Indianapolis great KTM night: Musquin wins 250s; Dungey second 450s

The Red Bull KTM Factory team had reason to celebrate at the latest round of US SX racing in Indianapolis with French riderMarvin Musquin taking a second straight win in a row in the 250SX class East Coast competition and teammate Ryan Dungey finishing second in the 450SX class.

The KTM riders delivered great performances in front of 50,000 people at the Monster Energy Supercross at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Musquin started his night well with a clean start and second place when his heat gate dropped and moved into the lead in the first rhythm section. He led the remainder of the race to claim his first heat win of the season to claim the top qualifying spot for the main event.

When the gate dropped for the main event, Musquin had a reasonable jump out of the gate but got stuck behind two tuff blocks that were pushed into the first corner after a few riders went down. He rounded the next corner in dead last. The French rider then put down the hammer and four laps later he was into the top ten. With another three laps under his wheels he was trailing the fifth place ride of Vince Friese and then settled down to pick off the remaining top five riders. He was lying second in the last lap when leader Blake Wharton crashed in a rhythm section allowing Musquin to move into the lead. A few corners later and Musquin took his second straight win with a celebratory heel-clicker.

I was really looking for a win tonight and when I got stuck behind the tuff blocks in the first corner I was so mad and it just made me fight harder,” commented Musquin. “I passed Wil Hahn early on and that made me happy as I need to earn as many points as I can on him. I fought really hard and was able to pass a lot of riders. I was able to capitalize on the crash of Blake to get the win. It is a lucky win but this is fantastic to get two in a row.” Musquin is now second in the points standings for the 250 class East Coast competition.

Dungey Finishes Second in 450 class
Musquin’s Red Bull KTM Factory teammate Ryan Dungey then followed up with second overall in the eleventh round of the 450SX Supercross Series to make it a great night for the factory team.

Dungey was placed in the first heat race of the night where he got a great jump out of the gate and came into the first corner in third position. But then he got pinched off in the second corner and dropped to seventh place. The next three laps he battled with the five riders ahead of him in an effort to advance through the pack. He swapped positions with Justin Barcia multiple times before making an inside pass stick on the fifth lap to take over fifth place. He then picked off Justin Sipes in the next lap before catching and passing Mike Alessi to finish third in his heat.

Dungey had a decent jump off the line in the main event and rounded the first corner in fifth position. He moved into fourth by the end of the second lap and began to reel in the top three riders. On the seventh lap of the race, leader James Stewart stalled in a corner allowing Ryan Villopoto to take the lead and Dungey to move into second position.
At the end of twenty laps, Dungeyhad closed onto the rear end of Villopoto but was unable to make the pass and held on to finish second.

On the podium, Dungey stated, “We made some adjustments in the afternoon practice sessions to get everything dialed in for the night show. The track was both slippery and tacky in spots and it made it a little tricky to determine the best bike set-up. In the end, I was able to pressure Ryan (Villopoto) throughout the race but couldn’t make the pass stick. I am happy with second tonight and am looking forward to Toronto.” Dungey is third in the points standings.

Next Event: Toronto Supercross – March 23, 2013

Overall Results  250s
1.    Marvin Musquin – KTM
2.    Kyle Peters
3.    Wil Hahn
4.    AJ Catanzaro
5.    Blake Wharton
6.    Justin Hill
7.    Vince Friese
8.    Mitchell Oldenburg
9.    Gavin Faith
10.    PJ Larsen
11.    Steven Clark
12.    James Decotis
13.    Zach Bell
14.    Zach Freeburg
15.    Levi Kilbarger

Overall Point Standings  250s – 
1.    Wil Hahn – 112
2.    Marvin Musquin – 103 
3.    Blake Wharton – 92

Overall Results 450s
1.    Ryan Villopoto
2.    Ryan Dungey – KTM 
3.    James Stewart
4.    Davi Millsaps
5.    Justin Barcia
6.    Chad Reed
7.    Andrew Short – KTM
8.    Matt Goerke – KTM 

9.    Eli Tomac
10.    Weston Peick
11.    Broc Tickle
12.    Josh Hill
13.    Justin Brayton
14.    Phil Nicoletti
15.    Kyle Partridge

Overall Point Standings – 
1.    Ryan Villopoto – 227
2.    Davi Millsaps – 218
3.    Ryan Dungey – 210




















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