DUNGEY AND ROCZEN FINISH 2-3 AT FINAL SUPERCROSS ROUND IN LAS VEGAS!
LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Red Bull KTM Factory riders Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen finished 2nd and 3rd respectively at the final round of the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross Series held at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Ryan Dungey was placed in the first 450SX heat where he launched off the line to a 4th place start. He was able to move up one position during the heat to secure 3rd place in the race for a transfer spot to the main event.
Teammate Ken Roczen was in the second 450SX heat. Roczen started the race in 8th position. He was able to pass two riders but his 6th place finish was not strong enough to transfer to the main and he was sent to the semi race.
Roczen got a great start in his semi race and took the lead. He went on to win the race for a spot on the main event gate. The track was rutted and dusty and the riders were faced with the hottest temperatures of the series. “Today was good preparation for outdoors because it was very warm and challenging”, stated Roczen.
Both Red Bull KTM riders lined up for the main event where they launched their KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition motorcycles to a top five start. Dungey was sitting in 3rd place while Roczen was one spot back in 4th. On the second lap, both riders were able to pass Jake Weimer to move up one position. Dungey made his pass after tripling past Weimer in a rhythm section while Roczen passed him through the whoops. Once in podium position, both riders held their position and finished the race in those same spots.
The 2nd and 3rd place results were also where both riders finished in the championship point standings. “I was hoping for a win in Vegas”, remarked Dungey. “I am happy to be on the podium but was really hoping to be closer to a win tonight. Now we will go back to California to test for two weeks before outdoors start. I am pumped to finish 2nd overall in the series points and hope to make it one spot better next season.”
In the smaller capacity Supercross series KTM celebrated success with Jason Anderson taking the West Coast 250SX class championship, while also taking third place in the East-West Shootout. It was a hard fought championship for 21-year-old Anderson, who came into the final round with an eight-point lead in the title chase with four wins in the bag aboard his KTM 250 SX-F. The KTM pilot fended off his main rival Cole Seely and a sixth place finish in the race secured him his first career title.
Next Round: AMA MX, May 24, 2014 – San Bernardino, CA
Results 450SX Class Las Vegas
1. Ryan Villopoto (USA), Kawasaki, 23:22.648 min (20 laps)
2. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM, +13.922 sec
3. Ken Roczen (GER), KTM, +24.487
4. Justin Barcia (USA), Honda, +41.087
5. Trey Canard (USA), Honda, +46.266
10. Andrew Short (USA), KTM, +1 lap
Final Standings 450SX Class after 17 of 17 rounds
1. Villopoto, 368 points
2. Dungey, 304
3. Roczen, 285
4. James Stewart (USA), Suzuki, 272
5. Barcia, 250
6. Short, 218
Results 250SX West Class Las Vegas
1. Dean Wilson (USA), Kawasaki, 17:32:811 min (15 laps)
2. Cooper Webb (USA), Yamaha, +1.000 sec
3. Justin Hill (USA), Kawasaki, +9.627
4. Cole Seely (USA), Honda, +17.863
5. Malcolm Stewart (USA), Honda, +28.449
6. Jason Anderson (USA), KTM, +37.579
Final Standings 250SX West Class after 9 of 9 rounds
1. Anderson, 193 points (250SX West Champion 2014)
2. Seely, 188
3. Wilson, 163
4. Hill, 159
5. Webb, 143
Results 250SX Shootout Las Vegas
1. Hill, 11:30.553 min (10 laps)
2. Wilson, +1.476 sec
3. Anderson, +14.494
4. Webb, +18.100
5. Jeremy Martin (USA), Yamaha, +20.966