Supercross: Dungey, Musquin make it three in a row with Indianapolis wins

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The Red Bull KTM team continued their recent domination of Monster Energy Supercross on Saturday night, with Ryan Dungey and Marvin Musquin both winning their respective classes at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. It’s the third week in a row the duo has successfully completed the sweep.

In the 450 Class main event, Dungey grabbed the lead on the opening lap and held on for a wire-to-wire victory. With his fifth win of the season, Dungey extended his points lead to 45 and has all the momentum right now.

A second-place finish from Cole Seely vaulted the 450SX rookie from seventh to fourth in the point standings. His American Honda teammate, Trey Canard, finished behind him in third but still faces a tough challenge to try to catch Dungey for the championship lead over the final six rounds.

It was a similar story in the 250 Class, as Marvin Musquin led all 15 laps of the main event to lock up his fourth win in five races. The Frenchman did it in dominant fashion, finishing 22 seconds ahead of the rest of the field by the time the checkered flag came out.

With another second-place result, Justin Bogle kept himself in title contention but will need to make up a 16-point deficit during the final three rounds of the 250SX East Region series. Although they didn’t get the win, it was a strong night for GEICO Honda overall, as Bogle’s rookie teammates – RJ Hampshire and Jordon Smith – finished third and fourth, respectively.

The big shocker in the 250 Class was Jeremy Martin failing to qualify for the main event. Last summer’s Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 250MX champion was forced to go through the LCQ to qualify, but a crash during the race resulted in him missing the cut and will likely cost him a shot at the title.

Monster Energy Supercross resumes next Saturday at Ford Field in Detroit.

Indianapolis 450SX Results
1. Ryan Dungey
2. Cole Seely (-3.9 seconds)
3. Trey Canard
4. Weston Peick
5. Davi Millsaps

450SX Point Standings (after 11 of 17 races)
1. Ryan Dungey, 249
2. Trey Canard, 204
3. Eli Tomac, 169
4. Cole Seely, 160
5. Ken Roczen, 156

Indianapolis 250SX Results
1. Marvin Musquin
2. Justin Bogle (-22.3 seconds)
3. RJ Hampshire
4. Jordon Smith
5. Kyle Cunningham

250SX East Point Standings (after 5 of 8 races)
1. Marvin Musquin, 122
2. Justin Bogle, 106
3. Jeremy Martin, 85
4. RJ Hampshire, 74
5. Joey Savatgy, 73

Miguel Oliveira wins MotoGP Thai Grand Prix, Bagnaia closes to two points in championship

MotoGP Thai Grand Prix
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Miguel Oliveira mastered mixed conditions on the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand to win the MotoGP Thai Grand Prix. Oliveira showed the adaptability as he navigated a race that began in wet conditions and turned dry over the course of the race. Oliveira won the Indonesian GP in similar conditions.

“It was a long race, but I can’t complain,” Oliveira said on CNBC. “Every time we get to ride in the wet, I’m always super-fast. When it started raining, I had flashbacks of Indonesia. I tried to keep my feet on the ground, make a good start and not make mistakes and carry the bike to the end.”

All eyes were on the championship, however. Francesco Bagnaia got a great start to slot into second in Turn 1.

Meanwhile Fabio Quartararo had a disastrous first lap. He lost five positions in the first couple of turns and then rode over the rumble strips and fell back to 17th. At the end of the first lap, Bagnaia had the points’ lead by two. A win would have added to the gain and for a moment, it appeared Bagnaia might assume the lead.

Early leader Marco Bezzecchi was penalized for exceeding track limits, but before that happened, Jack Miller got around Bagnaia and pushed him back to third. Oliveira was not far behind.

After throwing away ninth-place and seven points on the last lap of the Japanese GP last week, Bagnaia did not allow the competition to press him into a mistake. He fell back as far as fourth before retaking the final position on the podium.

“It’s like a win for me, this podium,” Bagnaia. “My first podium in the wet and then there was a mix of conditions, so I’m very happy. I want to thank Jack Miller. Before the race, he gave me a motivational chat.”

Miller led the first half of the Thai Grand Prix before giving up the top spot to Oliveira and then held on to finish second. Coupled with his Japanese GP win, Miller is now fully in the MotoGP championship battle with a 40-point deficit, but he will need a string of results like Bagnaia has put together in recent weeks – and he needs Bagnaia to lose momentum.

Miller’s home Grand Prix in Australia is next up on the calendar in two weeks.

Bagnaia entered the race 18 points behind Quartararo after he failed to score any in Japan. The balance of power has rapidly shifted, however, with Quartararo now failing to earn points in two of the last three rounds. Bagnaia won four consecutive races and finished second in the five races leading up to Japan. His third-place finish in Thailand is now his sixth MotoGP podium in the last seven rounds.

Aleix Espargaro entered the race third in the standings with a 25-point deficit to Quartararo, but was able to close the gap by only five after getting hit with a long-lap penalty for aggressive riding when he pushed Darryn Binder off course during a pass for position. Espargaro finished 11th.

Rain mixed up the Moto2 running order in the MotoGP Thai Grand Prix as well. Starting on a wet track, Somkiat Chantra led the opening lap in his home Grand Prix. He could not hold onto it and crashed one circuit later, but still gave his countrymen a moment of pride by winning the pole.

Half points were awarded as the race went only eight laps before Tony Arbolino crossed under the checkers first with Filip Salac and Aron Canet rounding out the podium.

American Joe Roberts earned another top-10 in eighth with Sean Dylan Kelly finishing just outside the top 10 in 11th.