Marvin Musquin wins first 450SX event of 2022, RJ Hampshire gets first career 250SX victory
April 11, 2022
By Keaton Maisano
It had been seven weeks since someone other than Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha’s Eli Tomac won a 450SX event.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin not only ended Tomac’s winning streak, but he also broke his own nearly yearlong 450SX victory drought by winning AMA Supercross’ Round 13.
Musquin’s win came by way of the Triple Crown format, and the French rider finished the night with an impressive 2-1-2 run to secure his spot atop the podium.
“It’s tough to win the Triple Crowns, but my starts were awesome and the riding was good. I was trying to apply the best technique as possible,” Musquin said. “This track was awesome today, super technical, and I enjoyed it so much. I knew I needed to get a good start to win and that’s what I did. I was just trying to be consistent, as always. It was a fun race!”
Team Honda HRC’s Chase Sexton (1-3-3) and Tomac (4-4-1) filled out the podium for Round 13. While Tomac’s streak of five consecutive wins was broken, the result marked his 10th podium of the season.
The event win brings Musquin, who currently sits in fifth, within 8 points of third place in the 450SX standings. Tomac remains atop the standings with 302 points, while Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jason Anderson (246) and Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GasGas’ Justin Barcia (240) trail far behind in second and third respectively. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Malcolm Stewart remains in the mix for second with 235 points.
In the 250SX event, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s RJ Hampshire made his debut atop the 250SX podium by way of a 2-2-1 Triple Crown performance.
“This is unreal. This has haunted me for so long, I can’t even get words out,” Hampshire said. “I had good times in practice and felt a lot more comfortable on the bike. My starts tonight were unreal, and you could tell we made a lot of progress because I holeshot every time I was on the track and led a lot of laps. I’m just so dang stoked for the team to finally get one of these. Big thanks to the guys that have been putting in the work behind the scenes. We put it together tonight; it was our night.”
Team Honda HRC’s Jett Lawrence entered St. Louis with three consecutive 250SX East wins. While he was only able to claim second Saturday, he remains in first in the 250SX East standings with 148 points. Hampshire sits 41 points behind Lawrence in third.
The AMA Supercross season marches on with a visit to Atlanta on Saturday, April 16.