Focus: Elegant Musquin exhibiting he is nonetheless received it at 33

Though being on the incorrect aspect of 30 often spells the top of many careers on this brutally demanding sport, Marvin Musquin is definitely proving age is not any barrier.

Phrases: Edward Stratmann | Lead Picture: KTM

Having loved an motion packed 2022 that noticed him end an impressive fourth within the AMA Supercross standings, race one outside nationwide aboard a 250, characterize France on the Motocross of Nations, head to the Paris Supercross and declare one other victory at Crimson Bull Straight Rhythm, the 33-year-old impressively confirmed he nonetheless has what it takes to compete on the highest degree.

To shine the highlight on his 2022 supercross marketing campaign, and far upside may very well be extracted from his efforts, for not solely did he declare a memorable win at St. Louis, however he additionally banked six podiums and 10 prime 5 finishes, in a 12 months that was affected by upside.

Certainly, the very fact he began the campaign slowly whereas he tailored to the brand new bike by going 4-8-10-6-7-5 earlier than his podium at Minneapolis illustrated his sensible kind within the remaining 11 rounds to bag fourth within the title race. Contemplating he ended the 2021 season in ninth additional underlined what a rejuvenated determine he minimize in 2022.

“General, I’m proud of my season although there have been quite a lot of ups and downs. We have been capable of be taught lots with the bike and we nonetheless are. We will positively be higher nevertheless it was a studying 12 months,” he defined to the KTM web site.

“The spotlight of the season was profitable the Triple Crown in St. Louis. It’s a tremendous feeling to have the ability to try this at 32 years previous (now 33), it’s particular for me. I really made up fairly a little bit of factors within the championship and I used to be getting nearer to getting third however they have been robust and constant. I’m wholesome on the finish of the season, I all the time wish to do higher, however I’ve to be proud of what I’ve completed.”

Handed a deserved one-year SX solely contract extension with Crimson Bull KTM for 2023, the Frenchman’s hungry for extra success this time round too, because the technically gifted veteran will name on all his expertise and expertise to do battle within the stacked class for an additional time. “I’m very excited, that is precisely what I used to be searching for within the new season – to be a part of the Crimson Bull KTM group – the place I’ve been for 12 years right here in America and 14 years complete with KTM,” he insisted.

“It’s very particular for me to nonetheless be round Frankie and the entire group, and to be based mostly in California like I did for the 2022 season. I’m trying ahead to enhancing the brand new bike much more and studying much more with extra time developing. I do know that the entire group is motivated to maintain on making an attempt, by no means quit, and to get the KTM again on the highest spot.”

Set to proceed coaching with former star and countryman David Vuillemin on a program that he enjoys, anticipate him to maintain being a serious power to be reckoned with in his quest to combat for wins and podiums. Though he understands he most likely received’t be within the title hunt at this stage of his profession, there’s no doubting he has what it takes to combine it with the frontrunners as a rule.

Whereas it’ll take one other outstanding effort to duplicate his 2022 exploits, if he can carry his unimaginable momentum from the second half of the SX season, he’ll be effectively on his method to doing simply that.

Content material with life each on and off the observe, 2023 looms as one other intriguing 12 months for Musquin, who said he’ll hold racing so long as he’s aggressive and in rivalry for wins and podiums. Judging by final season’s efforts, there’s each probability all his followers Stateside and in Europe could have the pleasure of watching him strut his stuff for a pair extra years not less than, which may solely be seen as excellent news for the game.

Within the case of Musquin, he’s emphatically exhibiting why age is only a quantity.