The Monster Energy Cup has already come and gone, and this time, the Monster Million was claimed!
The biggest news story of the night is most definitely Marvin Musquin winning all 3 races and with it the aforementioned prize money. His main competitor, Eli Tomac, crashed out early on in the opening race of the night, giving Musquin a clear path to the million.
Before Tomac’s crash, Marvin had already solidified a pass on Tomac though. The two were battling in the opening lap with block passes on one another before Musquin finally stuck the lead. At that point, Musquin started consistently laying down fast laps, pressuring Tomac behind him to do the same. Whether the pace was too much, or whether it was simply a mental-lapse, Tomac lost traction exiting Monster Alley and high-sided off the bike; that would be the end of his night.
After that, the racing was pretty predictable. Musquin got great starts and led every lap in the following two races. Jason Anderson coasted in for straight 2nds, followed by his teammate Dean Wilson for 3rd. In fact, the top 5 were basically the same every race: Musquin and Anderson followed by Wilson, Broc Tickle, and Jordon Smith (note: Barcia snuck in for a top 5 once in the final race, breaking this pattern).
Other than Tomac’s crash, there were a few other injuries in the night. The opening race was actually red-flagged after a vicious get-off by Justin Bogle in the long rhythm section. Bogle was knocked-out after colliding with a rider in the air, but was able to regain consciousness and walk-off the track under his own power. In that same section, European rider Tim Gajser had a nasty crash as well: tagging the first triple in and endoing the ensuing jump. Gajser appeared to be somewhat hurt, but eventually was helped off the track.
Here are the official results:MCF3POINTS
Kinda a boring night of racing right? I’m glad we got to see some supercross action, but this has to be one of the least exciting Monster Cups ever. Tomac crashed out early, Gajser wasn’t as good as expected (and then crashed out too), and Musquin walked away with it. Really, the only good racing was between Dean Wilson and Justin Barcia in the 2nd race for a top 5 (but come on, that was only for 5th!).
I think Musquin’s and Anderson’s results were to be expected. Heading into the night, it was kinda an unknown as to who would be the riders to follow though. Well, Dean Wilson proved throughout the night that he was the third best. This is a huge turn-around from where he was a year ago, so you have to be happy and proud for this guy! A podium is a huge cause of celebration for him.
Another pleasant surprise throughout the night was Broc Tickle. Tickle was making his debut onboard the Red Bull KTM, and he looked smooth, confident, and aggressive all night. That’s going to be a motivating ride for him entering the grueling pre-supercross off-season.
Cover photo from MX VICE (Twitter: @motocrossvice)