Red Bull/KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey put his KTM back on the podium at the sixth round of the AMA Supercross Series in San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium to register his fifth podium. He is currently third in the season’s standings and trails leader Ryan Villipoto by just 10 points.
Dungey was placed in the second SX class heat where the first attempt red flagged after three laps. He dug in and went on to finish third after the restart.
He got away well in the main event to be top five around the first corner but then made a small mistake in the first rhythm section and fell back to fifth. He sat it out there until lap seven but when James Stewart went down he advanced to fourth then made a quick pass on Brett Metcalfe. He then maintained third place right up to the flag.
“I struggled a little bit tonight in some sections and it held me back from fighting for the top spot. Overall, I am glad I was able to get on the podium and salvage some points but I need to battle for the win to help my fight in the championship chase. I am looking forward to heading east and hoping to run up front next weekend,” Dungey said after the race.
In the Lites it was also a good night for Australia’s JDR/JSTAR/KTM rider Matt Moss of Australia who also finished third to grab his first podium. However not so lucky was Dungey’s Red Bull KTM factory teammate Marvin Musquin who did well to survive a nasty first round crash in the main event to salvage points. He is currently fourth in the season’s standings.
Musquin impressed the sizeable crowd in his heat race earlier in the day where he earned a great jump off the start o finish second and easily secure a top spot in the main event. But he got pushed back at the start, was seventh at the first cover and was heading for top five when he came unstuck in the back rhythm section. Musquin fell hard and took a moment to recover, then returned to the mechanics area to make some adjustments before rejoining the action a lap down on the rest of the field. He quickly set to work to try and pick off any riders he could and did well to finish eventual sixteenth.
“This is definitely a disappointing race because I lost a lot of points toward the championship. The good thing is I walked away uninjured and will not be set back at all from my crash. I plan to race a few east coast rounds on the KTM 350 SX-F and I am looking forward to those races and mixing it up with a new class of riders,” stated Musquin after the race.
Musquin has confirmed that he will race both the St. Louis and Daytona Supercross races in the premier class riding a KTM 350 SX-F and possibly one other round as well.