DUNGEY AND ROCZEN FINISH 1-2 AT GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS!
SAN BERNARDINO, California – Red Bull KTM Factory riders Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen topped the podium at the opening round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series finishing 1st and 2nd respectively in the 450 Motocross class.
The finishing order for the day was the same order that the teammates qualified in during practice. It was Ryan Dungey who earned the top time in the first practice while Ken Roczen topped the board in the second qualifying session.
When the gate dropped for moto one, it was Roczen with the better jump off the start. He rounded the first corner in 3rd place while Dungey was sitting in 4th. On the next lap, both riders passed Phil Nicoletti to move up another position. The two teammates remained close the entire race as they held on to their podium positions. At the end of the moto, Roczen was able to hold off his teammate to finish 2nd while Dungey rounded out the podium in 3rd.
In the second moto, the teammates put their KTM 450 SX-Fs up front early when Roczen pulled the holeshot with Dungey in tow. The two teammates quickly pulled away from the field as they battled each other for the win. With four laps remaining, Dungey began to pressure Roczen for the lead. The two raced bar to bar while the crowd rose to their feet.
On the final lap, with three corners to go, Dungey leaped past his teammate and made the pass for the lead. Moments later, Dungey crossed the line to take the win and the overall for the day while Roczen finished right behind him for 2nd overall. The two teammates excitedly congratulated each other and rode to the podium for a celebration.
“The track was really tough today”, stated Dungey. “The crew did a great job prepping it but it definitely got to be one-lined in the second moto. It was hard to make a pass and that is why it took so long for me to challenge for the lead. I’m really happy with my result today and hope to carry this momentum to Hangtown.”
Roczen commented: “I had a lot of fun today. I have raced the GP here before and ridden this track a lot so I knew what to expect. I was fortunate to get good starts and that kept me up front. I’m pumped to have a podium at the first round to get this season started right.”
Next Round: May 31, 2014 – Hangtown Motocross Classic, Sacramento, CA
Results 450MX Class Glen Helen
1. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM (3-1)
2. Ken Roczen (GER), KTM (2-2)
3. Trey Canard (USA), Honda, (7-3)
4. Brett Metcalfe (AUS), Kawasaki, (4-5)
5. Josh Grant (USA), Yamaha (1-15)
23. Andrew Short (USA), KTM (35-19)
Standings 450MX Class after 1 of 12 rounds
1. Dungey, 45 points
2. Roczen, 44
3. Canard, 34
4. Metcalfe, 34
5. Grant, 31
23. Short, 2