DUNGEY 3RD AT SEATTLE SUPERCROSS, ROCZEN SEVENTH!
SEATTLE, Washington – Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey earned 3rd overall at round fifteen of the Monster Energy Supercross Series held at Century Link Field while teammate Ken Roczen finished a hard fought 7th overall.
Ken Roczen and Ryan Dungey were among the top contenders in the early practice sessions. Roczen finished qualifying atop of the lap times placing him in heat race one. Dungey was fourth fastest in practice putting him in heat two.
Dungey kicked the night show off in fine form launching from his start gate in 2nd spot. By lap five he had found his rhythm and after making a few attempts to take the lead from Mike Alessi he made a pass stick with a lap to go and went on to win the heat.
Roczen qualified for the main by finishing heat two in 3rd spot. He didn’t get the best of starts getting out of the gate around 7th position; however, by lap two had worked his way up to 4th. Successfully maneuvering his way past Short he started to reel in Barcia in 2nd. Unfortunately time was not on his side and he was unable to get by Barcia transferring to the main event in 3rd.
In the main, Dungey got a good start on his KTM 450 SX-F rounding the opening turn just shy of the holeshot behind Villopoto. However, several mistakes early on allowed James Stewart who was in 3rd at the time to gain ground on Dungey and Stewart got past on lap four. Dungey pulled it together and held off a hard charging Eli Tomac to finish the night on the podium beside Villopoto and Stewart.
Roczen got a reasonable start and rounded the opening lap in 5th position. However a mistake in the rutted out whoops section prior the finish line jump on lap five cost him several positions. Soon a three way battle between Roczen, Short and Canard ensued for much of the remainder of the race with Roczen ultimately taking the checkers in 7th place.
“I am not happy with the way I rode and I made quite a few mistakes tonight,” stated Dungey. “I need to go back to the drawing board this week with the team in California. Having a weekend away from racing should do me good and I want to come out at New Jersey feeling refreshed and ready to go.”
“I just didn’t ride very well,” said Roczen. “I am really lucky that I managed to save myself from crashing in those whoops. That could have ended up a lot worse. I just didn’t find my rhythm again after that. I battled with Shorty and Canard for quite a bit but I just didn’t have my A game on tonight.”
Next Round: April 26, 2014 - New Jersey
Results 450SX class Seattle
1. Ryan Villopoto (USA), Kawasaki, 18:34.142 min (20 laps)
2. James Stewart (USA), Suzuki, +12.148 sec
3. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM, +21.653
4. Eli Tomac (USA), Honda, +26.672
5. Justin Barcia (USA), Honda, +35.769
7. Ken Roczen (GER), KTM, +48.783
8. Andrew Short (USA), KTM, +50.300
Standings 450SX class after 15 of 17 rounds
1. Villopoto, 318 points
2. Stewart, 270
3. Dungey, 267
4. Roczen, 249
5. Barcia, 214
7. Short, 194