Last weekend in Oakland, a pretty controversial pass happened between Jason Anderson and Marvin Musquin, which caused Musquin to crash. Given that these two train together, one of the biggest storylines for the entirety of last week is: what is their relationship like?

I tried to ask Anderson about it after Oakland last weekend, but he denied to answer, and then was quickly swept away by Feld. So, given that the two both finished on the podium last weekend in San Diego, I just had to ask the question! Here it is:

Moto Now: There was a controversial pass last weekend. Given you guys train together, did you guys talk about that at all? What are your feelings on that pass? What is your current relationship like right now? 

Anderson: I think we’re just competitive, and it comes out on the track. Sometimes we get a little too far ahead of ourselves. In Oakland, it was honestly my bad… I just was trying to go forward. Obviously, it’s not good between us. At the same time, I want to be battling with Marv. I don’t want to take him down, but I just get ahead of myself in the heat of the moment. It’s hard to put it into words.

Musquin: I was in a good position in Oakland and obviously I didn’t expect it. I didn’t hear Jason [behind me]. I was going off the turn and I couldn’t do anything. For sure, when you’re in a good position in a main like that running third and you go down, it’s a bummer. [In terms of] my thoughts, we’re both racing. I feel like at the end of the whoops tonight, I could have sent Jason over the berm, but I didn’t. It’s not really my style. One day if I have to, I will. Definitely the situation is not the same, but we’re fighting for the championship. That’s the way it is. It’s not a big deal.

Anderson: Basically, he owes me one.

Are you still working out together after last week?

Anderson: Aldon wasn’t in California this week. Usually we kind of do our own things whenever Aldon’s not there. We do our own gym program and stuff like that, because Marv lives in Corona and I live in San Diego, so not this week. But once we get back to Florida, I’m sure we’ll be hanging out a little bit.

Musquin: I will have to ask Aldon to have two separate gyms (laughs). No, I’m joking.

I’m pretty happy with the honesty and professionalism both riders exhibited. Clearly things aren’t super rosy between them, but they are able to move on (Marvin even congratulated Jason right after the race win in San Diego). Kudos to these guys for answering openly and honestly.

As a side note, Blake Baggett was pretty funny in response to this drama. He snuck in some snide comments, such as: “they’re not going to dinner later,” or “they’re lumberjacks just sawing off front wheels” when referring to the drama. Baggett is showcasing a sense of humor!

Scott Yargeau

I grew up racing motocross in a small town in Canada, and I now work as a mathematician in New York City. Combining my two passions, I'm excited to apply my skills in data analysis to the sport to produce stats-based race reports and projections.

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