Red Bull KTM Factory riders Ryan Dungey and his two European teammates Ken Roczen and Marvin Musquin had a good day out at Round 8 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series, all finishing on their respective podiums.
Dungey took a 1-2 on what is one of his favorite tracks for overall second in the 450-class while Roczen and Musquin picked up a 2-2 and 3-4 respectively to seal second and third places in the 250s. Roczen continues to lead the championship points in the 250-class. Dungey is second in the 450-class and Musquin is in third in the 250s.
Dungey had a great start to his race day picking up the holeshot in the first moto to put his KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition race machine into the early lead. He then went on to lead every lap in an impressive moto to take the race win.
“Washougal has been a great track for me over the past few years. I have had a lot of moto wins and overalls at this track and I really enjoy this place,” stated Dungey.
Dungey nearly pulled the holeshot in the second moto but was edged out slightly by Josh Grant. Moments later, Dungey sprinted ahead of Grant and had the lead by the second corner. He and rival Ryan Villopoto then forged ahead of the rest of the pack, consistently running lap times 3-5 seconds faster than their competitors. Dungey held off Villopoto’s charge for the first eight minutes before Villopoto made a pass to take over the lead. They ended the day with equal points.
“I am bummed to not take the overall but I am happy I did not lose any points to Ryan (Villopoto) today,” stated Dungey on the podium. “I am working harder to get moto wins as I know I need them in order to close the point gap. I am looking forward to heading to Millville next weekend as it is my hometown track and I am hoping to do well in front of my local fans.”
Double 250-class podium for KTM’s European riders
Musquin of France got away well in the opening 250-class moto to be in the top five going into the first corner. Meanwhile German factory teammate Roczen was further back and crossed the line after the opening lap in ninth place.
Both riders worked their way through the pack in the first half of the race before they were locked in what is now a regular two-way battle. Roczen was able to make the pass on his teammate but Musquin did not drop back. The two stayed together and continued to close in on the top three riders. With three laps to go, Roczen moved up on Justin Bogle to take over third position while Musquin followed to take fourth. Then with two laps to go, both riders advanced another position after second placed Blake Baggett exited with a mechanical. They then raced wheel to wheel to finish 2-3 at the line.
“I tried really hard to not fall behind when Kenny passed me around the halfway mark,” stated Musquin. “I found some better lines after that and was able to stay close an I could even challenge him for the position.”
But it was Roczen who then got the better start in the second moto. He was fourth going into the opening corner while Musquin was two positions behind him. Roczen turned up the heat and was already in second behind Eli Tomac before the end of the first lap. He held onto that position right to the flag for an eventual overall second.
“My shoulders got a little tired in the second moto,” stated Roczen on the podium. “But no excuses, Eli rode better than me and I have to bounce back next week to continue to hold the points lead in the championship.” Roczen now has a slim one-point lead over his rival. He has held the points lead throughout the series so far.
Meanwhile Musquin managed to advance from his sixth to eventual fourth in the second moto to claim overall third. It was his fourth podium finish of the season.
“The shadows were really difficult to deal with in the second moto,” stated Musquin. “I struggled with my starts this weekend and couldn’t get up into the top three early in either moto. Luckily, I was able to still pull off a third place result but I want to be on the top of the podium for the remainder of the season.”
The next event will be held in Millville, MN on July 27, 2013. Roczen’s German fans will be able to follow the 250-class motos via real time big screen viewing at the Teutschenthal track in Germany, on the eve of the MXGP World Championship of Germany.
Overall Results 450 Class
1, Ryan Villopoto (2-1)
2, Ryan Dungey, KTM (1-2)
3, James Stewart (3-3)
4, Jake Weimer (10-4)
5, Mike Alessi (7-6)
6, Josh Grant (5-10)
7, Andrew Short KTM (6-9)
8, Chad Reed (9-7)
9, Broc Tickle (13-5)
10, Justin Barcia (4-17)
450 Class Championship Points
1, Ryan Villopoto – 380
2, Ryan Dungey – 338
3, Justin Barcia – 271
Overall Results 250 Class
1, Eli Tomac (1-1)
2, Ken Roczen KTM, (2-2)
3, Marvin Musquin KTM, (3-4)
4, Justin Bogle (3-4)
5, Justin Hill (4-6)
6, Zac Osborne (14-3)
7, Jason Anderson (11-5)
8, Martin Davalos (7-9)
9, Cole Seely (9-10)
10, Adam Cianciarulo (6-16)
250 Class Championship Points
1, Roczen KTM, 356
2, Tomac, 355
3, Musquin, KTM, 298