DUNGEY ON THE PODIUM AT DETROIT!
DETROIT, Michigan – Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey earned another podium finish at the eleventh round of the Monster Energy Supercross Series to maintain second place in the overall point standings.
Ryan Dungey and his teammate Ken Roczen, were among the top riders in the early practice sessions. Roczen turned the 2nd fastest time while Dungey was 4th which placed both riders in the first heat race.
When the gate dropped for the first heat, Dungey was able to leap out to a 4th place start. He maintained his pace and finished in that position to qualify in the main event. Roczen had a mid-pack start and worked his way up to 5th place, just one spot shy of making the main.
Roczen returned to the gate for the semi race where he earned a 4th place start. He began to make time on the top riders before making a small mistake and falling back. He was able to regain his 4th place position where he finished the semi to qualify into the main event.
In the main event, Dungey was able to garner a 5th place start around the first corner while Roczen was a few spots back in 8th place. While Dungey was busy moving up toward the top three riders, Roczen made an unfortunate mistake and stalled his bike. At the same time a rock got jammed in his rear brakes of his KTM 450 SX-F which caused his brakes to lock up. Roczen was able to get going again but continued to deal with brake issues throughout the remainder of the race.
Meanwhile, Dungey was making passes up front and was able to move around Dean Wilson into 4th on the first few laps. On the ninth lap of the race, he was able to pass Cole Seely and move into a podium position. Once in 3rd place, he settled in, and was able to finish the race in that position to earn another podium finish. His teammate, Roczen, finished the race in 20th after starting a lap down as a result of his brake issues.
“The track was really slick tonight and hard to make passes”, stated Dungey. “I am happy I was able to move around a few guys and get on the podium. I hope to return to the top step of the box next week.”
Roczen mentioned: “Unfortunately, I just had some bad luck with a rock getting stuck in my brakes and it ruined my night. I was able to return to racing but was a lap down and could not gain enough time on the other riders. I am just hoping for better luck next week.”
Next Round: March 22, 2014 – Toronto, Canada
Results 450SX class Detroit
1. James Stewart (USA), Suzuki, 18:45.872 min (20 laps)
2. Ryan Villopoto (USA), Kawasaki, +1.703 sec
3. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM, +4.356
4. Andrew Short (USA), KTM, +19.229
5. Justin Barcia (USA), Honda, +20.642
11. Matthew Goerke (USA), KTM, +40.247
20. Ken Roczen (GER), KTM, 18 laps
Standings 450SX class after 11 of 17 rounds
1. Villopoto, 231 points
2. Dungey, 201
3. Stewart, 182
4. Roczen, 181
5. Justin Brayton (USA), Yamaha, 167
6. Short, 143
15. Goerke, 64