Dungey ends season on yet another double win

Ray Chuss Ray Chuss
Dungey ends season on yet another double win

Ryan Dungey of the US Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team wrapped up what has been nothing short of a sensational season with a win in the final round of the 450-class competition at Lake Elsinore California on Saturday. It was his tenth consecutive victory of the season.

Teammate Marvin Musquin of France capped the team celebrations by finishing with a podium third in the 250 class while Germany’s Ken Roczen was fourth. Roczen and Musquin finished 4-5 in the championships.

Another highlight of the day’s racing was a fifth place by JDR/J-Star/KTM rider Malcolm (Mookie) Stewart’s fifth overall finish, his best of the season to complete a great day out for the ‘Made in Austria’ sports machines.

Even though Dungey had been declared the champion with two rounds still in hand, there was no sign that he was taking it easy as he wrapped up the final event with a 1-1 finish. The Lake Elsinore venue was new to the calendar, making it a fair playing ground for all the riders.

The newly crowned champion got off to a decent start at fourth in the first moto. He made the pass on Mike Alessi for the lead at the half way point went on to take another race win. The second moto was almost a repeat of the first – top five at the start, grabbed the lead after a few laps and rode to victory.

“It’s been a great season,” stated Dungey after the race. “It was already an honor to earn the championship but it feels great to end on the best note possible by taking the win. I want to extend my sincerest thanks to my team for all of their hard work. I am looking forward to the start of a new season and working with Red Bull KTM for 2013.”

Musquin shines on the 250 podium
It was also a good day out for KTM’s two continental European riders in the 250-class races. Musquin got off to a great start in the first moto, taking the holeshot and the early lead. He battled inside the top three for the first half of the race before dropping to fourth position around the halfway point. He kept the lead riders in view for the rest of the race. Meanwhile, Roczen, who crashed at the start rode like lightning to work his way from thirty ninth to inside the top ten by the halfway point. He used the remaining laps to pick off as many positions as possible and was a very creditable sixth at the finish.

In the second moto, both riders got off to mid-pack starts. Musquin quickly moved up toward the top five while Roczen was ninth after the first lap. Musquin turned in quick lap times right from the start and was third by the fourth lap. He was in second at the half way point but lost one place to Blake Baggett before going on to finish third for third overall. Roczen moved from his ninth at the start to seventh at the end of the race for sixth overall.

The German rider wrapped up his debut season with the team in overall fourth while Musquin, also in his first full season, finished fifth overall. Both riders have contracts with the Red Bull KTM Factory Team for the next two seasons but will now return to Europe for a break before returning to contest the Supercross Lites. 

Dungey, Musquin and Roczen have all be selected to represent their countries at the Motocross of Nations in the sands of Lommel, Belgium on September 30th

Lake Elsinore Round 12
Overall Results 450 class
1, Ryan Dungey, KTM (1-1) – tenth consecutive win for the season
2, Mike Alessi (2-2)
3, Broc Tickle (3-3)
4, Tyla Rattray (4-4)
5, Jake Weimer (5-9)
6, Justin Brayton (12-5)
7, Christian Craig (7-10)
8, Andrew Short (8-13)
9, Ben Lamay (10-12)
10, Weston Peick (13-11)

Standings 450 class
1, Ryan Dungey – 580 points (Champion)
2, Mike Alessi – 453
3, Jake Weimer – 355

Overall Results 250 class
1, Blake Baggett (1-2)
2, Justin Barcia (3-1)
3, Marvin Musquin (4-3)
4. Wil Hahn (5-4)
5, Malcolm Stewart KTM (7-6)
6, Ken Roczen KTM (6-7)
7, Eli Tomac (2-14)
8, Blake Wharton (8-8)
9. Jeremy Martin (10-10)
10, Jessy Nelson (9-13)

Standings 250 class
1, Blake Baggett – 519
2, Justin Barcia – 499
3, Eli Tomac – 487
4, Ken Roczen – 456
5, Marvin Musquin – 406

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