How quickly things can change in the fast paced nature of Supercross especially in the 250 class. As the 6th round of the East Regional 250SX championship entered the Rogers Centre in Toronto, former points leader Dean Wilson was missing from the line after breaking some ribs and suffering internal injuries after a heavy crash at the most recent round in Indianapolis. So with only two other winners on the season in Wil Hahn and Marvin Musquin and a near win for Blake Wharton, the list of possible champions closed to only three as racing began in Toronto.
Wharton recovered nicely from the disappointment of last week’s last lap crash while in the lead during the main to take the Heat 1 victory while Musquin captured Heat 2 with Hahn struggling to a 5th after qualifying first on the day with a time of 58.913.
As the 30 second board went sideways and the gate fell in the main event it was Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin grabbing the holeshot right ahead of Jimmy Decotis. Blake Wharton sat in 4th with Wil Hahn in 5th through the end of the first lap with Vince Friese between them and the front runners.
Wharton made the pass for 3rd right before Decotis crashed out of 2nd moving Blake up to P2 as Hahn made quick work of Friese to get into 3rd. Hahn then put his head down and caught Wharton for 2nd on lap 7. The two battled for a bit before Hahn secured the position but not before Musquin had stretched the lead out to better than six seconds.
With Musquin all but gone out front the attention shifted back as Jeremy Martin worked around Friese for 4th on Lap 10 and then reeled in Wharton for the final podium spot with two laps to go. The battle raged until the final corner with Wharton getting the nod.
However, nobody caught Marvin Musquin as the Frenchman secured his 3rd consecutive victory of the season. Hahn’s 2nd place finish would be damage control as he now only sits 6 points ahead of Musquin in the championship with only three rounds remaining. Wharton’s third puts him 26 back of Hahn leaving the title fight essentially between Musquin and Hahn. A week break for the series now before heading to Houston in two weeks time as Hahn looks to recapture the momentum from Musquin.
Until next time, thanks for reading, see you in Houston.