DUNGEY EARNS 2ND AT THUNDER VALLEY MOTOCROSS PARK
LAKEWOOD, Colorado – Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey remained consistent in his run for the championship title as he earned his second pair of 2nd place finishes in the 450 Motocross class at Thunder Valley Motocross Park at the second round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series.
The Red Bull KTM rider got off to a great start in the first moto finishing the first lap in 3rd position. He moved up to 2nd place on the following lap after Ryan Villopoto tipped over in a turn and allowed him to get by. He then spent the next eight laps in a three-way battle with leader Justin Barcia and Villopoto for the lead position. On the tenth lap of the race Ryan Dungey was able to make an inside pass around Barcia to take over the lead. He continued to lead for the next lap holding off a strong charge by Villopoto. On the thirteenth lap of the race Villopoto was able to get around Dungey to take over the lead. Dungey dropped to 2nd continuing his pace to pull over a 10 second gap on the 3rd place ride of Barcia. When the moto came to an end Dungey was able to secure 2nd place.
After the first moto, Dungey commented: “I really like this track but it is definitely getting pretty rutted and challenging. I am glad I got a good start because that is key to my finish in these motos. It’s important to be there from the beginning and not let Villopoto get away.”
In the second moto, Dungey jumped out to another decent start finishing the first lap in 5th position. On the second lap he was able to pass Mike Alessi to move into 4th place. Two laps later Dungey reeled in Trey Canard and took over 3rd position. Dungey then set his focus on the 2nd place ride of Justin Barcia. At the end of lap six he was able to make the pass on Barcia to move into 2nd and went on to set the fastest lap at that point of the race with his KTM 450 SX-F. Dungey continued to push and gained time on Villopoto in certain sections throughout the remainder of the race but was unable to close the gap and settled for 2nd place. His 2-2 finishes earned him 2nd overall for the day.
“The team and I are really happy with the progress we made this week. We know where we need to improve and we are looking forward to the next race. It’s great to be consistent but we need to start getting some race wins,” stated Dungey.
Next Round: Bristol, TN – June 1, 2013
Results 450 MX Class Thunder Valley
1. Ryan Villopoto (USA), Kawasaki (1-1)
2. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM (2-2)
3. Justin Barcia (USA), Honda (3-4)
4. Trey Canard (USA), Honda (4-5)
5. Mike Alessi (USA), Suzuki (6-6)
18. Andrew Short (USA), KTM (18-16)
26. Michael Byrne (USA), KTM (24-33)
27. Vince Friese (USA), KTM (21-36)
28. Robert Fitch (USA), KTM (32-26)
31. Robby Marshall (USA), KTM (25-34)
39. Travis Sewell (USA), KTM (38-39)
40. Les Smith (USA), KTM (39-40)
Standings 450MX Class after 2 of 12 rounds
1. Villopoto, 100 points
2. Dungey, 88
3. Barcia, 70
4. Canard, 70
5. James Stewart (USA), Suzuki, 66
10. Short, 34
23. Byrne, 7
25. Friese, 3