DUNGEY FINISHES 2ND AT ARLINGTON SUPERCROSS!
ARLINGTON, Texas – Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey placed 2nd in front of the packed AT&T Stadium for the seventh round of the Monster Energy Supercross Series. His teammate, Ken Roczen, secured a 6th place finish to remain 2nd in the overall point standings.
Ryan Dungey was placed in the first 450SX heat race where he earned a decent jump out of the gate and rounded the first corner in sixtth position. Halfway into the heat race he was able to move around two riders to secure fourth place. On the final lap he began a battle for third position but was unable to make the pass stick. He held on to fourth place to transfer to the main event.
Teammate Ken Roczen was up next in 450SX heat number two. Roczen pulled a third place start on the first lap remaining right on the rear tires of the front runners. At the halfway point, he was able to make an inside pass on the front two riders as they pushed each other wide in a battle for the lead. Once in the lead position, he was able to pull a small gap and went on to take the heat win and a great gate pick for the main event.
In the 450SX main event, Dungey leaped out front first and was able to pull the holeshot aboard his KTM 450 SX-F race machine. Dungey led the first three laps of the race before falling one spot to second position. Meanwhile, Roczen had earned a fifth place start and found himself in the middle of a four-man train of riders that were battling for the final podium position. Throughout the race Roczen battled for multiple top five positions, swapping places with Justin Barcia, Ryan Villopoto and Justin Brayton along the way. Unfortunately, at the end of the twenty lap main, he had fallen to sixth place where he finished for the night.
While Roczen was in the mix and in the fray for the final podium, Dungey, up to the leaders remained close to Stewart for the remaining laps and was able to pull a gap on the third place rider. He rode a mistake free race and landed on the podium. His runner-up position helped boost his overall standing in the championship points to fourth place.
On the podium, Dungey commented: “Stewart was pulling a triple after the finish line that I wasn’t hitting for the first part of the race and I lost some time to him. He rode awesome tonight and I want to congratulate him on his win. My bike performed flawlessly tonight and I was really happy with my ride. We will build off of this for next weekend. I am really happy to be on the podium. It’s a great feeling to be up here.”
The evening also saw the launch of the 250-class East Coast competition and the top KTM rider was Cole Thompson in sixth place. Red Bull KTM Factory rider Marvin Musquin of France is still recuperating from surgery.
Next Round: February 22, 2014 - Atlanta, GA
Results 450SX class Arlington
1. James Stewart (USA), Suzuki, 15:28:253 min (20 laps)
2. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM, +3.174 sec
3. Justin Barcia (USA), Honda, +11.653
4. Ryan Villopoto (USA), Kawasaki, +14.344
5. Justin Brayton (USA), Yamaha, +16.718
6. Ken Roczen (GER), KTM, +18.311
10. Andrew Short (USA), KTM, +36.601
12. Ivan Tedesco (USA), KTM, +1 lap
15. Matthew Goerke (USA), KTM, +1 lap
Standings 450SX class after 7 of 17 rounds
1. Villopoto, 144 points
2. Roczen, 132
3. Stewart, 130
4. Dungey, 116
5. Brayton, 114
8. Short, 83
11. Tedesco, 55
18. Goerke, 32
Results East 250SX class Arlington
1. Adam Cianciarulo (USA), Kawasaki, 11:37:057 min (15 laps)
2. Blake Baggett (USA), Kawasaki, +5.289 sec
3. Martin Davalos (ECU), Kawasaki, +20.350
4. Vince Friese (USA), Honda, +23.015
5. Justin Bogle (USA), Honda, +24.052
6. Cole Thompson (CAN), KTM, +29.814
Standings East 250SX class after 1 of 9 rounds
1. Cianciarulo, 25 points
2. Baggett, 22
3. Davalos, 20
4. Friese, 18
5. Bogle, 16
6. Thompson, 15