Thor’s Marvin Musquin had been riding consistent all year, and on Saturday that consistency helped him win the overall 250MX race at Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tenn. Fellow Thor rider Blake Baggett’s pass for third late in Moto 2 helped Musquin, who was sporting the easy-to-spot Phase Vented Warp Yellow kit, secure his second career 250MX overall victory with 2-2 moto scores. After three completed rounds, Musquin sits third in the championship standings.
Blake Baggett also put together two consistent moto scores of 3-3, giving him enough points to finish fourth overall. Even though he’s not back to 100 percent, the reigning 250MX champ showed a bit of the late-race charge that he’s known for and continued to look stronger in the hot race conditions.
In the 450MX class, Villopoto collected his fifth-straight moto victory with the Moto 1 win. The second moto started out on the right note with Villopoto in the lead, but went down during the opening lap and remounting in 16th. He put on a charge with over 30 minutes to use in his bid to the front, eventually coming away with a fourth-place finish. His 1-4 moto scores still placed him on the podium in third overall and maintained the points lead by a double digit margin.
Josh Grant’s day started well as he posted the fastest time in both practice sessions and earned the top qualifier award. He got out to a mid-pack start in the opening moto and worked his way through the pack to finish with his best result of the season in seventh.
450MX rider Tyla Rattray also had a good first moto finishing 11th. On the short and narrow first turn of Moto 2, Rattray was caught up in a pile up and his bike was damaged enough to end his day earlier than expected. He finished 17th overall.
The 250MX riders faced the hottest moto of the day during Moto 2, but that didn’t stop Martin Davalos from posting a great eighth-place finish. His combined 13-8 scores placed him just outside the top 10 in 11th.
Rookie Justin Hill also had a better second moto, finishing 14th overall with a 16-14. Returning from a week off to help his injured leg strengthen, Thor’s Darryn Durham put in a heart-felt effort despite the painful injury and scored 17th overall with a 14-17.
The series will head to High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris, Pa. this Saturday for its fourth round before getting a well-deserved weekend break.
Photos: Simon Cudby