KEN ROCZEN CLAIMS ANOTHER VICTORY AT RED BULL TENNESSEE NATIONAL
The Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series took over Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tennessee for Round Five of the series. Red Bull/KTM’s rookie, Ken Roczen managed to capture the overall at Muddy Creek by taking the win in moto two, over his teammate, Ryan Dungey. North Carolina-native and Muddy Creek local, Cooper Webb captured his first ever Motocross victory in moto two and managed to claim his first overall victory, as well.
After winning the Oakley Bomb Award in the 450 class for the fastest qualifying lap, Eli Tomac also took the $500 Motosport.com holeshot award in his first ever 450 motocross race. Tomac was one of the few riders who managed to get out of turn one before the huge pile up involving; Grant, Dungey, Stewart, Reed, Malcolm Stewart, among others. All of the riders managed to get back on their bikes with minor issues and a lot of ground to make up.
The series points leader, Ken Roczen was not far behind Tomac out of the gate, followed by, Muscle Milk/Honda rider, Trey Canard. Ryan Dungey must have been close to the top of the pile-up in turn one, as he managed to come around in fifth, just behind BTO Sports/KTM’s Matt Goerke.
Roczen was able to keep his bike low in the air and get power to the ground before Tomac to take over the lead. Unfortunately for Roczen, the track got the best of him not long after, allowing Tomac to move back into the lead. Roczen dropped back to fifth, while Tomac led the next twenty minutes of the moto.
Canard was the only rider who attempted to put the pressure on Tomac for the majority of the race. However, as the usual front running KTM’s readjusted themselves from their earlier misfortunes, they began to quickly close the gap.
Dungey managed to make a quick pass on Canard for second, after the Honda rider left the inside line open. Shortly after, Ken Roczen also made his way by Canard, as the track also got the best of Canard.
As the KTM teammates pushed their way to the front, James Stewart had also managed to make his way through the pack. Stewart made his way all the way from last place to tenth position, with about ten minutes remaining on the clock.
Dungey didn’t seem to be wasting anytime, as he made his pass by Tomac, in a hurry to put an obstacle between himself and Roczen. However, Roczen also made quick work of Tomac to move into second behind Dungey.
With only two laps to go, Stewart had managed to make it all the way to back tire of Trey Canard, to put himself into fifth position.
Unable to make the pass for the lead on Dungey, Ken Roczen settled for a second in moto one. Dungey claimed the top step of the podium, while Tomac grabbed third in moto one for the first premier class podium of his career.
After capturing the win in moto one, Dungey led the pack into turn one in moto two, to capture the Motosport.com holeshot award. However, Ken Roczen was quick to strike and took over the lead nearly right away.
Just fresh off a collarbone injury, Eli Tomac found himself running in third again, followed by Phil Nicholetti and Trey Canard in the four and five spots. Canard managed to make his way by Nicholetti, followed by the number thirty-three of Josh Grant. Grant looked to challenge Canard for fourth, but couldn’t seem to get the job done just yet.
After going down in turn one, once again, Stewart had managed to make his way from last into the top ten around the halfway point. However, with thirteen minutes left on the clock, Stewart was down again, after he got cross-rutted in the trenches of Muddy Creek. Stewart found himself back in seventeenth position, after regrouping from the accident.
As the race neared the closing laps, the front runners had managed to run such an outstanding pace that they had lapped all the way up to tenth. Dungey began to close on Roczen as the laps ticked away, and he was able to capitalize on a mistake by Roczen, to close up to his back tire.
However, Roczen managed to hold on, to capture the second moto win and the overall on the day. Dungey went 1-2 to take second overall at Muddy Creek, while Tomac went 3-3 to take the final podium position for the day.
In the 250 class, it was Chrsitophe Pourcell that led the pack into turn one, to take the Motorsport.com Holeshot award. Justin Hill, from the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team, came out of the gate just behind Pourcell, followed by Justin Bogle and Marvin Musquin.
Familiar with the European style track, Musquin looked to move into a podium position, as he traded some paint with Bogle, before taking over third. Unfortunately, the track got the best of Musquin and he went down shortly after making the move on Bogle.
Turn one managed to get the best of a lot of the racers, as well, like; series points leader Jeremy Martin, Dean Wilson, in his first race back, and rookie Joey Savatagy, among others.
With Jeremy Martin out of the picture, it was Cooper Webb that was on the hunt for the spotlight, as he made his way into fourth, in a hurry. Justin Bogle also hungry for some championship points, ran it in deep on Justin Hill and after some bar banging, he put his Honda into second. Webb followed Bogle by Hill, to move into third.
Around the twenty minute mark, last week’s race winner, Blake Baggett closed on Justin Hill, and made a clean pass down the inside. However, as Baggett moved into fourth, Webb took away the inside from Bogle to move into second and set his sights set on Pourcell, out front.
Looking to keep Webb insight, Baggett was all over Bogle, going everywhere Bogle wasn’t. Baggett managed to make the pass for third, on Bogle, and set his sights on chasing down the youngster, Cooper Webb.
As Webb closed in on Pourcell, Pourcell began to get hung up on some lapped traffic, allowing Webb to close in on his back tire. Webb managed to make the pass on the outside to take over the lead.
With four laps remaining, Baggett made his way by Pourcell, to move into second and slowly close on Webb. In the final corner of the race Baggett managed to get the power to the ground and finish only a bike length in front of Webb for the win.
After leading the majority of the moto, Pourcell managed to hang onto third and take the final podium position in moto one.
In moto two, it was Justin Bogle on his GEICO Honda who took the Motorsport.com Holeshot award. However, Christophe Pourcell didn’t waste any time getting his Yamaha out front, with Cooper Webb hot on his heels.
Webb made quick work of Pourcell, to put himself into the lead, with Baggett running back in fifth.
After getting pushed back to third off the start, Justin Bogle looked eager to make the pass for second on Pourcell. Bogle managed to complete the pass and put his Honda into second position.
After making his way by Pourcell and Bogle, Baggett had made his way into second position, just behind Webb. With four laps to go, Baggett looked to take the inside away from Webb, but, Webb managed to protect the line and hold onto the lead.
Webb held onto the lead for the remaining laps to take his first ever race win and overall victory in his professional motocross career. After experiencing some issues in the final lap, Blake Baggett took second overall at Muddy Creek, with Justin Bogle taking the final podium position.
Next week the series will head to the infamous RedBud in Buchanan, Michigan for Round six of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series.
450 CLASS – MUDDY CREEK – TENNESSEE
- Ken Roczen (2-1)
- Ryan Dungey(1-2)
- Eli Tomac (3-3)
- Trey Canard (4-4)
- Andrew Short (6-8)
- Weston Peick (10-5)
- Brett Metcalfe (9-7)
- James Stewart (5-11)
- Josh Grant (11-6)
- Justin Brayton (8-15)
450 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
- Ken Roczen (230)
- Ryan Dungey (214)
- James Stewart (187)
- Trey Canard (186)
- Brett Metcalfe (141)
- Weston Peick (131)
- Josh Grant (129)
- Malcolm Stewart (108)
- Chad Reed (105)
- Andrew Short (102)
250 CLASS – MUDDY CREEK – TENNESSEE
- Cooper Webb (2-1)
- Blake Baggett(1-3)
- Justin Bogle (4-2)
- Christophe Pourcel (3-4)
- Marvin Musquin (5-5)
- Cole Seely (6-8)
- Jeremy Martin (10-6)
- Jessy Nelson (7-10)
- Dean Wilson (14-7)
- Kyle Cunningham (8-13)
250 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
- Jeremy Martin (203)
- Cooper Webb (195)
- Blake Baggett (186)
- Justin Bogle (166)
- Christophe Pourcel (166)
- Marvin Musquin (143)
- Jason Anderson (129)
- Jessy Nelson (116)
- Cole Seely (115)
- Justin Hill (103)