This morning, Red Bull KTM announced that its lead 250cc rider and former two-time world Motocross Champion Marvin Musquin suffered a torn ACL while practicing last week. The 250SX Class favorite placed his foot down in a corner and tweaked his knee, but it appeared to be minor. Further tests revealed the tear and Musquin is scheduled to undergo surgery in his native France this week.
“This is an unfortunate injury, but we know Marvin will do the all steps necessary to recover as quickly as possible and come back when he is 100%,” said Red Bull KTM Factory Team Manager Roger DeCoster in the announcement.
This heartbreaking injury comes less than two weeks after Musquin claimed the King of Geneva crown at the annual Supercross Geneva in Switzerland.
Musquin was slated to compete for the 250SX Class Eastern Regional Championship and based on DeCoster’s comments, there is still hope he will return before the Monster Energy Supercross season wraps up. However, the typical timeframe for ACL recovery that can reach up to six months means Musquin might be better holding off until the start of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship, when he can put forth an all out effort to secure his first title on U.S. soil.
No word on whether KTM plans on putting someone in Musquin’s place for the East Region season, but for now it looks like Australian rookie Dean Ferris will lead the way for the squad in the 250SX Class Western Regional Championship.