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Round 9 of Monster Energy Supercross from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN, produced not only one of the toughest tracks of the year, but also the fifth different winner in 450SX in Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey. Dungey's first win of the season moved him into second in points, 23 behind Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto.
In 250SX, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo took advantage of teammate Martin Davalos’ mistake, and overcame a mistake of his own, to become the first two-time winner in the class. Davalos would rebound to finish second, with GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle rounding out the podium.
A tight first corner produced carnage in the main event, as points leader Ryan Villopoto along with Ken Roczen, James Stewart, Dean Wilson and others were left picking up the pieces after a first turn pileup.
Following a week filled with controversy, MotoConcepts Mike Alessi pushed everything aside to grab the holeshot over Ryan Dungey and Eli Tomac.
Alessi was stubborn early, hold off the advances of Dungey. But Dungey was relentless, drag racing past Alessi and into the lead following the steep wall jump.
With Dungey out front, the championship aspirations of Ken Roczen took a giant hit. Following the first turn crash, Roczen had worked his way eleventh before another huge crash left him on the ground. Roczen tried to return, but was unable to finish. He finished the night 21st.
Points leader Ryan Villopoto was taking a different approach, picking off riders left and right, eventually working his way up to fourth, salvaging a ton of points on a tough night.
James Stewart was never in contention after the first turn, finishing the night seventh.
With Ryan Dungey walking away with his first win, Eli Tomac and Mike Alessi were left to battle for second. And for a while, it looked like Alessi was going to hold on for his first podium since 2009 until he cross rutted on the tough rhythm section before the triple and left second for Tomac.
Cole Seely, in his fill-in ride for Honda Muscle Milk, was strong all night. Seely would round out the podium—a career first.
Ryan Dungey celebrates his first win of the season.
Factory Metal Works/Club MX’s Vince Friese would lead the 250SX class around the first corner, grabbing the holeshot over Monster Energy/Pro Circuit teammates Adam Cianciarulo and Martin Davalos.
Davalos would quickly shoot into the lead, with Cianciarulo tow. Davalos opened up a quick gap, but a costly mistake in a deep rut—than went down to the plywood—left Martin scrambling to regain the lead.
Cianciarulo took full advantage, until a costly mistake of his own let GEICO rookie Matt Bisceglia to close in. But Cianciarulo was able to use the quad to his advantage—the only 250 rider we saw hitting it—to open back up the lead, leading to his second win of the season. Bisceglia would eventually fall back to finish fourth—a career high for the rookie.
GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle overcame another lackluster start to charge back and capture his second straight podium.
1. R. Dungey
2. E. Tomac 3. C. Seely 4. R. Villopoto 5. B. Tickle 6. A. Short 7. J. Stewart 8. J. Brayton 9. J. Hill 10. D. Wilson 11. W. Hahn 12. J. Grant 13. N. Wey 14. C. Blose 15. M. Alessi 16. K. Chisholm 17. J. Albertson 18. C. Gilmore 19. N. Schmidt 20. R. Stewart 21. K. Roczen 22. W. Peick
450SX Class Season Standings
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 184
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 161
Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 158
James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 154
Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., 143
Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki, 111
Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda, 109
Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 109
Wil Hahn, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 93
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 93
1. A. Cianciarulo
2. M. Davalos 3. J. Bogle 4. M. Bisceglia 5. B. Baggett 6. V. Friese 7. J. Decotis 8. M. Lemoine 9. C. Thompson 10. K. Cunningham 11. A. Martin 12. K. Peters 13. M. Oldenburg 14. A. Catanzaro 15. J. Richardson 16. J. Starling 17. B. Nauditt 18. J. Owen 19. J. Martin 20. B. Wharton 21. P. Coates 22. G. Faith
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Season Standings
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki, 72
Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Kawasaki, 67
Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda, 56
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki, 54
Vince Friese, Cape Girardeau, Mo., Honda, 48
Cole Thompson, Brigden, Canada, KTM, 40
James Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda, 34
Blake Wharton, Beaumont, Texas, Honda, 33
Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Honda, 33
Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, Honda, 30