The 2013 AMA Supercross series made the last of its three stops in Anaheim, California on February 1 for round five action, and Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen threw down inspiring performances to sweep the night’s main events for the Red Bull KTM team.
Dungey has had some up and down moments thus far in 2013, and Saturday night inside Angel Stadium was no different. After qualifying a bit off the pace, RD rolled to the line for his heat race looking to establish some momentum, but thanks to a mechanical problem inside his rear air shock the number five never got off the line.
A quick change of the shock back to a traditional spring unit got Dungey and his machine ready for the 450SX Last Chance Qualifier. Unfortunately, after getting tangled with some fallen riders in turn one he had to climb out of a huge deficit to make the main.
After five tense and dramatic laps, Dungey forced his way into the second and final qualifying spot on the last lap to barely squeeze his way into the Final.
With a field of premier-class riders this stacked it’s rare to score a good start from the far outside, but when the gates dropped for the 450SX main event, Dungey rocketed down the start straight and immediately into the top five.
Wasting little time, he went straight to work on the riders ahead and impressively took over the lead on lap two. Once out front, Dungey made it clear that he would not be denied, motoring on to his first win of the year in dominant fashion.
“What a night,” Dungey said with a huge smile on the podium. “The entire team worked their butts off to get the shock problem handled, and the rest was up to me. That LCQ was one of the most frustrating races of my life, but taking the win here tonight in the main more than made up for it. This feels great!”
After dropping the fastest qualifying time (51.725s) earlier in the day, James Stewart kicked off his night inside Angel Stadium with a less-than-stellar start in 450SX Heat 2 but battled his way up to a solid second-place finish when all was said and done.
When the 450SX main event hit the track, James got out to a solid start and immediately pointed his Yoshimura Suzuki toward the front of the pack. After a few quick passes during the opening laps, JS7 flirted inside the top-three for the majority of the race before eventually capturing a series-best fourth when the checkers flew.
“I just wanted a chance to get toward the lead and taste what it feels like to ride that pace again,” James commented from the podium. “With the way things have gone the last few weeks, this is a huge step in the right direction, so I’m happy.”
450SX Class Results
1. Ryan Dungey
2. Davi Millsaps
3. Justin Barcia
4. James Stewart
5. Chad Reed
6. Andrew Short
7. Trey Canard
8. Ryan Villopoto
9. Broc Tickle
10. Justin Brayton
Fresh off of his first win of the series the previous weekend in Oakland, Ken Roczen once again dominated the 250SX class, extending his championship points lead to 20 over Honda’s Eli Tomac.
Though finishing second to Martin Davalos in his heat race, Roczen felt confident with his line choices and bike setup and rolled into the gate for the evening’s main event with plenty of swagger.
When the race got underway, Ken jumped out to a great start and went straight to the front of the pack. After 15 near-flawless laps, Roczen crossed the finish line completely unchallenged to celebrate back-to-back wins.
“It feels great to win two in a row,” Roczen commented after the race. “Last weekend’s win in Oakland was awesome, but there’s nothing better than backing it up with another one. Hopefully I can keep the streak going next weekend in San Diego.”
Western Regional 250SX Class Results
1. Ken Roczen
2. Martin Davalos
3. Eli Tomac
4. Kyle Cunningham
5. Jason Anderson
6. Travis Baker
7. Joey Savatgy
8. Austin Politelli
9. Max Anstie
10. Zach Osborne
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