Round three of the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships was once again a battle between Red Bull KTM teammates Ken Roczen and Ryan Dungey. Rookie Roczen took his second consecutive overall win at Colorado’s Thunder Valley National on Saturday, with Dungey finishing up third for the day. Also on the overall podium was Yoshimura Suzuki rider James Stewart, who came in second.
“I am happy to get another win,” said Roczen. “My focus is to continue to win motos and keep the red (number one) plate. I had a great second moto race today and feel really good about my results and fitness.”
In the day’s opening moto, Stewart was the frontrunner with Dungey sitting fourth and Roczen sixth. In quick succession, though, two-time Motocross Champion Dungey overtook second place and made several bids for the lead but couldn’t make them stick. Behind him, teammate Roczen was charging hard and the two fought it out for the podium position. Roczen eventually made the pass on his teammate, who looked to be a solid third until he crashed after running out of tear-offs. Dungey recovered quickly to finish fourth behind third-place Trey Canard (Team Honda Muscle Milk), Roczen in second and Stewart with the win.
In the second moto, Dungey got another great start but was passed by Roczen only a few laps into the race. Roczen then went on to pass Canard who was in the lead. Although the two exchanged the front spot several times, it was Roczen who eventually claimed the moto win. Dungey also caught and passed Canard to finish second with Stewart finishing third.
“I am definitely pushing to improve myself each race,” said Dungey. “Luckily, Kenny and I have been practicing a lot together, which is good for both of us. Today I made a few mistakes and he had a bit more speed than me in some areas but overall I feel good and am excited about this season.”
Currently, Roczen and Dungey sit first and second, respectively, in the overall championship points standings, while Yoshimura Suzuki’s Stewart is third.Tags: Colorado, James Stewart, Ken Roczen, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, Motorsports, Red Bull, Red Bull KTM, Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard, Yoshimura Suzuki