Dungey Breaks Through At Anaheim
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Before 41,294 fans inside Angel Stadium, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey won his first Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race of the season.
Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen won his second consecutive Western Regional 250SX Class Main Event.
JGRMX/Toyota/Yamaha’s Justin Brayton scored the Nuclear Cowboyz® Holeshot Award with MotoConcepts Racing’s Mike Alessi trailing in second place. Brayton crashed in turn three, giving the lead to Alessi as Dungey secured second position.
Two-time defending Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto was 11th place on the opening lap aboard his Monster Energy Kawasaki. On lap one, Rockstar Energy Racing’s Davi Millsaps moved into third place as Dungey took over the lead. Villopoto crashed after making contact with Alessi on the second lap and re-started in 19th place. Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart moved into second place on lap six, moving Millsaps back to third place.
Millsaps waited until lap 13 to re-pass Stewart for second place. Stewart was passed again for third by Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia.
Dungey, who secured his position in the Main Event via the final transfer position in the Last Chance Qualifier, became the fourth different winner in five races this season and moved into second place in season standings. Millsaps finished second and holds a 14-point lead over Dungey. Barcia, who did not finish the last two races, finished third.
“We felt some emotion coming into tonight’s race after barely making it into the Main Event,” said Dungey. “The team was sweating it, but we pulled it off. It’s a long season and this is a big step for the team.”
Rookie Joey Savatgy won the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award aboard his JDR/JStar KTM to start the Western Regional 250SX Class Main Event with Roczen on his back wheel in second place. Roczen quickly moved into the lead on the opening lap as he passed Savatgy. Defending champion Eli Tomac, who rides for the GEICO Honda team, started near the middle of the field but moved into fourth place on lap five.
Roczen extended his points lead to 20 over Tomac with the win. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos finished second and Tomac finished third.
“I need to keep this up and take it to the next level,” said Roczen. “This has been a great two races for me, but the season is not over yet, so I need to keep the pressure on as we head to San Diego next week.”