Ryan Dungey wins Motocross opener at Glen Helen thanks to last-lap pass

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If the first race of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship was any indication, this is going to be one exciting summer.

The series kicked off at Glen Helen Raceway on Saturday, and the overall win in the 450 Class came down to a battle between two Red Bull KTM teammates – two-time 450MX champion Ryan Dungey and 450MX rookie Ken Roczen.

In the second moto of the day, Dungey spent most of the race chasing down Roczen. Finally within striking distance on the last lap, Dungey charged hard and made his move with just a few turns left in the race, overtaking Roczen and just narrowly beating him to the checkered flag.

By virtue of a third-place finish in Moto 1 and a win in Moto 2, Dungey also took home the overall victory. Roczen emerged as the runner-up with 2-2 finishes but is just one point behind Dungey in the standings entering the next race.

Click here to watch the final lap of the battle between Dungey and Roczen.

The 250 Class was considerably less competitive. Jeremy Martin, who was flying a bit under the radar as a championship threat this year, dominated the competition – winning both of the 250MX motos by a wide margin. Racing just his second full season as a pro, the kid from Minnesota has grabbed himself the early points lead.

Visit ProMotocross.com for more video highlights and recaps from each of today’s motos.

The series stays in California next weekend when Hangtown hosts the second round.

F1: Red Bull Racing confirms switch to Honda engines next season

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Honda will become Red Bull’s engine supplier from next season after the Formula One team confirmed its anticipated split with Renault on Tuesday.

The Japanese manufacturer will supply engines for 2019 and 2020, and Red Bull team principal Christian Horner hailed the deal as “an exciting new phase” in the bid to return to the top of F1.

“After careful consideration and evaluation, we are certain this partnership with Honda is the right direction for the team,” Horner said in a team statement. “We have been impressed by Honda’s commitment to F1, by the rapid steps they have made in recent times with our (feeder) team Toro Rosso.”

It is a boost for Honda, which was unceremoniously dumped by McLaren at the end of last year.

Honda has started this season brightly as engine provider for Toro Rosso, and this may have been a key factor in Red Bull finally ditching Renault.

“Honda’s alignment with both Red Bull Formula One teams provides enormous potential,” Horner said. “Honda will have access to a wealth of data from both outfits, with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing leading the way, and the opportunities for faster, more effective and more competitive development are doubled.”

The deal brings to an end Red Bull’s 12-year partnership with Renault.

Although relations became increasingly strained between the two parties in recent years, it was once a dream partnership as Red Bull and Renault won four straight drivers’ and constructors’ championships with Sebastian Vettel behind the wheel from 2010-13.

During that glory era, Vettel and teammate Mark Webber won 47 grand prix. Since 2013, results have somewhat dried up and there have been only 10 race wins.

“We have sometimes had our differences but Renault has always worked tirelessly and to the best of its ability to provide us with a competitive power unit,” Horner said.

He was not always quite so complimentary about Renault. He has regularly and publicly criticized Renault’s reliability in recent years – although it has been hard to judge sometimes.

Red Bull showed good speed toward the end of last season when Max Verstappen won two races, and teammate Daniel Ricciardo won this season’s Chinese GP with a brilliant drive. The difference in speed between Red Bull and Mercedes appears less than before, although Ferrari remains noticeably quicker.

Verstappen’s form has picked up after a poor start to 2018, marred by crashes, and he has taken third place in two of the past three races.

Meanwhile, McLaren’s partnership with Renault has not been as successful as they anticipated after dropping Honda following three fruitless seasons together.

Two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso has failed to finish the past two races and has yet to place higher than fifth. Renault teammate Nico Hulkenberg has a best finish of fourth place.