DUNGEY TAKES THE OVERALL AT THE FIRST-EVER MUDDY CREEK NATIONAL
BLOUNTVILLE, Tennessee – Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey took the overall win in the 450 Motocross class at the first-ever Muddy Creek National at the third round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series.
Ryan Dungey was eager to try out the new track in the morning practice sessions where he turned the fourth fastest time to earn a top gate pick in the first moto. Unfortunately, he suffered from a bad start in the first moto where he rounded the first corner in tenth position. He didn’t waste time climbing through the pack and was sitting in fourth by the end of the third lap.
Two laps later, Dungey made a pass around James Stewart to takeover third position. Once in a podium spot, he clicked off consistent lap times and went on to finish the race in third place. “I am happy to finish on the podium, but I really need to work on my starts so I don’t let the top guys run away early in the race,” remarked Dungey.
Dungey did what he intended in the second moto and leaped off the line to a third place start behind Justin Barcia and Ryan Villopoto. Shortly into the first lap, Villopoto suffered a crash that allowed Dungey to move into the runner-up spot. Dungey spent the next half of the race closing the gap on Barcia. Dungey finally made his move up the inside of an uphill turn to take over the lead with his KTM 450 SX-F. Once out front, he was able to turn the fastest lap of the race and went on to collect the win with an 11 second victory over Barcia.
Dungey’s 3-1 moto results earned him his first overall win of the season. “It feels great to get a win here,” remarked Dungey. “The whole team has been working really hard each day to constantly make improvements. I really enjoyed this track today and am glad I was able to put everything together to finally get the results we are aiming for.”
Next Round: Mt. Morris, PA – June 8, 2013
Results 450MX Class Tennessee
1. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM (3-1)
2. Justin Barcia (USA), Honda (2-2)
3. Ryan Villopoto (USA), Kawasaki (1-4)
4. James Stewart (USA), Suzuki (4-6)
5. Mike Alessi (USA), Suzuki (6-5)
8. Andrew Short (USA), KTM (12-10)
19. Les Smith (USA), KTM (17-18)
20. Vince Friese (USA), KTM (40-14)
22. Michael Byrne (USA), KTM (16-20)
37. Michael Stryker (USA), KTM (35-30)
40. Robby Marshall (USA), KTM (39-39)
Standings 450MX class after 3 of 12 rounds
1. Villopoto, 143 points
2. Dungey, 133
3. Barcia, 114
4. J. Stewart, 99
5. Trey Canard (USA), Honda, 90
9. Short, 54
22. Byrne, 13
23. Friese, 10
26. Smith, 7