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Lights out on 2017 racing after bustling Geneva Supercross

Dec 052017

Outside the Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland shivered to the early onslaught of winter and was illuminated by blinking lights brightening the approaching days to Christmas and the year’s end. Inside the impressive stadium and the temperatures stayed high, the many fans that filled the banks of seats were in loud voice and the final high-profile Supercross race of the season blasted into action.

Owning the rough track was Marvin Musquin; the Frenchman winning both Friday and Saturday nights and wrapping up a remarkable quartet of events from the Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas to the Straight Rhythm, Paris Supercross and now Geneva. Countryman and Monster Energy supercross specialist Cedric Soubeyras just missed out on a podium appearance on Saturday.

Some of the biggest cheers across the weekend were saved for the appearance, demo laps and short races by AMA Supercross legend Ricky Carmichael. ‘RC’ completed his recent worldwide lap that included the Motocross of Nations and the Aus X Sydney Supercross by waving goodbye to European fans for the last time in 2017.

Josh Hill showed the competitiveness of the electric Alta bike as he duelled with a number of riders in a one-lap sprint contest and even beat Carmichael on Saturday night. “That was so much fun,” the former 450SX Main Event winner said. “We were sweating bullets after just five laps!”

 

FMX lit up the arena with staple showmen like Edgar Torronteras and Japanese duo Genki Watanabe and Taka Higashino throwing the kind of unreal shapes that make the discipline such a key and unmissable part of Europe Supercross schedules.

 

With Musquin’s success the off-season/supercross pre-season comes to an end and the countdown of less than a month will intensify to Anaheim 1.

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