MX2 World Motocross Champion crowned
Musquin needed only victory in the first moto to assure him of his place in the history books but left matters tidy by repeating his charge to the chequered flag in the second race. The Frenchman’s closest rival for the title was his factory teammate Rui Goncalves who finished second overall for a double victory for the Austrian sports motorcycle specialists.
Marvin Musquin Speaks…
"I’m very happy to have won the title. It was a perfect day for me today. I really wanted to win that first race. In the beginning I had some trouble with my goggles but after I fixed that everything was fine. In the second race I had a great fight with (Ken) Roczen and I was very happy to ride with him. I think we will have some good clean and fair fights on the track next year and I look forward to that. I like this track a lot and I knew before the race that I was going to be fast. After I won the first moto I tried hard to stay concentrated because it was my goal to win both the GP and the title today. Of course I also knew that Rui was going to be very fast and we were both fighting for the same goal. It was a little strange to win the title here in Brazil where I don’t really have my family and friends to support me but I was still able to show what I can do and how I could win. It really helped that I have such a powerful bike to do it on."
Rui Goncalves Speaks…
"Being vice champion is also good. I’ve also made some history for my country. I’m the first Portuguese rider to win GPs and to be the vice champion so that’s a great feeling. It was my goal to win the title but I had a strange start to the season, especially with my physical fitness. I had concussion and a shoulder injury but I tried to stay strong in my head. It certainly helped that I had a very good team behind me who made sure I had what I needed and who helped me. Now I go up to MX1 next year and that will be very interesting."
Also making a good showing in front of the huge and enthusiastic Brazilian crowd was junior KTM rider Valentin Teillet who was fifth overall. "I really had fun in the first race because when you have a good start then everything looks different. I also had a good fight with Roczen. I didn’t want to take risks in the first race so I was happy with third. I got a good start in the second but then I started to have some pain in my back and it was quite difficult to stand up on the pegs. In the end I was very happy with my fifth place because this was a good result for my last race with KTM Factory Junior Racing," he said. Next season Teillet will race for the KTM-supported French team HDI.
Red Bull Factory Racing’s Shaun Simpson also did well on the muddy track to finish overall ninth. He has just recently returned to the tack after a prolonged period of recovery from a training accident at the beginning of the season.
The final GP of the season, run on the hard pack surface at the Brazilian venue was under threat and rain soaked on Saturday after three days of torrential downpour. Organisers scrapped all activity on Saturday to preserve the track so riders had very little track time before the actual race. The move however turned out to be prudent and the track and weather played the game on Sunday to allow for top class racing in the category.
The final GP was a blaze of orange with no less than six of the top nine riders onboard KTM machines. KTM was also the runaway winner in the Manufacturer’s world Championship title.
MX2 GP Results Final Round
1. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM, 25-25-50
2. Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki, 22-22-44
3. Steven Frossard, France, Kawasaki, 18-20-38
4. Rui Goncalves, Portugal, KTM, 16-16-32
5. Valentin Teillet, France, KTM, 20-12-32
Final MX2 Championship Point Standings
1. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM 540 points World Champion 2009
2. Rui Goncalves, Portugal, KTM 500
3. Gautier Paulin, France, 437
4. Davide Guarneri, Italy, 418
5. Ken Roczen, Germany, 390
Manufacturer’s World Championship Title
1. KTM 659 points
2. Kawasaki, 529
3. Suzuki, 506