December 3, 2021
By Keaton Maisano
Coronations in Paris are becoming a bit of a trend for France’s own Marvin Musquin.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Musquin swept the Paris Supercross event at La Defense Arena to claim his third “King of Paris” title. Still highly competitive in the AMA Supercross series, the 31-year-old racer gained an extra boost from the home country soil to edge Cedric Soubeyras in Paris.
“King of Paris 2021; that was obviously the goal and I came here well prepared as we are getting closer to the new [AMA Supercross] season in January,” Musquin said. “This event is always a good training for me although it was different this year as the track had no whoops. It was fun anyway and the soil was choppy: it was still challenging. I wanted to get holeshots, be at the front and keep pushing to the end. I’m happy. It was a one-day format this time, but I enjoyed it and went 1-2 with my buddy Cedric Soubeyras: two Frenchies! That was pretty amazing.”
Prior to 2021, Musquin’s two crowns came at Paris-Lille in 2016 and at La Defense Arena in 2017. He joined KTM’s factory team in 2009.
Fellow KTM factory teammate Tony Cairoli faced more adversity than Musquin, but he showed resilience to salvage his outing. His first sprint included a small crash, but a bronze finish in the final race helped Cairoli recover to 7th overall by the time the event finished.
“It was a nice event,” Cairoli said. “I wasn’t really that well prepared for supercross with MXGP finishing so late and didn’t have the best rhythm in the first sessions but found more flow in Main Events and reached the top three by the end. It was nice to way the season and with this experience.”