Although Ryan Dungey was unable to cut into Ken Roczen’s championship lead today, Dungey will leave Budds Creek with some momentum after racing his best moto of the season and securing his second overall win of the year in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
The Red Bull KTM duo of Dungey and Roczen was dominant all day, but it was Roczen who asserted control in the opening moto for the 450 Class. Trey Canard held the early lead in the race, but Roczen eventually worked his way around Dungey for second place and then set his sights on Canard. On the fifth lap of the race, Roczen turned up the speed as the two riders went downhill, then passed Canard on the outside of the next turn. Dungey also got around Canard a few laps later, and while he was able to close the gap on his teammate for the lead, Dungey couldn’t get within striking distance and would finish the moto in the runner-up spot behind Roczen.
Moto 2 featured an absolutely dominant effort though from Dungey, who grabbed the MotoSport.com Holeshot and led wire-to-wire for the moto victory. The great start left Dungey with a clear track ahead of him, and without anyone there to apply the pressure, he was able to comfortably ride his own race. Leading all 17 laps in the race, Dungey – who entered the day having led just nine laps total during the 2014 season – nearly tripled that number by the end of one moto. Roczen fended off a fierce challenge from Eli Tomac late in the moto to finish second behind Dungey.
Watch the recap of the second 450 Class moto:
“I just got that start, which was key, and I was just able to race my laps,” Dungey said, speaking to why he was able to dominate the moto. “The track’s really coming around – it was very tough [in the first moto].”
With Dungey and Roczen both earning a first-place and a second-place moto finish today, the two teammates ended up tied in the overall results, meaning that Roczen’s championship lead will remain fixed at 26 points. Dungey earned the overall win though by virtue of the tiebreaker – having the better result in Moto 2 – and has now won at Budds Creek three years in a row.
Dungey talks about his Budds Creek victory:
“We all have our [off] days,” Roczen said after the race. “I’m so happy to finish off the day and keep the points lead the same. That’s all I can ask for.”
With the championship race still tight, the series shifts to Spring Creek next week for the eighth round of the series, where Dungey will get to compete in Minnesota in front of his hometown fans.
Budds Creek Overall Results
1. Ryan Dungey (2-1)
2. Ken Roczen (1-2)
3. Eli Tomac (4-3)
4. Trey Canard (3-4)
5. Weston Peick (6-5)
6. Josh Grant (9-6)
7. Andrew Short (8-7)
8. Brett Metcalfe (7-11)
9. Phil Nicoletti (12-8)
10. Matt Goerke (11-10)
*Moto 1 and Moto 2 results in parenthesis