Night one of the 2016 Geneva SX has wrapped up at the Palexpo in Switzerland and we must say, it was an incredible start to the weekend. As the final weekend of the French SX tour, there are already two championships up for grabs in the SX1 (450) and SX2 (250) divisions, but that isn’t stopping the wild card racers who have lined up for just these two main events. In the SX2 class, old and new rivalries are starting to show for spots at the front of the pack, and the competitors pushed to take every position on the track. In the SX1 class, meanwhile, the dense crowd of passionate fans were treated to one of the best main events in recent memory. But that’s enough hype, read on for more details…
SX1 FRIDAY MAIN EVENT RACE REPORT
Marvin Musquin led the field to the first turn, but a collision with another person in the chicane section halted the Red Bull KTM rider and buried him deep down the field. With this, Justin Barcia pushed his AutoTrader/Monster Energy/Toyota/JGRMX/Suzuki to the front of the pack and controlled the opening laps of the timed main event. As Barcia led, the talented group of MotoConcept Racing’s Justin Brayton, GEICO Honda-backed Malcolm Stewart, and Musquin all upped their intensity and soon were on Barcia’s back wheel. This turned into a four-rider fight for the top spot, with a number of passes swapped around the tight and technical track that brought the Swiss fans to their feet. By the end of the exchange, Musquin was into first place and later under fire from Stewart. A final fight between the two to the checkered flag was cut short by a pack of lapped riders, which Musquin managed to slice through while Stewart was slowed in the traffic. Brayton ultimately finished in third place and Barcia fourth.
SX2 FRIDAY RACE REPORT
Morgan Lesiardo surprised the SX2 field with a stellar start to the main event and for a considerable amount of time, the young rider was unpressured by championship contenders Thomas Do and Florent Richier. Lesiardo remained calm during Do’s numerous attacks for the top spot, but ultimately let the spot slip away after a very close pass while the duo raced up the face of one of the larger jumps on the track. With this move, Do dipped away and won the moto and Lesiardo stayed in second place until the finish. Richier, who was the incoming point leader in the championship, faced considerable competition from Brian Hsu and their fight for third place lasted until the last inches of track on the final lap. Richier managed to cross the stripe just ahead of Hsu and this points scored will likely be enough for him to clinch the title with ease on Saturday evening.