DUAL-PODIUM FOR RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM AT DAYTONA SUPERCROSS!
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – Red Bull KTM Factory Team riders Ken Roczen and Ryan Dungey both scored a podium finish at the tenth round of the Monster Energy Supercross Series held at Daytona International Speedway.
Ryan Dungey put together a solid heat race finishing fourth in the first 450SX heat to transfer into the main event while teammate Ken Roczen was able to pull off a third place finish in heat number two.
“The track was very soft today and it caused a lot of ruts to form”, stated Roczen. “It made for a challenging race but it was exciting with such a huge crowd cheering us on.”
In the main event, Dungey leaped off the line on his KTM 450 SX-F to a decent start rounding the first corner in fourth position. Roczen was a few spots back sitting in eighth. Within the first lap, Dungey moved into third while Roczen picked up two spots moving up to sixth.
Roczen continued to charge forward making as many passes as he could manage in the opening laps to not lose time to the lead riders. On the fourth lap he was able to move around Andrew Short to pick up fifth place. Two laps later, Roczen reeled in Malcolm Stewart and passed him over the wall jump to take over fourth position. Once in fourth he began to close in on the third place ride of his teammate, Dungey.
At the halfway point the two Red Bull KTM teammates found themselves in a three-man train with Dean Wilson battling for second position. On lap thirteen, Roczen was able to take an outside line in the corner before a rhythm section to make the pass on his teammate. Dungey did not fall off the pace and continued to stay on the tail of Roczen. Two laps later, Roczen and Dungey both pressured Wilson until he buckled and both riders moved into a podium position. The two teammates held their positions and went on to finish second and third respectively for the night.
“They did quite a bit of work to help the track, but it was still really tough”, stated Dungey. “I spent a lot of time trying to get around Wilson tonight but was finally able to make the pass. I’m glad to be back on the podium.”
Roczen stated, “I had to fight my way through the pack tonight. It was a lot of work but the track was actually pretty fun and I am really happy with a second place finish.”
BTO Sports/KTM rider Andrew Short put in his best finish of the season landing a fifth place result. His finish put three KTM’s inside the top five. The points earned tonight helped Short move up two positions in the overall standings to sixth place. Dungey sits second overall in the standings after ten rounds, while Roczen is just one point back in third.
Next Round: March 15, 2014 – Detroit, MI
Results 450SX class Daytona Beach
1. Ryan Villopoto (USA), Kawasaki, 22:22:387 min (20 laps)
2. Ken Roczen (GER), KTM, +12.632 sec
3. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM, +16.835 sec
4. Broc Tickle (USA), Suzuki, +25.423 sec
5. Andrew Short (USA), KTM, +28.041 sec
8. Matthew Goerke (USA), KTM, +32.972 sec
Standings 450SX class after 10 of 17 rounds
1. Villopoto, 209 points
2. Dungey, 181
3. Roczen, 180
4. James Stewart (USA), Suzuki, 157
5. Justin Brayton (USA), Yamaha, 155
6. Short, 125
16. Goerke, 54