borrowed Honda CRF450R, his bike was nearly identical to Christian Craig’s (GEICO Honda has loaned Stewart some parts for the few races in Europe). The 250 East Coast SX champion was one of the faster riders through the weekend, as he posted the second fastest laps in the SuperPole exhibition on both nights and worked up to second place in Sunday’s main event until his rear brake lever caught one of the deep ruts midway through the moto. This pushed him back to finish place at the finish and fourth place overall for the weekend.

Riders in the MXGP have turned up at recent European Supercross races and the lineup at Lille included Romain Febvre, Tommy Searle, and Jordi Tixier. Even with limited testing time, the three riders adapted to the specialized disciplne quite well but had their share of issues over the two nights. Febvre went down in Friday’s practice session and this seemed to stay over his riding for the rest of the weekend. Searle had a mechanical issue on Sunday night, then made the main event via the LCQ. Tixier was claimed by the whoops during both nights, and the second crash marked the end of his weekend. Tixier managed to escape both crashes without serious injury.

2016 Paris-Lille SX | SX1 Night One Main Event Results

1. Marvin Musquin
2. Justin Barcia
3. Malcolm Stewart
4. Cedric Soubeyras
5. Christian Craig
6. Thomas Ramette
7. Jordi Tixier
8. Cyrille Coulon
9. Fabien Izoird
10. Simon Mallet
11. Romain Febvre
12. Tommy Searle
13. Adrien Escoffier
14. Xaiver Boog
15. Maxime Desprey
16. Valentin Teillet

2016 Paris-Lille SX | SX1 Night Two Main Event Results

1. Marvin Musquin
2. Justin Barcia
3. Christian Craig
4. Cedric Soubeyras
5. Valentin Teillet
6. Malcolm Stewart
7. Cyrille Coulon
8. Fabien Izoird
9. Tommy Searle
10. Adrien Escoffier
11. Kevin Ballanger
12. Loic Rombaut
13. Romain Febvre
14. Thomas Ramette

2016 Paris-Lille SX | SX1 Overall Results

1. Marvin Musquin
2. Justin Barcia
3. Christian Craig
4. Cedric Soubeyras
5. Malcolm Stewart
6. Cyrille Coulon
7. Fabien Izoird
8. Thomas Ramette
9. Valentin Teillet
10. Tommy Searle

2016 Paris-Lille SX | SX2 Night One Main Event Results

1. Florent Richier
2. Thomas Do
3. Yannis Irsuti
4. Anthony Bordoun
5. Gaetan Le Hir
6. Nicolas Barcelo
7. Perrie Lozzi
8. Robin Kappel
9. Lucas Imbert
10. Amaud Aubin
11. Brian Hsu
12. Ryan Surratt
13. Calvin Fonvieille
14. Jean Baptiste Marrone
15. Jake Nichols
16. Dan Houzet

2016 Paris-Lille SX | SX2 Night Two Main Event Results

1. Brian Hsu
2. Florent Richier
3. Yannis Irsuti
4. Gaetan Le Hir
5. Amaud Aubin
6. Perrie Lozzi
7. Thomas Do
8. Anthony Bordoun
9. Lorenzo Camporese
10. Robin Kappel
11. Calvin Fonvieille
12. Ryan Surratt
13. Lucas Imbert
14. Julien Roussaly
15. Nicolas Barcelo

2016 Paris-Lille SX | SX2 Overall Results

1. Florent Richier
2. Yannis Irsuti
3. Gaetan Le Hir