Ryan Dungey continues to clean up in the AMA Pro National series in the US as he took his third consecutive win with victory in the Budds Creek MX Nationals in Maryland on Saturday.
Dungey’s 1-1 result also extended his championship lead to 54 points. Dungey signalled his intent when he laid down a qualifying time in the morning practice sessions that was two second faster than his closest opponent.
Dungey carried that momentum into the first moto where he got off to a great start, took an early lead and then led every lap to win by 43 seconds. “I felt very comfortable on this track and was able to pull away early and just focus on my own race,” said Dungey after moto one.
In the second moto, Dungey was out of the gate in second behind Mike Alessi but slipped past his rival after the first few laps. Once out front, he was easily able to secure the second moto win. His 1-1 moto finishes earned him his third consecutive 450 Motocross class win for the season and a further firm grip on the coveted red plate.
“It was good, starting from practice and into the (races),” said Dungey, who has won six consecutive motos. “I got good starts, which helped get me out front.
“Mike (Alessi) and Broc (Tickle) both rode well, so I had to do some work in that second moto. We have a couple weeks off now, so I’ll use it to my advantage and see if we can (still) get a little bit better.”
Series best for Roczen, solid fifth for Musquin
European riders Ken Roczen and Marvin Musquin enjoyed a good day in the 250cc class, with Roczen placing second for his career best in the competition in just the sixth round. His teammate Marvin Musquin of France finished fifth overall.
Roczen grabbed the holeshot in race one and pulled out an early lead in the opening laps. He held on to the lead through the first half of the race before Justin Barcia slipped past him. Roczen lost one more position on the next lap, which dropped him to third. Musquin was fifth out of the gate and finished fourth in one of his best rides yet this season.
In the second moto, Roczen leaped out front to pull the holeshot with Musquin in second right on his tailpipe. He then pulled a large lead early in the race while Musquin battled inside the top three.
The German teenager had more than eight seconds lead on the rest of the pack before being held up by lappers, which allowed Blake Baggett to catch up. Baggett eventually made the pass and Roczen dropped to second but his 3-2 earned him his career best second overall. Musquin picked up a fourth in the second moto for fifth overall.
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Overall Race Results 450 Motocross Class
1 Ryan Dungey – (1-1)
2 Broc Tickle – (2-2)
3 Mike Alessi – (4-3)
4 Jake Weimer – (3-4)
5 Justin Brayton – (5-8)
6 Brett Metcalfe – (8-6)
7 Josh Grant – (10-5)
8 Davi Millsaps – (9-7)
9 Andrew Short – (6-10)
10 Ryan Sipes – (7-11)
Overall Standings 450 Motocross Class
1 Ryan Dungey – 236
2 Mike Alessi – 182
3 Jake Weimer – 179
Overall Results 250 Motocross Class
1 Blake Baggett – (2-1)
2 Ken Roczen – (3-2)
3 Justin Barcia – (1-5)
4 Eli Tomac – (5-3)
5 Marvin Musquin – (4-4)
6 Jason Anderson (7-6)
7 Wil Hahn – (6-7)
8 Jake Canada – (13-8)
9 Travis Baker – (12-10)
10 Phillip Nicoletti – (14-9)
Overall Standings 250 Motocross Class
1 Blake Baggett – 222
2 Justin Barcia – 209
3 Eli Tomac – 200
4 Ken Roczen – 200
5 Marvin Musquin – 153
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