The big news of the 2017 High Point MX was the injury that Marvin Musquin sustained just before round four of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Per talk in the paddock, Musquin hurt something in his left knee during a practice session at the Baker’s Factory in Florida. Since Musquin came into the weekend as the point leader in the 450 class, the decision was made to put in as good a ride as possible in an effort to salvage points. This was evident early in the day when Musquin ranked sixteenth overall in the morning’s timed qualifying and seemed to struggle to a sixteenth place finish in moto one. Musquin’s riding style was noticeably impacted, because he kept his feet locked to the pegs as much as possible on the technical track, even in the turns. His ride in moto two was greatly improved with a sixth place finish that boosted him to eleventh overall. With this, he is now second overall in the championship and trails new leader Blake Baggett by eight points.
After the race, Red Bull KTM issued a press release that confirmed the injury as a torn meniscus in his left knee, in which Musquin stated, “This week was all about salvaging points in the championship. I hurt my left knee so knew it was going to be tough coming into High Point especially since we were coming in with the red plate. I had to ride both races with my feet on the pegs basically unable to put my left leg out which obviously restricted what I was able to do on the track, it was tough. But I gave it everything I had and we leave here second in points so it could have been a lot worse. I guess the next few weeks will be about salvaging points and I will just keep trying to do my best.”