Round 2 of the AMA Supercross Championship took place in San Diego on Saturday and it was a successful day for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing teams in both the 450SX and 250SX divisions. In the premier class, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team’s Ryan Dungey made it an exciting battle to the finish to earn 2nd overall, while teammate Marvin Musquin rounded out the podium with a 3rd place finish. TLD Red Bull KTM’s Shane McElrath continued his success from the opening round to capture his second-straight victory in the 250SX class.
Ryan Dungey got off to a good start on the day as he claimed the top position in timed qualifying, which awarded him first gate pick heading into the evening’s heat races. Dungey was joined in 450SX Heat 2 by his teammate Marvin Musquin, who qualified 5th earlier in the day.
As the gate dropped for 450SX Heat 2, Dungey powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into a 2nd place position, with Musquin just inside the top five. While Dungey maintained a solid 2nd place position throughout the seven-lap race, Musquin powered his KTM past Chad Reed and Cooper Webb to ultimately capture a 3rd place transfer position into the Main Event.
Photographer: Simon Cudby
It was a great start for KTM riders as Dungey captured the holeshot, followed by Musquin and Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/WPS/KTM’s David Millsaps close in tow. While running in 2nd on the opening lap, Musquin had a close call where he went off the track for a brief moment and lost a position to Ken Roczen. Luckily, Musquin recovered quickly and settled into the 3rd place position early on as he set his sights on the lead duo ahead.
Dungey led the first seven laps of the Main Event until Roczen took over the lead just before the halfway point. Dungey didn’t back down though, as he continued to pressure Roczen for the lead position. Due to the new format of timed-races, the Main Event extended itself to 24-laps in total, which proved to be valuable for the reigning back-to-back champion as he reeled in Roczen near the end.
Heading into the final moments of the race, Dungey pulled himself to less than one second behind Roczen and the duo battled it out toward the finish. Dungey made a mistake on the final lap to ultimately allow Roczen the freedom to capture the win, where he finished 2.5 seconds back for 2nd place.
Dungey: “We started out the day nice, which was good because I felt like last weekend that wasn’t the case. It was nice to have the fastest time going into the night show and just put all of our effort into the track. In the Main Event Kenny and I were pushing the pace, I was out front first and then he got by but we had a fast pace all night. We all took the same line out there, you didn’t want to try anything different because the track was so rough. Lappers in the way made you venture off a little but I picked up on a few lines late in the race and was really happy with it. The bike setup was great tonight and I had a lot of fun. I feel like I accomplished what I wanted to coming into the weekend. I know I have to keep the focus on myself and use my experience to make it happen. We made a couple changes here and there but I was really happy in the end.”
Musquin maintained a solid 3rd place position where he captured his second-consecutive podium finish through the first two rounds.
Musquin: “I was really happy about my start in the Main Event. I was trying to be really aggressive and pass Ryan on the opening lap. I went inside and doubled – I don’t know what happened but I thought I was going to crash! I was up in the air and all I could see was the sky. I don’t know how I didn’t crash but I went off the track and jumped back on. Especially with that, I am really glad to be on the podium. It was a good race, I was trying to ride really hard and keep up the pace with those guys (Roczen and Dungey). At the end of the race they were going really fast, I couldn’t really do more against those guys but 3rd is really good.”
250SX West Class
Shane McElrath didn’t get the most favorable jump off the line but he pushed his KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into a top five position on the opening lap. The points leader played it smart in the beginning stages of the race, where he moved his way into 3rd by lap five.
From there, McElrath put on a major charge to climb his way into 2nd where he contested for the lead position in the final laps of the race. McElrath made a big charge in the final moments of the race as he pressured Martin Davalos for the lead position. McElrath eventually made a pass for the lead with two laps to go and he held on to the checkers to capture his second-straight victory and career win No. two in the 250SX West Class.
McElrath: “It’s unreal to explain (winning two in a row) but I try to treat the race like a practice day where we go through every scenario except with a little less intensity. I have been working really hard – spiritually, mentally and physically – and have just been in the zone. The Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM team works their butts off every week and I’m so thankful. Last week’s win could have been a fluke but tonight proved to be the real thing and I want to keep it going. The track was really demanding tonight, it was one of those things where I just had to run it in there, it’s not what I would have liked to do but that’s racing – it was for the win so I’ll take it.”
Next Round: January 21, 2017 – Anaheim 2, CA (USA)
Results 450SX Class San Diego 2017
1. Ken Roczen (GER), Honda, 21:28.796 min (24 laps)
2. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM, +2.589 sec
3. Marvin Musquin (FRA), KTM, +21.680
4. Jason Anderson (USA), Husqvarna, +28.977
5. Cole Seely (USA), Honda, +40.918
8. David Millsaps (USA), KTM, +48.583
DNS Trey Canard (USA), KTM
Standings 450SX Class 2017 after 2 of 18 rounds
1. Roczen, 50 points
2. Dungey, 44
3. Musquin, 40
4. Anderson, 36
5. Eli Tomac (USA), Kawasaki, 31
7. Millsaps, 27
Results 250SX West Class San Diego 2017
1. Shane McElrath (USA), KTM, 16:39.591 min (18 laps)
2. Justin Hill (USA), Kawasaki, +0.387 sec
3. Aaron Plessinger (USA), Yamaha, +2.780
4. Martin Davalos (USA), Husqvarna, +3.631
5. Austin Forkner (USA), Kawasaki, +19.039
DNS Mitchell Oldenburg (USA), KTM
Standings 250SX West Class 2017 after 2 of 9 rounds
1. McElrath, 50 points
2. Plessinger, 42
3. Hill, 38
4. Davalos, 38
5. Forkner, 29
9. Oldenburg, 18