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

Racing Safety United aims to reduce the risk of injury to drivers

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Racing is an inherently dangerous sport.

The Racing Safety United (RSU) alliance aims to reduce some of that risk with the formation of a multi-discipline advocacy group that includes all major stakeholders of the sport: sanctioning bodies, drivers, track owners and equipment manufacturers – just to name a few of the many businesses that impact a driver’s welfare once they strap into the seat of a racecar.

Originally spearheaded by sports car driver RJ Valentine, the alliance initially intends to focus on track safety. Because expenses can be razor thin for short tracks, a financial aid program is in the works to help with safety upgrades.

“As a racer, I’ve witnessed a lot of horrible crashes and it always astounds me that, for the most part, the motorsports community continues to accept it, including drivers,” Valentine said in a press release. “Because safety improvement adoption is slow, I realized we need support from constituents in all sectors of motorsports to make any real changes happen.

“Initially, track safety is one of RSU’s top priorities, mainly because it receives the least amount of attention. However, we intend to address all safety areas from helmets to driver education.”

RSU’s first official meeting is scheduled on December 6th during the PRI Show to discuss and prioritize safety initiatives.

The RSU is currently made up of 30 members including former NASCAR driver Jerry Nadeau, NHRA team owner Don Schumacher, Flying Lizard owner Darren Law, Randy Lajoie – owner of The Joie of Seating, sportscar driver Andrew Pilgrim and journalist Dick Berggren.

More information can be found on the RSU site.