PHOENIX, Ariz. – Red Bull/KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey did what he was hired to do – he won! Only two rounds into the series Dungey showed race fans everywhere what he and his new KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition motorcycle could do as he crossed the checkers and took the win at the second round of the AMA Supercross Series held at Chase Field.
Not only did Dungey take the win, but he nailed the holeshot and led every lap of the twenty lap main event. Dungey’s first career win on his KTM machine also marks the first win in history for the KTM brand in the SX class. Just two rounds into the season Dungey has already written pages in the history books at KTM.
The day started off relatively mellow for Dungey as he qualified third fastest from practice and earned a fourth place finish in his heat to transfer to the main. Once he lined up on that gate, everything would change. Everything would go his way!
“I was definitely motivated by my teammate tonight,” remarked Dungey on the podium. “I saw that Marvin (Musquin) got second in the Lites main and knew I had to step up my game to match him and do well for our team.”
The gate dropped and Dungey launched forward to pull the holeshot on his KTM 450cc machine. He never looked back and checked out on the group behind him. He went on to take the win in the best way possible – leading every lap.
“This win feels so incredible,” remarked Dungey after the race. “The whole crew at KTM has been behind me 100% since I joined them in October and it is amazing to earn this win together!”
Red Bull/KTM Factory Team Manager Roger DeCoster, commented, “It is not just our team in the US but the whole crew in Austria at our Factory that have helped us get here. In only our second race of the season it is amazing to get a podium. It feels really good that we were able to deliver for the people that backed us. We have proved ourselves with a win and intend to keep progressing.”
The next round will be held in Los Angeles, CA on January 21, 2012 where Dungey will display the red number plate on his bike as the new series point’s leader.
Overall Results Supercross Class –
1. Ryan Dungey – KTM
2. Jake Weimer
3. Ryan Villopoto
4. Kevin Windham
5. Chad Reed
6. Andrew Short
7. Trey Canard
8. James Stewart
9. Brett Metcalfe
10. Josh Hansen
11. Ivan Tedesco
12. Kyle Chisholm
13. Davi Millsaps
14. Justin Brayton
15. Chris Blose
16. Mike Alessi
17. Kyle Partridge
18. Tommy Hahn
19. Nick Wey
20. Jimmy Albertson
Overall Series Points Supercross Class –
Musquin Earns 2nd at Phoenix Supercross
His First Supercross Lites Career Podium
PHOENIX, Ariz. – Red Bull/KTM Factory Team rider Marvin Musquin finished second overall at the second round of the AMA West Supercross Lites Series held at Chase Field. His finish at the Phoenix round marked his best career finish and his first Supercross Lites class podium.
Musquin is already one of the happiest riders you can meet in the pits as he is two rounds into completing one of his childhood dreams – to race in the United States as a competitor in the AMA Supercross Series. Musquin walked away from the opening round very happy to finish safely and inside the top five. He topped that finish at the second round proving to race fans everywhere that he is a threat for the West Supercross Lites Championship.
The French rider finished fifth place in his heat race to easily transfer to the main event. When the gate dropped for the Supercross Lites main event Musquin rocketed off the line to show up second place around the first corner. He tried to block pass holeshot winner Tyla Rattray to take the lead on the second lap but wasn’t able to make it stick. On the third corner he was able to move around Rattray but the pass slowed him up and allowed Wilson to pass for the lead.
Musquin went on to ride his strongest race in the U.S. to date, holding the second place position the entire race. After fifteen laps, Musquin crossed the line to earn the runner-up position on the podium behind race winner Dean Wilson. Tyla Rattray would finish in third.
“It feels awesome!” stated Musquin. “I have been dreaming of this moment since I was a young kid and was hoping this is what I would accomplish when I moved here from France. This is honestly a dream come true.”
After two rounds Musquin is tied for third place in points with Dean Wilson. The next round of the series will take place in Los Angeles, CA on January 21, 2012.
Overall Results Supercross Lites Class:
Overall Results Supercross Lites Point Standings: