DUNGEY AND ROCZEN ON THE PODIUM AT SPRING CREEK NATIONAL
MILLVILLE, Minnesota – Red Bull KTM Factory riders Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen earned 2nd and 3rd overall at the eighth round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series held at Spring Creek MX Park to remain in the top two positions in the championship point standings.
The teammates earned the top two fastest times in the morning qualifying sessions to earn the first two gate picks for the opening moto. Their choices paid off and the two teammates started first and second in the first moto with Ryan Dungey grabbing the holeshot. Ken Roczen quickly moved around his teammate as well as Eli Tomac who began an epic battle for the lead.
Roczen and Tomac reenacted a battle similar to those they shared last year in the 250MX class. With the crowd lining the fences to cheer on the battle the two swapped positions multiple times and had a great time racing for the number one position. With five minutes to go, Tomac began to pull Roczen and went on to take the win. Roczen held on for 2nd place while Dungey finished 3rd.
“It was great to battle with Eli (Tomac) again,” stated Roczen. “I wish I had a little more for him at the end of the moto but I am happy to be on the podium.”
In the second moto, both KTM riders earned good starts on their KTM 450 SX-F machines once again and found themselves up front early. This time it was Dungey who battled with Tomac for the top spot almost closing on his rear wheel near the halfway point. Tomac eventually took the win while Dungey finished 2nd and Roczen crossed the line in 4th. Dungey’s 3-2 moto finishes earned him 2nd overall while Roczen’s 2-4 results placed him 3rd overall for the day.
“I’m glad to land on the podium at my hometown race,” stated Dungey after the second moto. “I felt really good today and am glad to be battling upfront.”
Next Round: July 26, 2014 – Washougal, WA
Results 450MX class Spring Creek
1. Eli Tomac (USA), Honda (1-1)
2. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM (3-2)
3. Ken Roczen (GER), KTM (2-4)
4. Trey Canard (USA), Honda (4-3)
5. Josh Grant (USA), Yamaha (5-5)
7. Andrew Short (USA), KTM (9-7)
10. Matt Goerke (USA), KTM (12-11)
Standings 450MX class after 8 of 12 rounds
1. Roczen, 367 points
2. Dungey, 343
3. Canard, 302http://www.promotocross.com
4. James Stewart (USA), Suzuki, 226
5. Brett Metcalfe (AUS), Kawasaki, 222
8. Short, 187
14. Goerke, 99