Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey finished third overall on the KTM 450 in the opening round of the 2013 SX season at Anaheim on Saturday night and Germany’s Ken Roczen scored a podium second in the SX Lites West riding the KTM 250. In 2013 Marvin Musquin is contesting the SX Lites East competition.

While Dungey had solid practice times and survived several spills in his heat race to finish sixth to qualify for the main event of the night. He got off to a better start in the main and rounded the first corner in fourth to begin a four-rider battle for the lead with Davi Millsaps, Trey Canard and Justin Barcia. Dungey pressured Barcia for third for the first ten laps but when in striking distance he again when down in a small crash and lost some ground and valuable time. Then in the next lap it was Barcia who crashed and Dungey moved into third and held on to the podium spot to the checkered flag..

“I am excited to get on the podium at this race,” remarked Dungey. “It is a long series and it is good to get a podium finish at the first round to get us off on a right start. Last year, we had a great race at the second round of the series and I am looking forward to going to Phoenix next week and hopefully moving up on the podium.”

It was also a good start to the season for the factory team’s young German rider, Ken Roczen who took a second overall in the opener of the SX Lites West Coast. Roczen impressed the sold out crowd with a great performance to earn his first podium of the season after turning heads earlier in the day after setting a blistering pace in the first practice. He also clocked the second fastest time in the following two timed practice sessions.

Roczen got a great jump off the start of the first 250 Supercross heat. He was second after the first corner and passed Jessy Nelson for the lead half way through the next lap to go on an win his first heat of the season.

In the main event, Roczen again put himself in great position when he avoided a huge pile up in the in the first rhythm section and was in third place. He then made the move on Malcolm Stewart to advance to second. But early in the race Roczen cased a jump and jammed his wrist so he after the race he said he then focused on maintaining his second position in the 15-lap main. ‘Mookie’ Stewart also had a good night out, bringing the JDR KTM machine home in fifth overall.

After the race, Roczen commented, “You can’t win the championship at the first race, but you can lose it. I am glad that I was able to finish on the podium and put my team in good position for the championship.”

Next Event: Phoenix, AZ – January 12, 2013

All photos by S.Cudby

450 SX Main Event Results:
1, Davi Millsaps
2, Trey Canard
3, Ryan Dungey – KTM
4, Chad Reed
5, Jake Weimer
6, Andrew Short
7, Justin Barcia
8, James Stewart
9, Justin Brayton
10, Kevin Windham
Other KTM
12, Matt Goerke – KTM

250 Main Event Results:
1, Eli Tomac
2, Ken Roczen – KTM
3, Cole Seely
4, Jason Anderson
5, Malcolm Stewart – KTM
6, Ryan Sipes
7, Zach Osborne
8, Tyla Rattray
9, Max Anstie
10, Michael Leib
Other KTM
13, J. Savatgy – KTM


  1. Skully 10 years ago

    450’s was a race with unexpected results, and that still sounds like an understatement. I think everyone would have bet money villopoto and some of the other guys like barcia, stewart and reed were going to be right up there. Reed kind of was in fourth spot but they never really gave him any attention during the race.

    Couldn’t be happier for Canard and Millsaps though. They’re the guys you just can’t dislike, especially Canard. To come back with a second place right off the bat, even a potential win for a moment is just awesome.

    Lites Race, even with Roczen scoring a solid second place, I think he’s going to have a real tough time keeping up with Tomac if he keeps riding the way he did during the A1 main. Kid was just on fire… I kept rewinding the parts where they focussed on Tomac and he was just flying.

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      admin 10 years ago

      For sure, I though RV would take the win, but that’s the beauty of supercross, you just never know. Dungey’s air shock and forks seemed to be workign great, I think he will be in the mix soon. Great season ahead!

      I think Roczen will take some wins for sure, he just got a bad start this time. His laptimes were the fastest most of the night, he just cased a triple and decided to settle for 2nd rather than risk it. smart move for 1st round. Love watching Tomac ride though, just looks so aggressive and stylish.

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