OAKLAND, CA – January 26, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Red Bull KTM factory rider Ryan Dungey earned an impressive second place result at the fourth round of the FIM Supercross World Championship in Oakland, California (USA) on Saturday to clinch the red plate and the series lead in the 450SX class.
Ryan Dungey 2nd at Oakland Supercross
Photo Credit: Simon Cudby
While Dean Wilson was forced to sit out of the Oakland event due to an ACL injury sustained during training in the week, teammate Ryan Dungey certainly continued with his consistent form for another strong race and has been rewarded well, as he heads into the next round at the top of the standings.
Dungey was placed in the second 450SX heat, in which he nearly took the holeshot to get an early lead on the pack. With in the first few corners the KTM racer dropped to third position for a handful of laps, before finding a good rhythm. Dungey soon regained second place, while closing the gap on the leader, and despite applying pressure for the win on the final lap, the KTM ace was unable to make the pass and concluded the race in second position for a great transfer spot into the main event.
Dungey jumped off the line to a top five start in the main event. At the end of the first lap he was lying in fifth position, although by the halfway mark the KTM racer had moved into the top three. He remained in that position for the following few laps, while slowly chipping away the gap to the second placed rider, Chad Reed.
Dungey on his KTM 450 SX-F now points leader
Photo Credit: Simon Cudby
With three laps to go Dungey was able to take advantage of a mistake by Reed to make the pass aboard his KTM 450 SX-F and the KTM racer held onto the spot for the remaining laps to finish in the runner-up position. Dungey’s podium finish at the Oakland Supercross moves him to first overall in the championship standings by five points.
Dungey: “I am excited to run the red plate at the next round. I wish I could have taken the win tonight, but I am happy that my consistent results have paid off and we are in the top spot heading to the next round. I have to keep building off these results and continue to work towards that win.”
Results 450SX Class Oakland
1. Trey Canard (USA), Honda, 17:51.950 (20 laps)
2. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM, +3.310 sec
3. Chad Reed (AUS), Kawasaki, +7.844
4. Eli Tomac (USA), Honda, +9.725
5. Cole Seely (USA), Honda, +10.709
8. Andrew Short (USA), KTM, +37.416
Standings 450SX Class after 4 of 17 rounds
1. Dungey, 82 points
2. Ken Roczen (GER), Suzuki, 77
3. Canard, 68
4. Tomac, 64
5. Jason Anderson (USA), Husqvarna, 62
9. Short, 44