PHOENIX, AZ – January 12, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey earned his first podium finish of the season at the second round of the Monster Energy AMA 450 Supercross Championship held at Chase Field.
Ryan Dungey was placed in the first 450SX heat where he got a great jump off the start and came around the first corner in 2nd place. Dungey was able to maintain that position throughout the duration of the six lap heat race to finish in the runner-up spot and earn a transfer spot and a great gate pick for the main event.
His Red Bull KTM Factory Racing teammate, Dean Wilson, was placed in heat number two. Wilson earned a top five start out of the gate and held the 5th place spot for the first two laps of the heat race. Unfortunately, he collided with another rider with two laps to go causing both riders to crash and he finished 7th in that heat unable to make the main event.
Wilson was sent to the semi race for another chance to qualify to the main event. He led the first lap of the semi race before falling back one position to 2nd. He remained in that spot to collect a transfer position to the main event.
When the gate dropped for the main event, Dungey leaped off the line to another good start on his KTM 450 SX-F and nearly grabbed the holeshot over Eli Tomac. Dungey made a few mistakes early on the first lap that dropped him from 2nd place to 4th place. Once in that position, he settled in for the first half of the race before he began to apply pressure to the 3rd place ride of Weston Peick.
With three laps to go, Dungey closed in on Peick and made a pass stick for the podium position. Once he had 3rd place secured he was able to pull away and began to close in on the 2nd place rider. Unfortunately, there were not enough laps left for him to make up enough ground to battle for the position and he finished in the 3rd place position. His podium at the Phoenix Supercross was his first podium of the season. Now two rounds into the series, Dungey sits 2nd in the overall point standings.
“This wasn’t a bad result,” stated Dungey. “But I definitely want better. I’m glad to be on the podium and am looking to keep this momentum going into the race next weekend.”
Meanwhile, Wilson had earned a top ten start in the main event. Near the halfway point he had actually moved up as high as 6th position. Unfortunately, Wilson suffered from arm pump after the mid-point of the race which caused him to fall back a few positions. He finished the main event in 17th place.
Next Round: January 17, 2015 – Anaheim, CA
Results 450SX Class Phoenix
1. Eli Tomac (USA), Honda, 18:57.075 min (20 laps)
2. Ken Roczen (GER), Suzuki, +6.424 sec
3. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM, +10.596
4. Weston Peick (USA), Yamaha, +23.538
5. David Millsaps (USA), Kawasaki, +24.718
7. Andrew Short (USA), KTM, +29.610
15. Justin Brayton (USA), KTM, +53.195
17. Dean Wilson (USA), KTM, +1:05.771 min
Standings 450SX Class after 2 of 17 rounds
1. Roczen, 47 points
2. Dungey, 38
3. Jason Anderson (USA), Husqvarna, 37
4. Trey Canard (USA), Honda, 33
5. Peick, 32
6. Short, 30
15. Brayton, 14
17. Wilson, 10