Roczen Continues Lucas Oil MX Success
BUCHANAN, Mich. – The 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, reached its halfway point on Saturday with the annual Independence Day tradition at the Red Bull RedBud Nat’l.
German-born 450 Class rookie Ken Roczen was dominant in the premier division, sweeping both motos aboard his Red Bull KTM to claim his fourth win in six starts and extend his championship lead.
The points leader also emerged victorious in the 250 Class, as Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin captured his third win of the season.
After a close runner-up effort one week ago, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey started his afternoon by grabbing the Motosport.com Holeshot Award in Moto One, but quickly had to do battle with Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard. It didn’t take long for Canard to move past Dungey on the opening lap.
While that duo looked to establish a gap, Roczen was forced to fight his way forward from a start deep inside the top 10. Canard and Dungey settled into a comfortable pace out front with GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac settling into third. Roczen, meanwhile, was on a torrid charge to the front, coming from eighth to break into the top three by lap four and then passing both his teammate Dungey and Canard to move into the lead on the following lap. Once out front, Roczen pulled away, leaving Canard and Dungey to do battle for second.
Dungey made a pass on Canard for second on lap eight, but made a mistake just a short time later, giving the position back to Canard. These two continued their battle through to the finish with Canard holding off Dungey. Roczen took the checkered flag by 4.5 seconds over Canard while Dungey rounded out the podium. Tomac followed in fourth with BTO Sports KTM’s Andrew Short in fifth.
Roczen left little doubt he would be the rider to beat in the second moto, racing to the Motosport.com Holeshot Award just ahead of Canard. The Honda rider found a way to take over the lead on the opening lap, setting the stage for a thrilling battle between the two throughout the first stage of the moto.
Roczen made multiple attempts to pass Canard and did so on a couple different occasions, only to have Canard fight back and reclaim the position. On Lap five, Roczen made another pass on Canard and was able to make it stick. He soon pulled away.