ROCZEN SWEEPS BOTH MOTOS AND DUNGEY ON THE PODIUM AT REDBUD
BUCHANAN, Michigan – Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ken Roczen swept both motos at the RedBud National while his teammate, Ryan Dungey, joined him on the podium with 3rd overall.
RedBud fans got to see the #5 bike of Ryan Dungey pull off a great start as he earned the holeshot down the start straight of moto one. Unfortunately, he made a mistake on the first lap which allowed Trey Canard to pass for the lead. Meanwhile, his teammate Ken Roczen, started outside the top ten but quickly made passes toward the front of the pack.
On the fourth lap, Roczen was able to get around both Dungey and Canard as they were battling for the lead. Once in the lead, he rode a mistake-free race and went on to collect his fifth moto win of the season. Dungey remained on the rear wheel of Canard the remainder of the race but was unable to make the pass and settled for 3rd.
“The track is really deep and I got sprayed a lot which made it really hard to see”, stated Dungey. “I needed to make the pass on Canard quicker like Kenny (Roczen) was able to do. Unfortunately, I lost a lot of time not making that pass.”
On his KTM 450 SX-F it was Roczen who pulled the holeshot in the second moto while Dungey was two spots back in 3rd position. Roczen was quickly passed by Canard in the second corner and the two riders began a battle for the lead that lasted the first half of the race. Approximately five minutes in, Roczen passed Canard for the lead in the sand whoops but Canard did not let off and passed back two corners later. For another two laps Roczen pressured Canard as they raced bar to bar until he made the pass a second time in the sand whoops; this time maintaining the lead. Roczen went on to lead the remainder of the laps to take the second moto win by ten seconds. Roczen’s two-moto sweep of the event earned him the overall.
“It feels so good to get the win here”, stated Roczen. “It is a great feeling to finish a race and not be tired. It really allows you to have fun out there and that is what I was able to do today.”
Dungey started the race in 3rd position and dropped as low as 4th place around the mid-point of the race. After Canard suffered a crash, Dungey moved back into podium position and began to pressure Eli Tomac for the runner-up spot. Although he was unable to make the pass, he rode a consistent race and finished with another 3rd place result for 2nd overall.
Next Round: July 12, 2014 – Budds Creek National, Mechanicsville, MD
Results 450MX Class RedBud
1. Ken Roczen (GER), KTM (1-1)
2. Eli Tomac (USA), Honda (4-2)
3. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM (3-3)
4. Trey Canard (USA), Honda (2-4)
5. Andrew Short (USA), KTM (5-5)
13. Matt Goerke (USA), KTM (11-16)
Standings 450MX Class after 6 of 12 rounds
1. Roczen, 280 points
2. Dungey, 254
3. Canard, 226
4. James Stewart (USA), Suzuki, 196
5. Brett Metcalfe (AUS), Kawasaki, 168
7. Short, 134
16. Goerke, 59