Dungey Thrills 59,919 In Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS — In front of 59,919 fans inside Lucas Oil Stadium, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey captured his first win of the 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season on a night that resulted in a major shakeup in the 450SX Class standings.
In the third race of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo captured his second career victory to extend his point lead.
Smartop MotoConcepts Racing’s Mike Alessi secured the Nuclear CowboyzHoleshot Award to start the 20-lap 450SX Class Main Event and was followed by Dungey and GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac.
Behind them several of the championship’s leading title contenders encountered misfortune, as Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, the 450SX Class points leader, and Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen, second in the standings, crashed on the start straight.
Just a few feet in front of them, Team Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart, third in the championship, crashed in the first turn. All three riders were able to get back on their bikes and re-enter the race at the tail end of the 22-rider field.
Out front Alessi established a gap over Dungey and Tomac, but Dungey soon closed the deficit and made a pass for the lead on lap four. Once out front, Dungey pulled away to a comfortable margin. Tomac battled with Alessi for the runner-up spot for several laps until Alessi crashed on lap 12.
Meanwhile, Villopoto mounted an impressive charge through the field and moved into fourth following Alessi’s crash while Roczen went down on the same lap while running eighth.
Dungey continued to pull away and won his 14th-career 450SX Class Main Event by nearly seven seconds.
“We needed that win, it’s been a long season,” said Dungey, who became the fifth different 450SX Class winner this season. “The track got really torn up tonight, but it feels good (to get the win). I got up front pretty early and was able to hold a good pace, and not do anything stupid. It was one of the toughest races of the season for sure. We have to keep taking (the championship) one race at a time. It’s a great series with a lot of good riders so you have to just keep plugging away.”