MX Nationals – Washougal WA

MX Nationals – Washougal WA

Red Bull/KTM rider Ryan Dungey kept his win streak alive after capturing his sixth consecutive overall victory in eight rounds of the US Pro Motocross Championship held at Washougal MX Park.

Dungey’s teammates in the 250 class, Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen wrapped up the day with a 4-5 results respectively.

Dungey had first gate pick after putting in the fastest qualifying lap, was in the top three out of the gates in the opening moto and was second behind Mike Alessi within two laps. He stuck at one bike’s length behind the leader right to the flag, saying later: “The track was really tough to pass on and Alessi was riding strong in the first moto. For the second moto, I just need to get out front early and put in some good laps to distance myself from the pack.”

Fulfilling that promise Dungey ripped the holeshot on his KTM 450 SX-F and never looked back. He went on to lead every lap and cross the finish line over 30 seconds ahead of Alessi in second and his 2-1 gave him the day’s victory. “The second moto was much stronger. I was able to get out front at the start of the moto and could focus on my own race and on choosing some good lines to put in a solid 30 minute moto,” he said.

Dungey now holds an 80-point lead in the championship points as riders take a two-week break before heading to the ninth round of the series to be held in Southwick, MA on August 11, 2012.

Top five positions for Musquin and Roczen in 250’s
Musquin pulled the fastest practice time to pick up the Oakley Rocket Award while Roczen qualified third fastest to give each rider a good gate pick for the opening race.

Musquin launched his KTM 250 SX-F off to a stellar start at the beginning of moto one to take the holeshot and the early lead. His teammate was not far behind in 4th place. Musquin led a tightly packed group of five riders for the first half of the race and held on for 11 laps. He finally relinquished two positions and dropped to third but never lost contact with the lead riders. Musquin’s third was well supported by Roczen’s fourth place for solid results from the factory team’s French and German riders.

“I am very happy with my first moto,” remarked Musquin. “Of course, I would have liked to win, but each week I am making progress and I am very happy to have led as many laps as I did.”

In the second moto, Musquin got off to another decent start and held on to third for the first half. Around the halfway point he dropped back to fourth but stuck there till the finish and his 3-4 moto gave him fourth overall for the day. Roczen missed the start advantage and found himself at eleventh place going into the first corner. He made quite a few passes on the very slick and twisty track to advance to seventh at the flag to finish the day with a 4-7 moto score for overall fifth. The two KTM riders are currently 4-5 in the championship standings going into the two-week break in the competition

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Overall Results 450 Motocross Class –
1, Ryan Dungey – 2-1 – KTM
2, Mike Alessi – 1-2
3, Andrew Short – 4-3
4, Jake Weimer – 3-5
5, Broc Tickle – 6-4
6, Tommy Hahn – 7-7
7, Kyle Chisholm – 8-10
8, Christian Craig – 10-9
9, Weston Peick – 9-11
10, Josh Grant – 17-6
11, Justin Brayton – 5-36
12, Vince Friese – 14-14
13, Ben LaMay – 12-16
14, Fredrik Noren – 22-8
15, Kevin Rookstool – 16-13
Michael Byrne – 13-17
Derek Anderson – 19-12
18, Mike Brown – 11-35 – KTM
Tyla Rattray – 15-18
20, Les Smith – 40-15 – KTM

Overall Point Standings 450 Motocross Class –
1, Ryan Dungey – 383
2, Mike Alessi – 303
3, Jake Weimer – 280

Overall Results 250 Motocross Class –
1, Justin Barcia – 1-2
2, Eli Tomac – 2-3
3, Blake Baggett – 6-1
4, Marvin Musquin – 3-4 – KTM
5, Ken Roczen – 4-7 – KTM
6, Blake Wharton – 7-6
7, Justin Bogle – 9-5
8, Wil Hahn – 5-10
9, Ryan Sipes – 8-8
10, Jason Anderson – 10-9
11, Malcolm Stewart – 11-11 – KTM
17, Tevin Tapia – 17-17 – KTM

Overall Point Standings 250 Motocross Class –
1, Blake Baggett – 355
2, Justin Barcia – 344
3, Eli Tomac – 323
4, Ken Roczen – 305
5, Marvin Musquin – 256


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