The Red Bull KTM factory riders made short work of this past weekend’s Tennessee National at Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tenn. Round five of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series saw KTM teammates Ken Roczen and Ryan Dungey dominate the field in both motos, going on to finish first and second overall, respectively, in the premier 450 class. Rounding out the Tennessee podium in third-place overall was GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac in his first race back since breaking his collarbone.
In the day’s opening moto, Roczen and Dungey got good launches off the gate. Although Roczen took the lead, he suffered a get-off that pushed him back to fourth behind Tomac, Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard and Dungey. Despite this, rookie Roczen caught up with Dungey and the Red Bull KTM duo put the proverbial hammer down. In short order, they overtook the top two spots and began gapping the field. They were wheel to wheel until Roczen crashed with three laps to go. Although he lost a few seconds, he didn’t lose position and finished second behind winner Dungey, with Tomac picking up third for the moto.
In the second moto, Dungey got the holeshot but almost immediately lost the lead to Roczen. The two went on to pull a significant gap on the field, with Roczen taking the win and Dungey finishing second. Tomac again took third in the moto but finished almost an entire minute behind Roczen and Dungey.
“I think having Ryan push me the whole moto today helped us both stretch our lead out front,” Roczen said. “We’ve both been training hard and it is showing on the track.”
Although the Red Bull KTM teammates split first and second in both motos, it was Roczen with the overall victory because he won the second moto. Dungey finished second overall, having won the first moto and finished second in the second moto.
“I’ve been able to train in the hot weather lately and that really paid off for me today,” said Dungey. “The bike felt great and I got off to good starts in both motos. The lappers definitely made a difference in the second moto but I am glad to run up front with my teammate and to see both Red Bull KTM bikes on the top of the box.”
Five races into the 12-round Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season, Roczen leads the title chase with Dungey in second and Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart in third.Tags: Eli Tomac, GEICO Honda, James Stewart, Ken Roczen, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, Motorsports, Muddy Creek Raceway, Red Bull KTM, Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard