Night one of racing in Switzerland for the 2017 Geneva SX has come to a close and the fans that packed the Palexpo were treated to a number of battles in both divisions. Plenty of attention was paid to the SX1 division, as the full-time French SX Tour were up against wildcard entries Marvin Musquin, Jason Anderson, and Justin Brayton, but there’s plenty to see in the SX2 ranks.
Here’s a quick rundown of the main event races and the results, but if you need more, you can see the full event reply now with the archived live stream. Check back on Saturday for more race coverage…
2017 Geneva SX | SX1 Night OneMarvin Musquin and Jason Anderson set themselves apart from the field practically from the moment the gate hit the rocky dirt, as the US-based duo immediately went to the front of the pack and stayed clear of the competition for the full duration of the race. Although Musquin and Anderson are training partners, the two riders went at it in the very early stages, with Anderson forcing his Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna in front of Musquin’s Red Bull KTM repeatedly for the top spot. Musquin waited for the right opportunity to retaliate and snuck back into the lead before too long. While Musquin clicked off laps in control of the field, Anderson put in a late charge and was again in the hunt during the final moments of the moto. Lapped riders had an impact on the last few laps, as Musquin managed to slice through the slower riders while Anderson had some struggles. They would cross the line within a few seconds of each other, with Musquin taking the win. Brayton, meanwhile, diced with the competition in the early laps and finally flew free of the others within a few minutes. Unfortunately, it was too late for the SmarTop/MotoConcepts/Honda rider to mount an attack and he settled into third place. After the race, he stated that a poor line choice before the whoops had a large impact on his lap times.
Cedric Soubeyras managed to best his normal rivals and since the finishers ahead of him are not a Full-time SX Tour competitors, the Suzuki rider was dubbed the top finisher of his series and scored full points towards the championship.
2017 Geneva SX | SX2 Night OneThomas Do seemed set to take the main event win as the French rider ran clear of his competition for the majority of the race, but in the closing laps, a large piece of plastic from the track marker barriers became entangled in the rear wheel of his Honda CRF250R. It was clear that Do backed down his pace to make it to the finish line and in the final few moments, Nicolas Decourt closed in and pulled even with the leader. The last laps were a thriller, with Do in damage control and Decourt doing all that he could to take the win. The key moment came just before the finish, as Decourt inched ahead and stole away the victory.
Do’s second-place finish was still very solid, though, as he is now tied in points with fierce rival Yannis Irsuit for the SX2 title in the French SX Tour as they near the end of the season.