DUNGEY WINS INDIANAPOLIS SUPERCROSS!
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey took his first 450SX win of the season at the ninth round of the Monster Energy Supercross Series held at Lucas Oil Stadium in front of a packed crowd. His dominate win moved him to second overall in the championship point standings.
Ryan Dungey was on the gas from the first practice through the final checkered flag. He turned the fastest qualifying time in the first timed practice which earned him the first gate pick in his heat race. He and his teammate, Ken Roczen, were placed in the same heat. When the gate dropped, Dungey came around the first corner in third position while Roczen sat about mid-pack.
On his KTM 450SX-F Dungey spent the first half of the heat race reeling in Justin Brayton. He made a pass to take over second position at the three lap mark and then began to chase the lead ride. Dungey charged forward and came within two bike lengths of the lead rider before the checkered flag. His second place result earned him an easy transfer spot to the main event. Meanwhile, Roczen struggled to find his rhythm in the heat race and finished fifth just one spot away from qualifying.
Roczen returned to the track for the semi race. He easily pulled the holeshot and went on to lead every lap of the semi to earn a transfer spot in the main event.
Dungey continued his good fortune in the main event where he pulled a second place start behind holeshot winner Mike Alessi. Roczen had a good jump but got pinched off by Ryan Villopoto, Josh Hill and James Stewart. The four riders ended up colliding and all crashed around the first corner. Roczen had to start from the back of the back and spent the first half of the race making passes to move toward the top ten.
Out front, Dungey used the first four laps to determine where to make a pass for the lead. He was able to do it on a big sweeping turn before the sand section. He made a clean pass to take over first place. Once in the lead, Dungey was never challenged for the remaining laps and went on to take his first win of the season by a margin of seven seconds.
“This win was a long time coming”, stated Dungey. “It feels so good to finally be on the top step. The track was really tough tonight. It was very soft and technical with a lot of big ruts. We are only halfway into the season and I’m finally gaining some points toward the championship. My goal is to remain consistent as you never know what can happen with eight rounds remaining. I want to give a big thanks to the entire Red Bull KTM Factory Team for their hard work.”
Back on the track, Roczen had worked his way up to ninth place by the thirteenth lap of the race. He then made another pass for eighth place on Justin Brayton but the pass would be short lived as Roczen made a mistake in a rhythm section moments later resulting in an over the bars crash. Roczen walked away from the crash but was clearly shook up. He pulled off after the incident and did not finish the race.
“I hit the ground pretty hard after my crash off the start when I got caught-up with Villopoto”, stated Roczen. “I pushed hard for the next few laps, but then I cased a triple in a rhythm section which sent me flying over the bars. I feel really beat up and am disappointed to not finish the race but am thankful I am okay and will be back to race Daytona.”
Heading to the tenth round of the season, Dungey has jumped up to second overall in the point standings while Roczen remains third overall despite not finishing the Indianapolis Supercross.
Next Round: March 8, 2014 – Daytona Beach, FL
Results 450SX class Indianapolis
1. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM, 18:23:650 min (20 laps)
2. Eli Tomac (USA), Honda, +6.926 sec
3. Cole Seely (USA), Honda, +12.217
4. Ryan Villopoto (USA), Kawasaki, +15.472
5. Broc Tickle (USA), Suzuki, +18.055
6. Andrew Short (USA), KTM, +30.040
21. Ken Roczen (GER), KTM, +13 laps
Standings 450SX class after 9 of 17 rounds
1. Vilopoto, 184 points
2. Dungey, 161
3. Roczen, 158
4. James Stewart (USA), Suzuki, 154
5. Justin Brayton (USA), Yamaha, 143
8. Short, 109
12. Ivan Tedesco (USA), KTM, 62
19. Matthew Goerke (USA), KTM, 41