Red Bull's KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey picked up yet another 1-1 victory in round seven of the US MX nationals 450 class to delight his hometown fans at the Spring Creek Motocross Park in Millville, Minnesota.
His fifth overall win of the season has improved his lead of the championship to 80 points. “It feels great to get a win here in front of my friends and family," said Dungey. "This was a track I raced on growing up and it is still one of my favourites on the circuit."
Dungey ripped through qualifying to register the fastest time but in the opening moto he got pushed wide in the first corner and dropped to eighth. He quickly made a few passes in the opening lap and was sitting in fourth position by the start of the second lap. He moved into the top three on the third lap he when passed Kyle Regal over a table top before the sand whoops. A few laps later, he caught and passed both Jake Weimer and Mike Alessi to take over the lead and went on to take the race by 23 seconds.
The Minnesotan put together a perfect race in the second 450 Motocross moto. He pulled the holeshot and never looked back, leading every lap of the race to take the win by 48 seconds.
Team Yoshimura Suzuki Racing's James Stewart missed the race in order to continue his rehabilitation from an injury suffered at the third round of the MX championship in June.
"At this point in time it doesn't make sense to push it," said team manager Mike Webb. "From a safety standpoint, for both James and the other riders, we just don't want to take the chance. The injury is a little more than we thought and will simply require a bit more rehab. The plan is to stay off the bike for a couple weeks and then ride and test and come back strong for Southwick." Stewart has collected two overall victories with four moto wins so far this season.
Overall Results 450 Motocross class
1 Ryan Dungey – 1-1
2 Mike Alessi – 3-2
3 Jake Weimer – 2-3
4 Justin Brayton – 4-4
5 Andrew Short – 5-6
6 Broc Tickle – 12-5
7 Les Smith – 11-9
8 Cole Thompson – 15-7
9 Tyla Rattray – 6-28
10 Christian Craig – 14-14
Overall Point Standings 450 class
1 Ryan Dungey – 336
2 Mike Alessi – 256
3 Jake Weimer – 244
Roczen finishes third and fourth in 250 class
Ken Roczen looked impressive in the morning qualifying on his first ever ride on the circuit where he turned the fastest qualifying time at the end of both sessions.
He was off to a fine start in the first moto and was second at the first corner with team-mate Marvin Musquin in a comfortable seventh. Then a mistake put Musquin back to 13th and left him all to do for the rest of the moto, where he eventually pulled back to seventh at the flag.
Meanwhile, Roczen held on to second place for the first half of the race before dropping to fourth on the 11th lap. He managed to stick with the front runners but could not make any more passes.
Neither Roczen nor Musquin fared well at the start of the second moto and while Roczen salvaged sixth after the first corner, his French team-mate was back in 15th. Both riders used the 30-minute plus two lap moto to move up through the order and at the halfway mark Roczen was sitting in third and held on to the flag. Musquin advanced from 15th to sixth to be seventh at the end of the day.
Overall Results 250 Motocross Class
1 Eli Tomac – 3-1
2 Justin Barcia – 2-2
3 Blake Baggett – 1-4
4 Ken Roczen – 4-3
5 Blake Wharton – 6-5
6 Wil Hahn – 5-7
7 Marvin Musquin – 7-6
8 Justin Bogle – 10-8
9 Jason Anderson – 8-10
10 Jake Canada – 9-13
Overall Point Standings 250 Motocross Class
1 Blake Baggett – 315
2 Justin Barcia – 297
3 Eli Tomac – 281
4 Ken Roczen – 273
5 Marvin Musquin – 218
Next Event: Washougal, WA – July 21