2017 Paris SX | Sunday Race Report

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Musquin Crowned King of Paris

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In what will likely go down as the best Paris Supercross in recent memory, the 2017 running of the event wrapped up in U Arena on Sunday afternoon with some exciting racing that had all on hand paying close attention to the on-track action. Though Red Bull KTM’s reigning King of Lille, Marvin Musquin, proved unstoppable in the main event, the fans were treated to some excellent racing with every drop of the gate. Scot Dean Wilson and Americans Cole Seely and Zach Osborne hung tough and kept Musquin honest; with Seely even winning the second SX1 Sprint race and becoming the only rider all weekend to pass Musquin straight up.

SX1 Sprint 1

To no one’s surprise, Musquin took control of the first sprint race of the day and led start-to-finish aboard his Frank Latham-tuned KTM 450 SX-F. Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna’s Osborne, however, stuck to the Frenchman’s wheel in the early stages of the race and kept him honest with pressure from behind that eventually waned at the finish. At the finish, Osborne was a little over a second back, ahead of Wilson and Seely, who suffered a poor start. After crashing during Saturday’s practice session and tweaking his right wrist, GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin sat out all of day one’s racing. He showed up ready to race on Sunday, though, and looked forward to getting some gate time before the start of the new season. Unfortunately, Martin crashed just after the finish line only a few laps into the first sprint race and retired with a badly bent machine. “I was hitting the sneaky low line on the side of the takeoff and I landed off the side of the track,” he said. “There were marbles out there and I just lost the back end as soon as I landed.” Uninjured any further, Martin lined up for the rest of the day’s events after his mechanic straightened everything out.

SX1 Sprint 1 Results

  1. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
  2. Zach Osborne (Hus)
  3. Dean Wilson (Hus)
  4. Cole Seely (Hon)
  5. Cedric Soubeyras (Suz)
  6. Fabien Izoird (Hon)
  7. RJ Hamshire (Hon)
  8. Adrien Escoffier (Hus)
  9. Cyrille Coulon (Suz)
  10. Nicolas Aubin (Suz)

SX1 Sprint 2

The number-25 machine rounded turn one with the lead in the final Sprint race of the night, but it would not be a walk in the park for Musquin as Seely had other ideas. Lap after lap, the Honda HRC rider hounded Musquin every time the duo navigated the treacherous whoop section. “I was faster than him in the whoops,” said Seely. “And I knew I had to make it happen there because the track is hard to pass on. So I just sent it one lap and passed him.” Once into the lead, Seely steadily inched away from Musquin, who enjoyed a meager lead over Wilson at the checkered flag. After a great showing in the first race of the day, Osborne was swamped at the start and could only recover to fourth.

SX1 Sprint 2 Results

  1. Cole Seely (Hon)
  2. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
  3. Dean Wilson (Hus)
  4. Zach Osborne (Hus)
  5. Cedric Soubeyras (Suz)
  6. Fabien Izoird (Hon)
  7. Jordi Tixier (KTM)
  8. Adrien Escoffier (Hus)
  9. Jeremy Martin (Hon)
  10. Cyrille Coulon (Suz)

SX2 Final

Thomas Do gated perfectly at the start of the SX2 final and led Nicolas Barcelo and Bowers through the opening lap. Saturday night’s winner Yannis Irsuti was mired at the start and began the 13-lap race in eighth place. Bowers took control of second on the second lap and set his sights on Do, who had already stretched out a decent lead. Bowers looked much more comfortable on his Bud Racing Kawasaki KX250F on Sunday than he did on day one, and it was obvious that he would overpower Do before the race’s end. Irsuti was also moving through the field, though he was far off the pace set by the lead duo. Bowers motored past on lap eight with little trouble and went on to extend his lead to four seconds at the finish. Do held on for second, while Irsuti charged all the way up to third, good enough to wrap up the Prince of Paris crown.

SX2 Final

  1. Tyler Bowers (Kaw)
  2. Thomas Do (Hon)
  3. Yannis Irsuti (Suz)
  4. Iker Larranaga Olano (Hus)
  5. Arnaud Aubin (Suz)
  6. Gaetan Le Hir (Hon)
  7. Nocilar Dercourt (Yam)
  8. Dan Houzet (KTM)
  9. Pierre Lozzi (Kaw)
  10. Nicolas Barcelo (Yam)

 

SX1 Final

Per usual, Musquin and his 450 SX-F led the field through the first turn, but the cheers from the crowd may have actually been because Seely was in second, in hor pursuit. For several laps, the Honda rider did everything he could to find his way past Musquin, but the leader had altered his approach in the whoops just enough to stay ahead, lap after lap. “I found that I could take both sides of the whoops,” said Musquin. “Cutting the corner tight left you no room to hit them fast, so I would jump through them at the start and gain good speed by the end. I knew Seely was faster than me, but the line was good and he was not able to pass.” As the race wore on, Musquin’s precise riding technique allowed him to inch away from Seely, and at the finish he enjoyed a comfortable lead and wrapped up the King of Paris crown.

Seely crossed the finish all alone in second, as he broke away from a hard-charging Wilson early on. His runner-up on Sunday – coupled with his come-from-behind fourth on night one – earned him second overall for the weekend, topping Wilson’s pair of thirds. Osborne got a terrible start and worked his way up to a distant fourth, just ahead of Martin, who rode solidly in spite of a weak wrist.

SX1 Final

  1. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
  2. Cole Seely (Hon)
  3. Dean Wilson (Hus)
  4. Zach Osborne (Hus)
  5. Jeremy Martin (Hon)
  6. Cedric Soubeyras (Suz)
  7. Jordi Tixier (KTM)
  8. Fabien Izoird (Hon)
  9. RJ Hampshire (Hon)
  10. Nicolas Aubin (Suz)

Superpole

  1. Marvin Musquin (42.786)
  2. Dean Wilson (42.918)
  3. Cole Seely (43.233)
  4. Cedric Soubeyras (44.421)
  5. Zach Osbonre (45.008)