DUNGEY EARNS CLEAN MOTO SWEEP TO TAKE VICTORY AT WASHOUGAL
WASHOUGAL, Washington – Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey earned both moto wins at the ninth round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross National Series in the 450MX class to claim the overall victory alongside his teammate Marvin Musquin who earned the same result in the 250MX class creating a historic moment for the KTM brand.
Fresh off a podium finish at his hometown race in Millville, MN the weekend before Ryan Dungey was ready to show his speed once more as the rider’s lined up for the morning qualifying sessions at Washougal MX Park. After two sessions, it was Dungey who topped the leaderboard with a time almost one second faster than the next closest rider. His top time earned him first gate pick for the main event. His teammate and series points leader, Ken Roczen, earned the 4th fastest time for a decent gate pick at the start of moto one.
Dungey had a great start off the line and quickly moved into the lead by the end of the first lap on the KTM 450 SX-F. Dungey led every moto of the sixteen lap race to take the overall win. Meanwhile, Roczen started around 10th place off the line and steadily worked his way up to 3rd place by the end of the race.
“I felt good out there,” stated Roczen. “But my thumb started to swell at the end of the moto. I’m not sure what from but it definitely hindered my performance.”
In the second moto, Dungey earned another great start and once again found himself in the lead before the completion of lap one. He again led every lap to take the win by eight seconds.
“I think I just got to a point after last week where I just got sick of not riding to my full potential this season,” commented Dungey. “To work so hard and not win really hurts so I came into this weekend wanting to ride my best and I think that is what I did. Everything just clicked today and I am happy to have made up ten points on Kenny toward the championship.”
Roczen also repeated his first moto result and earned another 3rd place finish in the second moto. His 3-3 scores earned him 3rd overall for the day.
“I was just a bit off my game today,” said Roczen after the final moto. “We have an off-weekend coming up so I will use that to recover and come back stronger at Unadilla.”
The Red Bull KTM teammates remain 1st and 2nd in the overall point standings. With three rounds remaining, Roczen now leads by 14 points over Dungey.
Next Round: New Berlin, NY – August 9, 2014 (Unadilla)
Results 450MX Class Washougal
1. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM (1-1)
2. Eli Tomac (USA), Honda (2-2)
3. Ken Roczen (USA), KTM (3-3)
4. Brett Metcalfe (USA), Kawasaki (5-4)
5. Andrew Short (USA), KTM (6-5)
14. Matthew Goerke (USA), KTM (12-17)
16. Evgeny Mikhaylov (USA), KTM (17-16)
17. Jimmy Albertson (USA), KTM (19-15)
19. Ryan Sipes (USA), KTM (14-39)
Standings 450MX Class after 9 of 12 rounds
1. Roczen, 407 points
2. Dungey, 393
3. Canard, 330
4. Metcalfe, 256
5. James Stewart (USA), Suzuki, 226
7. Short, 218
13. Goerke, 112
20. Albertson, 48