DUNGEY WINS SOUTHWICK
SOUTHWICK, Massachusetts – Red Bull/KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey claimed his seventh win of the season at the ninth round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series at the legendary MX-338 race track.
When the gate dropped for the first moto, Ryan Dungey leaped off the line to a decent start and came around the first corner in 3rd position. He quickly passed Phil Nicoletti to take over the 2nd place spot by the start of lap two. Dungey then began to reel in the lead ride of Mike Alessi. At the halfway point of the race, Dungey was able to move past Alessi and take over the front spot. Dungey continued to charge while out front and pulled out to a 16 second lead by the end of the moto to capture the first moto win.
Dungey launched out to a better start in moto two and put his KTM 450 SX-F into the lead position within the first few turns. He quickly pulled out to a 7 second lead on the rest of the field. It was looking to be an easy race for the Red Bull/KTM rider until he cross-rutted near the halfway point and crashed. During the crash his gas cap fell off and he lost a large amount of fuel. Dungey quickly recovered and returned to racing in the 2nd place position. Within the next two laps, he caught and passed Alessi for the lead again and began to pull out front. His Red Bull/KTM Team was nervous that too much gas had been lost and they decided to have him come in for a quick fuel stop. With the help of some of the KTM off-road mechanics that were there to assist with Mike Brown and Kurt Caselli they made a quick and efficient fuel stop and Dungey returned to racing action with a full tank only losing one position to Tyla Rattray.
With four laps remaining, Dungey tried to close the gap on Rattray to retake the lead. Unfortunately, he was not able to make the pass, but he was able to hold on to a 2nd place finish which earned him his seventh overall victory of the season. With three rounds remaining, Dungey now holds an 85 point lead in the championship point standings.
Next Race: New Berlin, NY – August 18, 2012
Results 450 Motocross Class Southwick
1. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM – 1-2
2. Mike Alessi (USA), Suzuki – 2-3
3. Broc Tickle (USA), Kawasaki – 6-4
4. Davi Millsaps (USA), Yamaha – 7-6
5. Tyla Rattray (RSA), Kawasaki – 20-1
6. Mike Brown (USA), KTM – 9-7
11. Robbie Marshall (USA), KTM – 4-32
16. Les Smith (USA), KTM – 37-10
Standings 450 Motocross Class after 9 of 12 races
1. Dungey, 430 points
2. Alessi, 345
3. Jacob Weimer (USA), Kawasaki, 290
4. Andrew Short (USA), Honda, 273
5. Tickle, 253