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James Stewart

Marvin Musquin - 2010 FIM MX2 World Champion.

Taking third in Lierop’s Moto 1 whilst runner up in the Championship Ken Roczen pulled out, 20 year old French Marvin Musquin became the 2010 MX2 World Champion and collected his second consecutive World Title.

With KTM 350 SX-F mounted Cairoli winning the MX1 Title in Brazil, KTM got a full score today as they collected also the MX1 and MX2 Manufacturers' World Titles. In 2010 KTM won Titles in both classes for their first time ever.

Exploiting the experience of his first season with Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX2, Musquin was even more confident in 2010 when he even managed to collect a series of five consecutive GP wins to show the opposition –including 16 year old Ken Roczen and 15 year old sensation Jeffrey Herlings as well as a solid Steven Frossard- he was fully determined to defend his 2009 World Title. Courtesy of his second World Title, Musquin reaches the level of countrymen Bayle, Bolley, Demaria, Pichon, Tortelli as well as International Legends such as Hakan Carlqvist and KTM's Heinz Kinigadner.

Under the guidance of 10 time World Champion Stefan Everts, Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX2 celebrates its third consecutive MX2 World Title with the row of success starting in 2008 with Tyla Rattray.

Musquin stated: "I started the first moto with victory ambitions but the track was tough. I dropped down then saw Ken pull out and I realized I was World Champion, it was great to see my team waiting for me trackside to celebrate the win. In the second moto I had a good battle with Gautier, congratulations to him for winning the Grand Prix. Also I am sorry for my rival Roczen's problems, he has been very unlucky.”

Marvin Musquin - The 2010 FIM MX2 World Champion - Musquin celebrating the Title with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing squad.


Musquin was one of those French young talents who entered the UEM European Motocross series at young age with the goal of building a solid racing career. At just 14 years of age Musquin won his maiden European Title in the 85cc class onboard a Kawasaki of the Bud Racing squad. The step forward in what is the ladder leading into Grand Prix racing was Musquin's participation in the highly competitive EMX2 class, going from 24th in 2006 to fourth in 2007.

His progression granted him the chance to enter the Grand Prix at Faenza in 2007, where he showed an impressive form in heat one – riding with the front runners before fading to sixth. The Grand Prix paddock noticed Musquin straight away and Team NGS offered him a ride for the 2008 season, a proposal Musquin accepted with excitement.

Spending the winter to gain endurance, a quality he discovered to lack when racing in Faenza, Musquin found himself at the gate of the first Grand Prix of 2008 onboard an MX2 Honda machine. The goal of a top ten finish could not be reached because of an injury at the Czech Grand Prix, on a track which will offer the young French more surprises in the future. Musquin broke his collarbone and a bone in his foot, missing two Grand Prix's but coming back at Faenza to seal a 14th place in the Championship.

The following year was the one of Musquin's consecration. 2009 started with the French's maiden podium –third overall- in Faenza's mud and continued with his maiden win at round two in Sevlievo. The red plate, which had been held by Paulin since his win at Faenza, would come just at Bellpuig and at the following Grand Prix at Mallory Park the French would line up with a factory KTM, leaving Honda and Team NGS. Getting to grips with the new bike straight away, Musquin became even stronger and despite two stops –one in Sweden due to contractual issues and one in Loket due to a mechanical failure- the French took victory in the last two rounds of the series and was eventually crowned World Champion in the last round in Brazil.

2010 was the year Musquin had all the pressure on himself, the Frenchman deciding to race with the number one on his Red Bull KTM Factory Racing machine. Musquin went on to win the opening two rounds, leaving the third to team mate Herlings - the 15 year old debutant to become one of Musquin's main threats alongside Roczen. After defeat Musquin came back on top of the podium to take the season's longest winning streak in MX2 as he topped the podium in Portugal, Catalunya, USA, France and Germany. Building some gap in between himself and his main rivals, those never left Musquin in peace with Roczen, Herlings and Frossard winning one Grand Prix each after Musquin stopped his winning streak. Heading to Czech Republic to break his unfortunate streak of results at Loket, Musquin came out victorious and continued being on the podium by taking second overall in Brazil behind Roczen. The penultimate round in Lierop saw Musquin take a third place in the first heat while Roczen, who was the only Title threat to Musquin, pulled out of the race. The result granted Musquin the Title, which was celebrated with a second place on the podium behind overall winner Paulin. Eight GP wins out of 11 podium appearances and 14 heat wins have made Musquin the most successful MX2 rider of the year.

Musquin's 2011 plans will see the two time World Champion head to the USA in order to contest both the Supercross and Motocross series again with KTM, to be managed by MX Legend Roger De Coster. Though Musquin will head Stateside sooner than expected as he was selected to represent France at the 64th edition of the Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations set to happen in Lakewood, Colorado, on the September 26 weekend. Team mates to Musquin will be Christophe Pourcel and Xavier Boog.