Round seven of the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series went off without a hitch on Saturday afternoon at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota, and local hero Ryan Dungey dominated the racing action once again with another perfect 1-1 performance.
Collecting his ninth and 10th consecutive moto wins aboard his potent Red Bull KTM, Dungey secured his fifth-straight overall victory and further extended his championship points lead to 80 ahead of Mike Alessi in second place.
In addition, the world’s top 250-class riders once again battled tooth and nail as the race win went down to the wire. In the end, it was Honda’s Eli Tomac who claimed victory, with Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen finishing the day in a respectable fourth-place overall in the blistering Minnesota heat.
Action in the 450 Class
With the big bosses from KTM Austria on hand, Dungey once again grabbed the top qualifying spot by setting the quickest lap times during the morning’s timed practice sessions, and then proceeded to take the moto one win by over 20 seconds ahead of Jake Weimer in second.
The victory required a bit more effort than his last several, however, as a mediocre start required RD to come through the pack early on. Hovering in the 10th spot during the opening few corners, Dungey went to work on the riders ahead and rounded lap number one in fifth. After picking off one rider per lap for the first four rotations of the Spring Creek circuit, Dungey moved into second behind Mike Alessi on lap five and quickly chipped away at the gap that the Suzuki rider had opened up. On lap seven, Dungey made a pass for the lead, and the rest was history.
“I didn’t get out to the best of starts in that one, but I stayed patient and made my way through the pack,” Dungey said after the moto. “My KTM was working great, though, and I love coming back every year to ride here at Spring Creek so I’m really looking forward to another strong moto in the second.”
Choosing to make things a little easier on himself in moto two, Dungey grabbed the holeshot to kick things off and then proceeded to check out to a dominant 50-second win ahead of Alessi.
“I spent a lot of time riding here as a kid, but it never gets old winning in front of my hometown fans,” Ryan explained with a smile. “Having all of the KTM guys here from Austria is really exciting, too. Everyone on the team works really hard, so I’m pumped to get another win for them!”
Dungey now takes a massive 80-point lead into Washougal next weekend for round eight of the series.
|450 MOTO 1 RESULTS||450 MOTO 2 RESULTS||OVERALL RESULTS|
|1.||Ryan Dungey||1.||Ryan Dungey||1.||Ryan Dungey|
|2.||Jake Weimer||2.||Mike Alessi||2.||Mike Alessi|
|3.||Mike Alessi||3.||Jake Weimer||3.||Jake Weimer|
|4.||Justin Brayton||4.||Justin Brayton||4.||Justin Brayton|
|5.||Andrew Short||5.||Broc Tickle||5.||Andrew Short|
|6.||Tyla Rattray||6.||Andrew Short||6.||Broc Tickle|
|7.||Tommy Hahn||7.||Cole Thompson||7.||Les Smith|
|8.||Josh Grant||8.||Kyle Chisholm||8.||Cole Thompson|
|9.||Michael Byrne||9.||Les Smith||9.||Tyla Rattray|
|10.||Jimmy Albertson||10.||Derek Anderson||10.||Christian Craig|
In the 250 class, Geico Honda’s Eli Tomac broke Blake Baggett’s four-moto win streak by stealing the moto two win and overall victory at Spring Creek, but it still remains a four-rider battle for the championship points lead. Keeping his name on the leader board, Ken Roczen battled bar-to-bar all day long in Millville and left round seven with a hard-fought fourth-place overall after 4-3 moto finishes. Still searching for his first outdoor moto win in the States, Roczen is determined to step things up a notch next weekend at Washougal.
“I’ve shown that I can run the pace up front, but I need to figure out how to hold it for the entire moto,” Roczen said after the race. “The top guys are riding really well right now but I know I can keep stepping it up. Washougal will be another new track for me but I’m really looking forward to getting there and hopefully scoring a win.”
With five rounds still to go in the series, Roczen and his Red Bull KTM teammate Marvin Musquin are sitting in fourth and fifth, respectively, in the overall points chase, and as history has shown, it’s still anyone’s championship to win.
|250 MOTO 1 RESULTS||250 MOTO 2 RESULTS||OVERALL RESULTS|
|1.||Blake Baggett||1.||Eli Tomac||1.||Eli Tomac|
|2.||Justin Barcia||2.||Justin Barcia||2.||Justin Barcia|
|3.||Eli Tomac||3.||Ken Roczen||3.||Blake Baggett|
|4.||Ken Roczen||4.||Blake Baggett||4.||Ken Roczen|
|5.||Wil Hahn||5.||Blake Wharton||5.||Blake Wharton|
|6.||Blake Wharton||6.||Marvin Musquin||6.||Wil Hahn|
|7.||Marvin Musquin||7.||Wil Hahn||7.||Marvin Musquin|
|8.||Jason Anderson||8.||Justin Bogle||8.||Justin Bogle|
|9.||Jake Canada||9.||Alex Martin||9.||Jason Anderson|
|10.||Justin Bogle||10.||Jason Anderson||10.||Jake Canada|
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