Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey scored another podium finish in the 450 SX class at the twelfth round of the Monster Energy Supercross Series on Saturday at the Roger Centre in Toronto, Canada. His factory teammate Ken Roczen also earned a solid fifth place.
Dungey, one of the most consistent riders in the competition is now second in the championship points, trailing Villopoto, the leader by 25 points. Roczen, from Germany who is in his rookie year in the 450-class is currently fourth.
Dungey was placed in the first 450 SX heat at the start of the night program. He was fourth around the first corner but dropped two places in the opening lap after making a bid for third place. He then recovered from the mistake and finished fourth to take a transfer spot to the main event.
Roczen started in the second 450 SX heat and was fifth out of the gate. The young German quickly moved through the pack, was in second by the end of the fourth lap and went on to finish in that position for a place in the main next to his teammate.
When the gate dropped for the twenty lap main event, it was Roczen on his 450 SX-F Factory Edition bike that set the pace after pulling the holeshot around the first corner. Dungey was a few positions back in fifth. Roczen held the lead for three laps before dropping back to second. Meanwhile, Dungey was putting in solid laps and by the halfway mark was sitting in third behind his teammate.
Dungey lost a position to James Stewart on lap twelve but gained it back after passing Roczen on the following lap. Dungey held his pace to grab the final podium place while Roczen went on to finish fifth.
Ryan Dungey: “This track was really challenging tonight. It was really rutted up which made us have to switch lines often and it was hard to climb through the pack and make passes. I’m glad to be on the podium but I feel I should have been a little better tonight. I’m hoping to make up for that at the next round.”
Ken Roczen: “I struggled a bit in the main tonight. “I feel like I might have trained too hard during the week and I got tired tonight. I’m glad I could get the holeshot for my team but I would have really liked to finish on the podium.”
Next Event: St. Louis, MO – March 29, 2014
US SX Rd. 12 Toronto
Overall Results –
1, James Stewart
2, Justin Barcia
3, Ryan Dungey – KTM
4, Justin Brayton
5, Ken Roczen – KTM
6, Ryan Villopoto
7, Weston Peick
8, Dean Wilson
9, Josh Hill
10, Matt Goerke – KTM
11, Andrew Short – KTM
Overall Point Standings after Round 12
1, Villopoto – 246
2, Dungey – 221
3, Stewart – 207
4, Roczen 197
5, Brayton 185
Image courtesy KTM Racing