DUNGEY REMAINS SECOND IN OVERALL POINT STANDINGS AFTER RED BUD NATIONAL
BUCHANAN, Michigan – Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey was able to maintain his second place standing in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship points despite a DNF in the first moto at the seventh round of the series held at Red Bud. His third place result in the second moto coupled with his first moto result earned him eleventh overall for the day.
Ryan Dungey launched off to a great start in the first moto sitting in third place as the riders rounded the first corner. He remained in third position until the halfway point in the race when he caught and passed Trey Canard to take over second place. He charged forward in second position for the next few laps before a technical issue caused him to not finish the race. As Dungey was not able to get technical assistance on the track, he had to return to the pits for his team to repair his bike and get ready for the second moto.
With a repaired bike, Dungey lined up for the start of the second moto. From a near last place gate pick (based on his first moto result), Dungey was able to salvage a sixth place start. Within the first three corners, he moved into fifth position. On the third lap, Dungey caught and passed Justin Brayton to take over fourth place and then began to chase down Josh Grant who was sitting in third.
Dungey quickly passed Grant and moved toward the battle between James Stewart and Ryan Villopoto for the lead position. Halfway through the race he had caught the two riders and found himself in a battle for the lead on his KTM 450 SX-F. Dungey passed Stewart and began to close in on Villopoto. Dungey continued to push and remained just a bike length behind Villopoto. Then on the two lap mark, Dungey suffered a hard crash where his bike landed on him pinning him under the bike. Incredibly, Dungey recovered from the crash and was able to still finish the moto in third place. The points earned in the second moto allowed Dungey to gain valuable points toward the championship standings.
After the race Dungey commented: “Unfortunately, we just had a tough day. It’s part of racing. There was a lot going on out there today and I was pushing hard to get that second moto win. We have a week off now to do our homework and come back stronger for the next round.”
Next Round: Washougal, WA – July 20, 2013
Results 450MX Class Red Bud
1. Ryan Villopoto (USA), Kawasaki (1-1)
2. James Stewart (USA), Suzuki (2-2)
3. Josh Grant (USA), Yamaha (3-5)
4. Trey Canard (USA), Honda (5-6)
5. Justin Barcia (USA), Honda (9-4)
8. Andrew Short (USA), KTM (4-12)
11. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM (34-3)
19. Mike Brown (USA), KTM (15-35)
20. Cole Thompson (USA), KTM (16-34)
Standings 450MX Class after 7 of 12 rounds
1. Villopoto, 333 points
2. Dungey, 291
3. Barcia, 249
4. Canard, 200
5. J. Stewart, 184
7. Short, 137
19. Les Smith (USA), KTM, 45