Red Bull/KTM Factory riders Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen delivered another successful result at the Budds Creek MX Nationals on Saturday with Dungey extending his winning streak to three in a row and the German teenager scoring his career best at second in the 250 class.
Dungey’s 1-1 result also surged him even higher in the overall points and he now has a 54-point lead in the competition. Roczen, who is currently fourth in the 250 class overall standings shares equal points with third placed Eli Tomac and is only nine points shy of second.
Dungey sent an early signal to the opposition 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,” commented Dungey after the first moto.
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.
Career best in outdoors for Roczen, solid fifth for Musquin
It was also a great day out for KTM’s two European riders contesting the 250 class with Roczen scoring second for his career best in this competition in just the sixth round. French teammate Marvin Musquin finished fifth overall.
Roczen grabbed the holeshot in his 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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