Red Bull KTM factory riders wrapped up a great day at the Muddy Creek circuit in Blountville Tennessee on Saturday with Ryan Dungey winning the third round of the 450 class Pro Motocross Championship and teammates Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen taking 1-3 in the 250s.

Dungey started his day off well in the new circuit when he turned the fourth fastest time to earn a top gate pick in the first moto. He missed the start and was tenth at the first corner but then went on the charge to move up to fourth by lap three.

Two laps later, Dungey made a pass around James Stewart into third place and began to click off consistent lap times and finished third, admitting he had to work on his starts so he didn’t lose touch with the top riders.

39bDungey then leapt off the line in a creditable third behind Justin Barcia and Ryan Villopoto in his second moto and when Villopoto crashed in the opening lap, he to move into the runner-up spot. He then concentrated on closing the gap on Barcia and made his move up the inside of an uphill turn to take over the lead. Once out front, he turned the fastest lap of the race and collected the win by an impressive 11-second margin.

Dungey’s 3-1 moto results earned him his first overall win of the season. “It feels great to get a win here,” remarked Dungey. “The whole team has been working really hard each day to constantly make improvements. I really enjoyed this track today and am glad I was able to put everything together to finally get the results we are aiming for.”

2-2 for Musquin gives him victory in the 250s

To wrap up a great day for the KTM factory team, Dungey’s two European teammates Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen scored an overall 1-3 in the 250 class.

39cIt was Musquin who earned the holeshot in the first moto but quickly found himself in a five-way battle for the lead. By the end of the first lap the riders had shuffled positions and Musquin was fourth and Roczen was second. Roczen made a pass for the lead in the second lap and then never looked back as he went on to pick up his fourth moto win of the season. Meanwhile, Musquin found his speed and came from fourth to second to finish in the runner-up spot.

In the second moto, Musquin had another great start and was second around the first corner while Roczen was further back in ninth place. While Musquin maintained his front spot, Roczen quickly began picking off riders and had passed Justin Bogle for fourth on the third lap before dropping back to sixth after a small crash. He quickly recovered and was able to get back into fourth before he encountered another issue and ran off the track. Roczen passed Bogle again around the halfway point and then had Zach Osborne in his line of vision. He needed to pass Osborne to have a chance at the overall.

39dWith a few laps to go, Roczen passed Osborne and was headed for an overall win when a mistake saw Blake Baggett slip by and ruin his chances of the top podium spot. Roczen went on to finish fourth and his 1-4 results earned him third overall for the day. Musquin’s 2-2 result was enough to give him his first overall of the season.

“This track really worked for me,” commented Musquin. “Its technical and rutted and just what I like. I just pinned it the first few laps of the second moto to try and gap the field. I knew I needed to finish second to get the overall and I was determined to not let them catch me. I am so thankful to my team for building me a great bike that helped me get a win.”

Next Event: Mt. Morris, PA – June 8, 2013

US Pro MX Championship

450 class Rd. 3

1, Ryan Dungey, KTM (3-1)
2, Justin Barcia (2-2)
3, Ryan Villipoto(1-4)
4, James Stewart
5, Mike Alessi
6, Clement Desalle
7, Kevin Strijbos
8, Andrew Short KTM
9, Trey Canard
10, Broc Tickle

Championship points after Rd. 3

1, Villipoto 143
2, Dungey 133
3, Barcia 114
4, Stewart 99
5, Canard 90

250 class Rd. 3

1, Marvin Musquin, KTM (2-2)
2, Eli Tomac (4-1)
3, Ken Roczen (1-4)
4, Blake Baggett
5, Zac Osborne
6, Jason Anderson
7, Justin Bogle
8, Kyle Cunningham
9, Blake Wharton
10, Cooper Web

Championship points after Rd. 3

1, Roczen 138
2, Tomac 132
3, Musquin 115
4, Baggett 110
5, Osborne 96

Images courtesy KTM Racing

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