#5 Ryan Dungey Victory Lap Budds Creek
RYAN DUNGEY EARNS THIRD STRAIGHT VICTORY AT BUDDS CREEK
As the gates dropped at Budds Creek on 450 Moto one, it was the JGRMX team up front with Justin Brayton taking the Motosport.com Holeshot Award. Red Bull/KTM’s Ryan Dungey and Muscle Milk/Honda rider, Trey Canard forced the issue very quickly to make their way into the two and three spots.
As Dungey began to put the pressure on Brayton for the lead, Canard snuck up to make the pass for second. Canard also made his way by JGRMX’s Justin Brayton, with a pass on the outside to take over the lead.
As Dungey made his by Brayton, Roczen followed to fill in just behind Dungey. Roczen made quick work of Dungey by jumping by him around the outside. After Roczen made it by Dungey, he set his sights on chasing down the forty-one of Trey Canard. The young German rider was able to make his way into the lead, shortly before the halfway point, making his way by Trey Canard.
Heading into the second half of the Moto Dungey was also able to make his way by Canard, to put the number five back into second position. As Tomac pushed to close the 6 second gap between himself and Canard, James Stewart was also able to close in on the back tire of Tomac.
As the final laps of the Moto closed in, Ryan Dungey closed the gap on Roczen. Unfortunately time ran out for former champ, Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen was able to walk away with the Moto win. Ryan Dungey claimed second, while Trey Canard took the final podium position.
In Moto two it was the Red Bull/KTM of Ryan Dungey that led the pack into turn one, capturing the Motosport.com Holeshot award.
However, Ken Roczen was able to make passes quickly to put his KTM into the number two spot with over twenty-five minutes to go. Canard was also able to make his way by Josh Grant, to put himself into third position.
After some bad luck on and off the track in the past weeks, Stewart had finally put his Suzuki back into the top five and began closing on Canard. Stewart was able to get by Canard, but Canard was quick to strike back. Canard’s pass back on Stewart seemed to discourage Stewart and allowed the number three of Eli Tomac to close in on the number seven.
Tomac was also able to make a clean pass on Stewart, to move into fourth, with sights set on Canard. Tomac set himself up to make the pass on Canard with over ten minutes left on the clock, but, Canard managed to hold off all attacks from the number three.
With three minutes left on the clock, Tomac managed to find away around Canard and put his Honda into third. Around the ten-minute mark, Roczen was holding a twelve second lead over third position. But in the closing laps of the race, Tomac was able to close in on the back tire of Roczen.
Ryan Dungey led the entire Moto to capture the Moto win and the overall victory at Budds Creek. Ken Roczen went 1-2 to take second overall. Unfortunately time ran out for Eli Tomac, but he managed to finish out Moto two in third to take third overall on the day.
In the 250 class, Justin Bogle was the first rider to cross the Motosport.com Holeshot line, stealing the holeshot award from Christophe Pourcel.
Jason Anderson was on the move early, after pulling the fastest qualifying time in timed practice. He managed to get by Pourcel quickly to put himself into second, with sights set on Bogle. Both 2014 Supercross champions had found their way in to the one and two spots, with Bogle leading the way. However, neither of these riders have won a motocross race yet this year or been able to find much success in the series.
Anderson was also quick to strike on Bogle and successfully made the pass for the lead on his way through the mechanics area. As Jason Anderson began to put some time between himself and the rest of the pack, the series points leader, Jeremy Martin and Christophe Pourcel set sail to battle over third. Jeremy Martin was able to get by the Frenchman to move into third around the halfway point.
Jeremy Martin stretched it out to make the pass on the GEICO/Honda of Justin Bogle, to take over second position. As Martin set sail to chase down Anderson, Blake Baggett was able to get by the three-seventy-seven of Christophe Pourcel and Eastern Supercross Champion, Justin Bogle, to put himself into third.
With two laps to go, Blake Baggett caught sight of the current points leader, Jeremy Martin. As Baggett closed in on Martin, Martin was able to close in on Anderson, making it less than a two second gap from first to third.
Jason Anderson was able to hold on to the lead to take the first ever motocross win of his career. Jeremy Martin also held on to second to take home some valuable championship points. Unfortunately for Blake Baggett, time ran out for him to fight his way through the pack but still managed to pull off a third place finish.
Heading into Moto two, it was the series points leader, Jeremy Martin who captured the Motosport.com Holeshot award.
After a mediocre finish in Moto one, Cooper Webb was on the move, putting himself into the number five position early. However, Blake Baggett was also on the move and a little further ahead than Webb. Baggett managed to get by Moto one winner, Jason Anderson, in a hurry to put himself into third. Webb also made his way by Anderson, to chase down Baggett and the series points leader, Jeremy Martin.
With twenty minutes left on the clock, Jeremy Martin held a three and a half second lead over Pourcel, as Baggett and Pourcel set to fight over second position.
Around the halfway mark, Baggett was able to get by Pourcel, with a small mistake from the Frenchman. Blake Baggett managed to close the six second gap on Martin. With only five minutes remaining on the clock, Baggett was able to get the power to the ground, through the rollers, and make the pass on Martin for the lead.
Blake Baggett managed to pull off a fifteen second lead when the checkers came out, to take the Moto two win and the overall victory on the day. Not only did Baggett take the overall win for the day but his results moved him up to second in the championship standings. The series points leader, Jeremy Martin held on to second in both motos to take second overall on the day. And Jason Anderson captured his first ever motocross victory in Moto one and managed to finish out Moto two with a seventh place finish to take home third overall at Budds Creek.
Next week the series heads to the home of the Martin brothers at Millville Raceway in Millville, Minnesota for Round Eight of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross championship series.
450 CLASS – BUDDS CREEK RESULTS
1. Ryan Dungey (2-1)
2. Ken Roczen (1-2)
3. Eli Tomac (4-3)
4. Trey Canard (3-4)
5. Weston Peick (6-5)
6. Josh Grant (9-6)
7. Andrew Short (8-7)
8. Brett Metcalfe (7-11)
9. Phil Nicholetti (12-8)
10. Matt Goerke (11-10)
250 CLASS – BUDDS CREEK RESULTS
1. Blake Baggett (3-1)
2. Jeremy Martin (2-2)
3. Jason Anderson (1-7)
4. Christophe Pourcel (6-3)
5. Cooper Webb (5-4)
6. Justin Bogle (4-5)
7. Justin Hill (13-6)
8. Cole Seely (10-9)
9. Anthony Rodriguez (9-10)
10. Marvin Musquin (8-14)
450 CLASS – CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1. Ken Roczen – 327
2. Ryan Dungey – 301
3. Trey Canard – 264
4. James Stewart – 212
5. Brett Metcalfe – 192
6. Josh Grant -186
7. Weston Peick – 162
8. Andrew Short – 161
9. Chad Reed – 132
10. Malcolm Stewart – 128
250 CLASS – CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1. Jeremy Martin – 294
2. Blake Baggett – 267
3. Cooper Webb – 261
4. Justin Bogle – 225
5. Christophe Pourcel – 211
6. Jason Anderson – 206
7. Marvin Musquin – 201
8. Cole Seely – 166
9. Justin Hill – 150
10. Jessy Nelson – 144
Here are a few pictures from this weekends Lucas Oil Outdoors Nationals race out at Budds Creek.
Will Ken Roczen 3-peat at Budds Creek??
In 2011 Ken Roczen signed to join Roger Decoster’s Factory KTM/Red Bull Team. Before signing with KTM, Roczen had already earned himself the 2011 World MX2 Championship and became the youngest rider to win a Motocorss Grand Prix in his home country of Germany at the age of 15. The young German-native has since gone on to become the 2013 AMA 250 West Coast Supercross Champion. The following Supercross Season, Roczen moved up to the premier 450 class. And in his rookie debut and the first race of the season, at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California, he took home the first win of his 450 career.
Although in the spotlight the twenty year-old racer may seem charismatic, charming and carefree, his personal life is not one that has gone on without struggle. With Roczen’s decision to remain in the US, his dad and lifetime mentor, coach and biggest fan, felt betrayed and refused to support his son in the ways he had in years past. However, he did show up at Anaheim to watch his son claim the first win of his premier class career.
Ken Roczen has since turned his training program over to one of the most successful Motocross Training Coaches in the world, Aldon Baker. Roczen’s bike work and prep is left to his Factory KTM team mechanic, Kelly Lumgair. Roczen also said that his dad had instilled enough fire and passion in him over the years that he doesn’t need anyone there to continually motivate him and has since found much success in solitude.
After a strong Supercross season in the 450 class, Ken Roczen turned his attention to the upcoming Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series. So far this season, Roczen has been the dominating factor in this 450 championship, as he leads the series with 280 points, 26 points over his teammate, Ryan Dungey. The young racer, out of Apolda, Germany has won six out of twelve motos and earned five second place finishes and one third place finish. The only other riders who have claimed moto wins this year, with the exception of Josh Grant’s win at Glen Helen, have been former Title Champions; Ryan Dungey (2) and James Stewart (3).
After finishing a disappointing second in the last corner in moto two at Glen Helen to teammate, Ryan Dungey, Ken Roczen has since walked away with a large lead in every moto win he has claimed this season. In the early laps of the motos, riders like Trey Canard, Ryan Dungey and most recently, Eli Tomac have been able to hang with Roczen. But as the moto goes on, Roczen seems to be able to put some time between himself and the rest of the pack.
With 280 points in six rounds and not one finish off the podium, Roczen is only twenty points shy of a perfect season, at this point in the series. What is interesting though is that this is Roczen’s first season ever on the 450. The last time a rider dominated in this fashion in their debut season, was Ryan Dungey in 2010. Their rookie seasons in the 450 class have panned out oddly similar.
It is possibly that fact that they are so similar, has become the frustrating factor for Roczen’s teammate and former Title Champion, Ryan Dungey. Dungey typically gets better starts than his counterpart, but the rookie has seemingly found a way to beat him, by the end of the moto, nearly every single round. It will be interesting to see if Dungey can find a way to top his younger teammate before the season’s end.
Trey Canard on his Muscle Milk Honda is the other front runner of the series, sitting in third in the championship standing, only twenty-eight points out on Ryan Dungey. Although he was strong upon his return from injury close to the end of the Supercross Series, the Muscle Milk Honda rider has been continually improving and is surely hungry for a win this season. Canard has led a significant number of laps throughout the series, but seems to pass it off in the later laps of the moto. The speed is there for Canard, he just needs to be a little more aggressive and get the job done.
The number seven of James Stewart has been hit and miss this season, as usual, but, when Stewart is on, he lives up to his nickname, the fastest man on the planet. However, his struggles early in the season and the media around the drug issues, will pose a significant challenge for Stewart to claim a championship in 2014.
This weekend the series will find itself at Budds Creek Raceway in Mchanicsville, Maryland for Round Seven of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championships. Can Ken Roczen make it a Three-peat?
Ken Roczen dominates at Red Bud Raceway
KEN ROCZEN RINGS IN INDEPENDENCE DAY WITH ANOTHER WIN AT REDBUD RACEWAY
As tradition has it; motocross racers and fans from around the world rang in Independence Day, motocross style, with Round 6 of the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championships at RedBud Raceway in Buchanan, Michigan.
As the five second board dropped on Moto one it was Red Bull/KTM’s Ryan Dungey that snagged the $500 Motorsport.com holeshot award. Muscle Milk Honda’s, Trey Canard came out of turn one just behind Dungey, but managed to make the pass for the lead early in lap one.
James Stewart was also on the move, with a vengeance, trying to make his way by JGRMX’s Josh Grant. In an attempt to make the pass on Grant, Stewart came in a little too hot and managing to take both riders out.
Canard managed to pull a few second gap on Dungey, as the championship points leader, Ken Roczen worked to make his way through the pack. Roczen managed to make his way by his former 250 class rival, Eli Tomac, to move into third. Roczen then used his ability to make combinations of bumps and breaking bumps to close the gap on Dungey and Canard and make his way into the lead.
As Malcolm Stewart managed to make his way by Metcalfe, to move into sixth, Josh Grant also managed to make his way back into to the top ten, after getting tangled up with James Stewart.
With three laps to go Eli Tomac threw himself into the battle for second with Canard, by making his way by Dungey. Dungey managed to make his way back by Tomac to put his KTM back into third.
Roczen came from behind and dominated the pack to take the win in Moto one. After battling the entire Moto with Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard claimed second, with Dungey not far behind in third.
Heading into Moto two, it was the series points leader, Ken Roczen that took the holeshot in Moto two. But Trey Canard stole the lead away from the German-native rider right away. Dungey and Tomac ran just behind in fourth and fifth.
Roczen was all over the back tire of Trey Canard, in an attempt to make the pass on Canard. Muscle Milk/Honda’s Trey Canard managed to hold the Youngster off and hold on to the lead.
As Tomac made his way by Dungey, the battle between the front-runners began to heat up. Around the halfway point, Roczen managed to take the inside line away from Canard to take over the lead after one of the gnarliest battles of the year.
After a small mistake from Canard, Tomac and Dungey were able to move into the number two and three positions.
Stronger and fitter than ever, Roczen captured both Moto wins again to claim the overall win at RedBud in Buchanan, Michigan. Eli Tomac went 4-2 on the day to take second overall. Red Bull/KTM’s Ryan Dungey claimed third overall with a 3-3 at Redbud.
In the 250 class it was Matt Bisceglia, the rookie, that captured the Motosport.com holeshot award. However, the series points leader, Jeremy Martin, was on a mad dash to the front of the pack.
The three-seventy-seven of Christophe Pourcel quickly took over the lead from Bisceglia, early in lap two. But Jeremy Martin was hot on his heels, looking everywhere to make the pass on Pourcel.
Jeremy Martin was able to take over the lead, as Christophe Pourcel went down, around the halfway point. Cooper Webb also dropped out of fifth position, with a crash just before the halfway mark.
Last week’s Moto one race winner, Blake Baggett managed to make his way by Bogle, to take over second position. KTM rider, Marvin Musquin also made his way by Bogle, putting himself into third.
In a fight for fifth position, Cole Seely and Dean Wilson got tangled up and managed to lose one position to Jason Anderson.
With three laps remaining, Blake Baggett had managed to close the gap on J. Mart. Jeremy Martin was able to hold off Blake Baggett to capture his first win since Moto five at Round Three. Blake Baggett held onto second, while Jason Anderson battled it out with Marvin Musquin to take third in Moto one.
In Moto two, Rockstar/KTM rider Joey Savatgy captured the $500 Motosport.com holeshot award. Not far behind him all the heavy hitters were on a charge. But it was GEICO/Honda’s Justin Bogle who was the first to strike and take over the lead.
It was nearly an eight-way battle for the lead, as all the front runners managed to get out of the gate clean and in a hurry. With twenty minutes remaining it became a three way battle between Bogle and the two Yamaha teammates; Martin and Webb, for the lead.
After cross-rutting down the hill, Bogle threw away the lead to Jeremy Martin. As the Yamaha teammates set to fight over the lead, the battle for third heated up between six riders; Musquin, Anderson, Baggett, Wilson, Justin Hill and Seely.
Webb managed to make his way by Martin to take over the lead, but, Martin wasn’t about to give up the lead. Unfortunately, Jeremy Martin ran out of time before he could get back by Cooper Webb.
Jeremy Martin managed to take the overall win at RedBud with a 1-2 finish on the day. Marvin Musquin finished 4-3 on the weekend to take second overall. And Jason Anderson finished up 3-4 to take the final overall podium at RedBud.
Next week the series will head to Budds Creek Raceway in Mechanicsville, Maryland for Round Seven of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship series.
450 CLASS RESULTS – REDBUD
1. Ken Roczen (1-1)
2. Eli Tomac (4-2)
3. Ryan Dungey (3-3)
4. Trey Canard (2-4)
5. Andrew Short (5-5)
6. Josh Grant (6-6)
7. Chad Reed (8-7)
8. Brett Metcalfe (7-8)
9. Justin Brayton (10-9)
10. Kyle Chisholm (13-13)
450 CLASS-CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1. Ken Roczen – 280
2. Ryan Dungey – 254
3. Trey Canard – 226
4. James Stewart – 196
5. Brett Metcalfe – 168
6. Josh Grant – 159
7. Andrew Short – 134
8. Chad Reed – 132
9. Weston Peick -131
10. Malcolm Stewart – 120
250 CLASS RESULTS-REDBUD
1. Jeremy Martin (1-2)
2. Marvin Musquin (4-3)
3. Jason Anderson (3-4)
4. Blake Baggett (2-7)
5. Cooper Webb (14-1)
6. Dean Wilson (9-5)
7. Cole Seely (8-6)
8. Alex Martin (6-9)
9. Justin Bogle (5-12)
10. Justin Hill (10-8)
250 CLASS-CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1. Jeremy Martin-250
2. Cooper Webb-227
3. Blake Baggett-222
4. Justin Bogle-191
5. Marvin Musquin-181
6. Christophe Pourcel-176
7. Jason Anderson – 167
8. Cole Seely – 143
9. Justin Hill – 127
10. Jessy Nelson – 125
The first ever Red Bull Signature Series Straight Rhythm event will debut on October 4th, 2014 in Pomona, California at the Auto Club Raceway at Fairplex.
Supercross Unwound will host thirty-two of the best riders competing head-to-head in a best of three bracket format. The winner of each round will be the rider who can reach the end of the half-mile long, straight stretch, of so-called “unwound” Supercross terrain. The stretch of machined dirt will be a mixture of doubles, triples, whoops, tabletops, step on/offs and gator backs, set one after the other.
One of the most challenging and technical learning curves in Supercross and Motocross is learning how to carry speed through the corners. In the ranks of the professionals and the fastest riders on the planet it is typically one’s ability to corner under acceleration that determines who is faster on any given Sunday. In this event it will likely become one’s ability to minimize mistakes that will determine who is faster by taking away the corner variable.
However, it is not hard to see why many first timer’s first aspirations are to learn how to jump. If you have ever attended any Moto event you would know that, the bigger the air, the wider the gap, the steeper the face, the bigger the whip, the more excitement fills the air.
Red Bull has taken all the aspects of Motocross and Supercross that make your heart drop and bring crowds of fans to their feet and combined them all into one jaw-dropping event.
The design of the half-mile stretch is so fast and technical that practically only flawless runs will allow a rider to move on. After a proof-of-concept trial last year James Stewart stated, “one mistake and it’s a wrap”. The 2013 proof-of-concept trial also featured; Ryan Dungey, Justin Bogle, Marvin Musquin, Malcolm Stewart, Cole Seely and Jessy Nelson. The list for the 2014 official event is yet to be posted.
Tickets for this event can be purchased at www.redbull.com/straightrhythm. The event will also air on NBC in 2014 as part of the Red Bull Signature Series.