Red Bull/KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey earned his second podium finish of the season with a pair of 2nd place finishes placing him in the runner-up spot at the second round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship held at Freestone Raceway.
The hot temperatures and demanding terrain was an obstacle for most, but Dungey came prepared. He rocketed his KTM 450 SX-F off the line at the start of the first moto to round the first corner in 3rd. He moved around Nico Izzi on the second lap to take over 2nd place. From that point on it was a 17 lap race to the finish as he trailed James Stewart by less than a bike length throughout most of the moto as he challenged for the lead. On the final lap, a few lappers came into play and halted Dungey’s momentum. Although he did not grab the lead, he was able to put in a tremendous ride for 2nd place.
The temperatures continued to rise but Dungey prevailed. His conditioning paid off and he jumped out to a better start in the second moto. He was in 2nd place off the start and began his chase to track down Stewart. The two riders pulled away out front never more than a second between them. Dungey and Stewart continued to better each others lap times throughout the entirety of the race. Dungey’s fitness came into play as he continued to push each lap to pressure Stewart. The two frontrunners were able to pull out over a minute ahead of the 3rd place rider. At the end of the battle Dungey maintained his 2nd place position and earned 2nd overall for the day. After two rounds, Dungey sits 2nd in the overall series point standings. Ã‚Â
Next Event: Round 3 – Thunder Valley MX Park, Lakewood, CO – June 2, 2012