ROCZEN AND DUNGEY WITH 1-3 PODIUM FINISH FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE WEEK
LAKEWOOD, Colorado – For the second consecutive week, Red Bull KTM Factory riders Ken Roczen and Ryan Dungey secured podium positions with Roczen clinching the win and Dungey finishing 3rd overall. This time their 450 Motocross class accomplishments came at the third round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship held at Thunder Valley Raceway.
It was Ryan Dungey who had the best start of the two teammates in the first moto coming around on lap one with a 4th place position. Teammate Ken Roczen was a few places back in 6th. Dungey quickly moved around Andrew Short on the second lap and around Josh Grant just two laps later to move into the runner-up position. Once in position, he began to reel in the lead ride of James Stewart. Dungey battled for the lead position around the halfway point but was unable to make the pass stick on Stewart.
Meanwhile, Roczen put together a strong charge on is KTM 450 SX-F and passed Trey Canard for 3rd place just after the halfway point of the race. Roczen then began to close in on Dungey and soon found himself in a familiar battle with Dungey for a podium position. Roczen made the pass on his teammate and was then able to work his way toward Stewart. He applied the pressure but was unable to make the pass on the final lap and settled for 2nd place. Dungey had 3rd place in the bag before a late moto crash, due to poor vision after running out of tearoffs, cost him one spot. Luckily, he recovered quickly and finished the moto in 4th place.
In the second moto, Dungey earned another great start and was battling up front early on. It was only a few laps into the race when Roczen was able to move around Dungey and begin to battle Trey Canard for the lead. After a little back and forth, Roczen eventually claimed the top spot and went on to lead the remaining laps, turning the fastest lap time of the day while in the process. Despite not being able to challenge for the lead, Dungey did catch and pass Canard as well and moved into the 2nd place spot behind Roczen. He remained within three seconds of him for the majority of the race before falling slightly behind in the last few laps. The Red Bull KTM Factory riders, once again, earned the top two spots for the day.
During the press conference, Dungey stated: “I am definitely pushing to improve myself each race. Luckily, Kenny (Roczen) and I have been practicing a lot together which is good for both of us. Today I made a few mistakes and he had a bit more speed than me in some areas but overall I feel good and am excited about this season.”
Roczen commented: “I am happy to get another win. My focus is to continue to win motos and keep the red-plate. I had a great second moto race today and feel really good about my results and fitness.”
Next Round: June 14, 2014 – High Point National, Mt. Morris, PA
Results 450MX Class Thunder Valley
1. Ken Roczen (GER), KTM (2-1)
2. James Stewart (USA), Suzuki (1-3)
3. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM (4-2)
4. Trey Canard (USA), Honda (3-4)
5. Josh Grant (USA), Yamaha (5-6)
8. Andrew Short (USA), KTM (6-9)
Standings 450MX Class after 3 of 12 rounds
1. Roczen, 141 points
2. Dungey, 129
3. Stewart, 111
4. Canard, 110
5. Brett Metcalfe (AUS), Kawasaki, 89
13. Short, 47