Motocross: Ryan Dungey wins in front of home crowd at Spring Creek (VIDEO)

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In a return to his home state of Minnesota, Belle Plaine native Ryan Dungey returned to the top of the 450 Class podium with a 1-1 sweep of the Spring Creek National, the eighth round of 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.

Dungey won at Spring Creek in five straight seasons from 2008-2012 but had not been atop the podium at his home race since then. Today’s win not only snapped that drought, it also ended a three-race winless streak this season. The Red Bull KTM rider now leads the 450 Class with three overall wins and seven moto wins.

Fresh off a two-race win streak, Justin Barcia continued his trend of strong starts. He grabbed the holeshot in both motos, extending his holeshot streak to five consecutive motos and giving him eight total for the season. During his five-moto holeshot streak, Barcia has not finished worse than second in any of those races, but he has repeatedly had to contend with Dungey.

In Moto 1, Dungey went from third to first on the opening lap. First he got around Barcia’s JGR Yamaha teammate Phil Nicoletti after wheelieing into a jump and racing him side-by-side in the air. Then a tipover from Barcia allowed Dungey to take the lead away, and although Barcia kept the Red Bull KTM rider within sight for awhile, he couldn’t mount a challenge.

Dungey went on to win the moto, with Barcia finishing second. Ken Roczen rounded out the top three for the moto, with two more Suzuki riders – Blake Baggett and Broc Tickle – also inside the top five.

In the second moto, Barcia was able to maintain his holeshot-induced lead for a bit longer, although he very nearly lost out on the holeshot to Rockstar Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson. After some back and forth racing between the two, Barcia eventually secured the top spot but once again faced pressure from Dungey, who got around Fredrik Noren and Anderson to move into second.

Barcia led the first three laps of the race, but about eight-and-a-half minutes into the moto, he ceded the position to his recent nemesis. Once again, Dungey and Barcia would go 1-2 in the moto, putting them first and second overall, respectively, for the day.

“[This win] means a lot,” Dungey said after the race. “It’s been a couple years since I won here, and I always hate leaving. I had a couple tough breaks the previous years, but that one came down to me and Justin, and when I made the pass, I just tried to drop the hammer, and I was able to open up a little bit of a lead.”

Roczen appeared to be riding comfortably in third in Moto 2, but Baggett made a charge and caught him, making a pass with the countdown clock winding down to its final minutes. The pass proved to be the deciding factor in the battle for the final spot on the overall podium, as Baggett (4-3) edged out Roczen (3-4) for third overall by virtue of a tiebreaker, the better finish in the second moto.

Today’s win was Dungey’s second big accomplishment this week. On Wednesday night, he won an ESPY for Best Male Action Sports Athlete.

With four rounds left in the season, Dungey now holds a 56-point lead over Ken Roczen in the 450 Class championship standings. Barcia sits third, 69 points behind Dungey and just 13 back of Roczen.

450 Class Overall Results
1. Ryan Dungey (1-1)
2. Justin Barcia (2-2)
3. Blake Baggett (4-3)
4. Ken Roczen (3-4)
5. Jason Anderson (6-6)
6. Broc Tickle (5-7)
7. Fredrik Noren (8-5)
8. Christophe Pourcel (9-8)
9. Phil Nicoletti (7-10)
10. Josh Grant (10-9)

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”