Seattle Supercross: Marvin Musquin penalized, keeps win

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Marvin Musquin has been allowed to keep his win in Saturday’s Round 12 of Monster Energy Supercross at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, but was penalized seven points for jumping in a medical (red cross) flag segment of the track. The red cross was flying so that medical attention could be performed on Justin Brayton and Chad Reed.

“I was leading and all the nerves and excitement,” Musquin said at the time. “You can see on the video that right there I am slowing down, but then I’m jumping. We’ll see what’s going on with that, but nothing I can do right now.”

Under Section 4.16 of the AMA Supercross rulebook, riders must keep their wheels on the ground when they are going through a medical flag. For violating the rule, Musquin was penalized the points and purse equal to two positions in the final results, plus two points.

“Here’s the thing. As the red cross flag was coming out, I was rolling and I saw (Musquin) doubling through,” second-place finisher Ken Roczen said after the race. “And I was like, ‘Oh. That’s not ok.’ I knew right there and then. That’s when he gapped me quite a bit.”

Eli Tomac crossed under the checkers third.

Musquin’s penalty means that instead of cutting Cooper Webb’s points lead in half, he leaves Seattle 14 points back of him. It could be a critical moment in the 450SX championship, especially since Webb didn’t have a great night.

At the beginning of the Main, Webb was as far back as sixth on Lap 10. He continued to lose ground to the leader, but steadily began to pick up positions as the riders in front of him made mistakes. He finished a distant fourth – 8.673 seconds behind Tomac.

“It was a tough main event,” Webb said. “I’ve been really good on my starts and I didn’t execute, so it’s pretty frustrating.”

Joey Savatgy rounded out the top five.

During qualification, Roczen announced he has been battling with his energy level over the past two weeks.

On Lap 1 Chad Reed had a hard off his bike and was landed on by Kyle Chisholm.

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Points Standings

When Dylan Ferrandis found the rhythm to quadruple jump one on the straights, he shed the role of bridesmaid and earned his first career 250SX victory after finishing second four times already this season. He took the lead on Lap 3 from James Decotis, but when he looked over his shoulder one lap later it was the points leader Adam Cianciarulo chasing him.

Ferrandis stretched his advantage to nearly two seconds in the middle stage of the race, but Cianciarulo would not go away. The red plate loomed large in the closing laps and Ferrandis won by .571 seconds.

“It was crazy,” Ferrandis said on NBCSN. “It’s been a while since I led a race; AC (Adam Cianciarulo) was really fast. He pushed me. … I just tried not to make a mistake.”

“Congrats to Dylan,” Cianciarulo said afterward. “He’s been so close all year, and really just a world class rider.”

James Decotis emerged from a three-rider snarl on the first lap to take the early lead, but he could not hold it for long. Colt Nichols passed Decotis, but then dumped his bike in the rhythm section when he landed awkwardly on a second triple. Once the two points leaders got around, Decotis faded to a distant third, more than 22 seconds back.

Michael Mosiman and Chris Blose rounded out the top five.

The last time the riders were on the track in the East/West Showdown in Atlanta, Ferrandis finished second behind Cianciarulo.

Third in the points entering Seattle, Shane McElrath’s title hopes took a hit when it was announced just prior to Heat 2 that he would miss the night with a back injury. He was 17 points out of first and two points away from second.

Complete Results
Points Standings

450 Heat 1: After back-to-back features outside the top five, Ken Roczen scored his fourth heat win of the year. … Marvin Musquin emerged victorious during a handlebar-to-handlebar battle with Blake Baggett in the opening laps to finish second. … Zach Osborne rounded out the top three after Baggett faded to fifth at the checkers.

450 Heat 2: Cooper Webb struggled in qualification (11th), but as he’s shown on several occasions this season, he found his rhythm when it mattered most. He grabbed the holeshot and led flag to flag. … Eli Tomac made him work for it, pressuring Webb for the entire heat. The difference came in the whoops, where Webb jumped effortlessly through them as Tomac tried to blitz. Tomac consistently lost momentum at the end of the straight. … Dean Wilson held off a determined challenge by Joey Savatgy as the pair finished third and fourth respectively.

450 Last Chance Qualifier: Ben Lamay is making a career out of winning LCQs. He took the lead at the gate drop and held it till the checkers for his third win. … Ryan Breece finished 2.78 seconds behind. … Alex Ray and Austin Politelli had a spirited battle for third and fourth, but both transferred. … Joshua Grant was challenging for the lead, but he stalled in the whoops and fell to fifth. With two laps remaining, he was gaining on fourth until the whoops bit him again. This time he went down hard and shook his head in resignation.

250 Heat 1: Adam Cianciarulo grabbed the holeshot the field and yarded James Decotis by more than six second to earn his third heat race of the year. … Cameron McAdoo rounded out the top three.

250 Heat 2: Colt Nichols got off to a slow start and finished the first lap in third. He worked his way past Chris Blose by Lap 4. … Dylan Ferrandis moved into second a few laps later and held on for the finish. … Blose rounded out the top three. … The holeshot went to Jacob Hayes, but he slipped to fourth at the checkers. … RJ Hampshire went down in the whoops on a bike that pitched and bucked like a wild horse; he recovered to finish sixth.

250 Last Chance Qualifier: Robbie Wageman passed Jerry Robin on the last lap to win the LCQ. … Killian Auberson rounded out the top three. … The battle for the final transfer heated up on the final lap when Chris Howell bumped Mathias Jorgensen off course. Jorgensen kept the throttle twisted and reentered the course at the end of the straight. He finished fourth, but was penalized for accelerating off track. … Gage Schehr went down hard early in the LCQ to bring out the red flag; he walked to the medical cart under his own power with a splint on his right arm.

Points Leaders

450SX
Cooper Webb (262) (5 wins)
Marvin Musquin (248) (2 wins)
Eli Tomac (243) (3 wins)
Ken Roczen (239)
Blake Baggett (200) (1 win)

250SX West
Adam Cianciarulo (163 points) (4 wins)
Dylan Ferrandis (151) (1)
Shane McElrath (123) (1)
Colt Nichols (121) (1)
RJ Hampshire (103)

250SX East
Austin Forkner (151 points) (5 wins)
Chase Sexton (125)
Justin Cooper (123)
Alex Martin (92)
Martin Davalos (89)

Top 5s

450SX
Ken Roczen: 9
Marvin Musquin: 9
Cooper Webb: 9
Eli Tomac: 8
Blake Baggett: 7
Joey Savatgy: 3
Dean Wilson: 2
Chad Reed: 2
Justin Barcia: 2
Jason Anderson: 1
Justin Bogle: 1
Justin Brayton: 1
Aaron Plessinger: 1

250SX West
Adam Cianciarulo: 7
Dylan Ferrandis: 5
Shane McElrath: 5
Colt Nichols: 4
RJ Hampshire: 3
James Decotis: 3
Jacob Hayes: 1
Garrett Marchbanks: 1
Jess Pettis: 1
Michael Mosiman: 1
Chris Blose: 1

250SX East
Austin Forkner: 6
Justin Cooper: 6
Chase Sexton: 6
Jordon Smith: 3
Martin Davalos: 3
Alex Martin: 2
Mitchell Oldenburg: 2

Next race: March 30, NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

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IndyCar’s Scott Dixon staying fit with new training regimen during layoff

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During a regular racing schedule, five-time NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing would spend much of his time between races at PitFit in Indianapolis.

The highly advanced workout facility on the northwest side of Indianapolis is run by noted sports trainer Jim Leo. His clientele includes IndyCar Series drivers and other athletes in the area.

In addition to the array of workout machines, Leo’s facility also has advanced equipment to test a driver’s reaction time. These range from a board with lights that rapidly flash, and a driver has to hit the board to turn them off. There are other tests drivers do to keep their skills sharp and reaction time focused.

Times have changed, though.

Indiana is under a statewide lockdown with the exception of essential services only. Instead of going to PitFit, Dixon is working out at his home on the north side of Indianapolis.

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His reaction time is being tested by his wife, Emma, throwing a tennis ball at him, changing the direction with each toss.

“I’ve gone back to old school, like tennis balls and Emma can drop them or throw them,” Dixon told NBCSports.com. “As long as you keep up with basic cardio and lift weights and work on the neck muscles, that’s the harder part to get ready for.

“I had already stopped going into Pit Fit last week. We had not been doing that for a while. Haven’t left the house for 13 days, now. We went to the grocery store once. The rest of the stuff has been delivered.

“We’re locked down, man, trying to do our best for everyone else.”


Dixon’s home has an impressive array of workout equipment. That allows the 39-year-old racing legend to stay fit during this extended time off that won’t end until the last week of May at the earliest.

“I have most of the stuff I need at home,” Dixon explained. “Some of the reaction stuff, the D-2s and Synaptic machines plus some of the upper-body machines, are pretty unique machines. Those are the machines that Jim Leo has at PitFit.

“As far as cycling, running, general weights, skiers and rollers, I have that at home.”

It seems like a lifetime ago when the world was normal. That was before the dreaded novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic literally sent society underground and locked in while awaiting a solution to this fatal virus.

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Before this unexpected shutdown, Dixon would go into PitFit to work on specialized equipment on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. He would do the rest of his physical workout at home.

“I started skipping that when we got home before the lockdown,” Dixon said. “Before the lockdown, Jim could have stayed open because he never has more than 10 people at once.

“Typically, he would have the drivers spaced out where Tony Kanaan and I would go in at 8 in the morning, and Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe would go in at 9:30, and then Zach Veach and Spencer Pigot and Charlie Kimball would go in around 11. There were only about five of us going in at once.”

Two weeks ago, Leo dropped off some equipment at Dixon’s house along with more instructions to focus on his workouts during the layoff.

Sacrifices are being made all throughout the world, including racing.

“You can’t be selfish,” Dixon said. “It sucks for the drivers, but it sucks a lot worse for a lot of other people. Luckily, the school the girls go to has e-learning. It’s school as usual on the computer from 8:30 to 3 and that has been seamless on that front.

“On a personal note, it’s nice to be home with the baby and bonding as well, and that is great. But all of us wish everything was back to normal as soon as possible.”

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Dixon is the father of three, including young daughters Poppy (10), Tilly (8) and infant son, Kit.

This is a time to keep his family safe.

“You hear mixed messages about who is more at risk,” Dixon said. “Obviously, older people with underlying conditions. We’re a fairly healthy family, but still it sounds like something can trigger a pretty bad situation. It’s better to be safe than sorry so we are limiting our contact as fast as possible. The quicker everybody locks down, the quicker we will get through the situation. If we stay home, we will see a decline and hopefully get back to normal pretty quickly.

“It’s a new thing for everybody.”


For now, Dixon works out at home, while the girls continue their classes on the computer. Emma spends time with her infant son, Kit, while taking care of the family.

These days of working out at home will be important because once racing is scheduled to return, tentatively set for May 30 at Detroit, it will be flat-out, racing nearly every weekend.

There won’t be time off inbetween races.

“No, but everybody is having plenty of rest right now,” Dixon quipped. “It’s not what anybody wants. We all keep hoping everybody remains safe and healthy. It’s a difficult time for a lot of people and we’ve been very lucky that we don’t know anybody that has had an issue so far. Hopefully, that remains the same.

“Everybody is ready to go. We were ready to go at St. Pete. This will be welcomed greatly.

“Nothing is normal these days. I think what IndyCar and IMS did was probably the best of the situations. You never want to move the dates of the 500, but you always want the people to be relaxed enough they are going to come to the race, too.

“The way they have done the schedule is pretty cool. It gives them enough wiggle room now with Detroit being the kickoff. What is also fun is the July 4 doubleheader weekend at Indianapolis and St. Pete finishing the season.”

Once life returns to normal, depending on what the new normal will look like, race drivers and athletes will once again be in an area they know.

The difficult part of this, however, is nobody knows when the COVID-19 outbreak will end.

“The hard part right now is there are so many unknowns,” Dixon said. “That is what people hate. They could wrap their hands around two weeks, but it could be another six weeks. People will go crazy.

“That is what we are going through right now. The unknown. Nobody knows what the next step is.”

That is why Dixon has a message for all race fans to take these orders seriously.

“Stay safe. Stay away from people. Lock down. Get this period done with,” Dixon said. “Once we do that, hopefully we can crack on like normal, and people can find fixes and therapies. As soon as everybody bunkers down, we will get through this sooner instead of later.

“Let’s get back to normal as quick as possible and get back to racing when we can.”

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