What It Takes To Be A Supercross Racer


– When I’m on the bike, try to focus on myself. The heart rate is high,
the breathing is high. Sometimes you battle with somebody else and there’s tensions and
the adrenaline of it is something unique. – [Announcer] Monster
Energy Supercross ready to drop the gate on the 450 Championship. They’ve battled all year
from coast to coast. They’re set to settle it here in Vegas! – [Narrator] This is Supercross. The motorcycle racing series that fills stadiums across America. At the final round of the
2018 season in Las Vegas it all comes down to the main event, where one racer will ride
off with a championship bonus worth more than one million dollars. This year, the field
has narrowed to two men. Current points leader Jason Anderson simply needs to finish in the top 10 and the championship is his. That is, unless one other
racer finishes first. For the controversial
French Supercross star Marvin Musquin, it’s all or nothing. But Musquin better watch his back, because Eli Tomac aims to spoil
his run at the championship. Even if Tomac wins the race, he won’t have enough
points for the championship or the big money. But revenge? Some would say that’s priceless. The sport of off-road
motorcycle racing, or Motocross, debuted in England in the 1920s. By the late ’40s it had invaded the US and in the early ’70s, the
sport moved into stadiums where it became known as Supercross. – [Announcer] For all the
champagne, glory, and gold, we’re underway! – [Narrator] By the ’80s,
it was a national obsession. It inspired movies – – [Announcer] “Winners Take All,” The hottest racing movie of the year! – [Narrator] Video games, and garnered lucrative sponsorship deals for the sport’s biggest stars. For today’s Supercross athletes, the goal is pretty much the same. Win races and collect
checks from sponsors. – [Announcer] Welcome to Sam Boyd Stadium, here in Las Vegas, for our
2018 Championship weekend. I’d like to begin today by
bringing out our athletes, who’re gonna fill out our stage. First up, the rider, the
number 25 Red Bull KTM, Marvin Musquin. – [Narrator] One of the
sport’s biggest stars is 28-year-old Marvin Musquin from France. On his last trip to
Vegas, he hit the jackpot. – [Announcer] Marvin
Musquin wins all three! – [Narrator] Eight months earlier, he won the Monster Energy Cup and check for a million bucks after winning all three main events. – [Moderator] What’s your mindset coming into tomorrow night’s race? – [Announcer] One of the
most controversial finishes this season, half a lap to
go, Musquin sees his opening, smashes into the side
of Tomac, takes him out, the crowd not happy,
they were booing Musquin. – [Narrator] Musquin’s move
at Foxborough got him the win, and pushed him into contention
for the championship. But it pushed Eli Tomac even further out. – [Moderator] Eli, just take us through what happened out there. – [Eli] Lap and a half to go, and we come around off the
finish line, down the straight and I just got blasted from
the inside in that second turn. It was out of nowhere and
it was a cheap shot, so – – [Moderator] Marvin? – [Marvin] What? – [Moderator] Your, just
your response to that? – I’m sorry about what happened,
you know, with the crash. I mean, it could have been,
you know, bad for me too. So, you know, for a 450 win main, you know you sometimes you gotta try your hardest. – [Eli] But, it’s like
where do you draw the line? For a super aggressive pass? That pass was over the line. – [Marvin] Yeah, that’s, you know, racing, you know? Sometimes, we could talk about stuff like
that, you know, a long time, so, things like that happen, you know? – [Marvin] The mindset is
the same as last weekend. Want to do my best and see what happens. – [Marvin] I’m born on
the Motocross track. My dad used to race
and my brother as well. Every single weekend, I
grew up going to the races and to the practice track and from that I knew I wanted
to be a Motocross racer. – [Narrator] Along with racing, Marvin has always had
another constant in his life. His wife, Mathilde,
who travels with Marvin on the grueling Supercross tour. – We’ve been together since we were 15. Back then, I was working for a
French magazine for Motocross with kids and I just
happened to interview Marvin and that’s how it all started. We became friends for a while, and then started dating and that’s it. – [Narrator] Thanks to
her consistent presence on Marvin’s social media, she’s become a star in her own right. – [Marvin] She motivates me. She keeps me on track, definitely, she takes care of me every single day – [Narrator] Before
the championship event, the racers get a chance
to inspect the track and get in a few practice laps. – I think people don’t understand you know, what the athlete
actually goes through on a Motocross bike. The cardio part of it
is pretty intense and the heart rates are around 180, between 170, 180 beats per minute. So, we’ve gotta condition
the athlete for that. – [Marvin] You wanna be as fast as you can for 20 minutes so, definitely, if the breathing gets too
high or you can’t relax, then it’s not good. So, because of the heart
rate being so high, you have to have really good endurance. – Marvin, Marvin, Marvin! Marvelous Marvin, we love you! 25 right there! Definitely what happened in Foxborough is following me right now. The crowd was a little tough
on me, a lot of booing, but I had really great
feedback from my fans. Like I said, I really
try to focus on myself and that actually gives me more power. – [Announcer] Let’s hear
it for Marvin Musquin. (crowd booing) When he was introduced to the crowd here in Las Vegas tonight, a chorus of boos rained down
on top of the French rider. – [Narrator] Before the main event, the riders in the 450 class
compete in preliminary heats to determine their position
at the starting line. Eli Tomac would go first. – [Announcer] Heat one,
let’s drop the gate. Tomac falls way back! – [Narrator] Tomac
stumbled out of the gate, trailing big behind the
Australian former champion Chad Reed. – [Announcer] Here comes Tomac,
closing in on the outside, but can’t get past him just yet. – [Narrator] But Tomac
soon gained ground on Reed. – [Announcer] And just like
that, Eli Tomac gets past Reed. – [Narrator] Tomac came
from behind to win his heat. But would he have
anything left in the tank for the big race? Then, it was Musquin’s turn. – [Announcer] Here we go. 450 heat number two. – [Narrator] Even with
overall points leader Jason Anderson on his tail, Marvin Musquin never looked back, and won the race with ease. – [Announcer] Alright, we’ve got one more championship to go. – [Narrator] The main event
is comprised of 20 minutes plus one lap. First to cross the finish line wins. All Anderson needs to do
is finish in the top 10. But if Musquin wins, he takes the trophy. – [Announcer] Jason
Anderson, Marvin Musquin and Eli Tomac looking to be a
spoiler on that number three. – [Announcer] Tomac takes it! Musquin is right behind him. Anderson, back in eighth. – [Narrator] With Anderson
holding steady in the top 10, it would be a game of cat and mouse between Tomac and Musquin. – [Announcer] Musquin coming after Tomac. He’s gotta win here tonight! Musquin getting even closer to Eli Tomac. – [Narrator] Musquin
stayed on top of Tomac. – [Announcer] He’s getting closer. – [Narrator] Until he
ran into some trouble. – [Announcer] Oh, now look at this. As they went through some lapped riders, Musquin gets caught up a little bit. Look at this. Can Musquin make this time back up? Does he have it in him to
try to win this final main? Eli Tomac opening up right here. Marvin Musquin, trying to keep that gap. – [Narrator] But the gap never closed. Thanks to the speed of Tomac, there was just too much separation. – [Announcer] Eli Tomac takes the win in Las Vegas, the final one of 2018. As he makes his way
around on the final lap, the 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross and FIM World Champion, is Jason Anderson! – When there is, like, a bad moment, or a race that doesn’t go well, I know right away what’s
going into his mind. I hate for him to have
that feeling, you know? I hate it, so I just, I just, want to console him as much
as I can and just tell him, like, it’s going to be okay.
Like, there is more races, and it’s okay to have a bad one. – I knew it was going to
be a tough main event. My goal was to just to, to keep charging and to keep pushing and, yeah man, racing, it’s crazy. Like, anything can happen
and in the last few rounds we were able to fight for the win, so that’s really important and looking forward to the future. – [Moderator] Thank you, guys. – [Announcer] Jason, would you mind holding that trophy up one more time for all the people in the
crowd for the big screen? Here we go, up in the air! Let’s hear it for your champion!

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