Villopoto Controls Lake Elsinore National
Dungey put forth a consistent 2-2 moto score, finishing second overall for the day.
“I would have liked it to be a little better but 2-2 was a good day. I was happier with the second moto even though the track was really rough, really choppy and tough. I’m just happy to be ending the season healthy,” Dungey said.
Heading into the final round, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac had an eight-race winning streak through the last four rounds but Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen brought his streak to an end as the German claimed the Moto 1 win in the 250 Class.
It was GEICO Honda’s Zach Osborne who grabbed the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot in Moto 1 and an onslaught of competition followed close behind. Roczen immediately grabbed the lead, with MYPLASH/Metal Mulisha/Star Racing Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin, Tomac and teammate Marvin Musquin close in tow. Musquin made a mistake and dropped back early on, but Martin and Tomac kept pushing in an attempt to catch the leader.
However, Roczen didn’t break as he secured the Moto 1 win ahead of Tomac and the rookie duo of Jeremy Martin and Cooper Webb, who finished third and fourth respectively in the first moto.
“I felt really good after the first moto. It’s a whole different feeling when you get the start and you’re up there,” Roczen said. “Overall I’m just glad that I’m healthy at the end of the season. I’m going to be on 450 next year so it’s going to be really different and I’m going to change some things to get better.”
In Moto 2, Osborne grabbed the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot once again but Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett claimed the early lead. Tomac put himself into the second place position early on but Baggett maintained a comfortable lead throughout the moto.
MYPLASH/Metal Mulisha/Star Racing Yamaha’s Cooper Webb had a breakthrough ride in Moto 2, capturing a career-best third-place finish. However, the position didn’t come easy to the 250 Class rookie as he battled with Osborne for a majority of the race. In the end, Webb was able to hold his position, with Osborne and Jeremy Martin close behind.
“It was definitely gnarly today, the heat didn’t seem to bother me too much, I was just trying to put consistent laps on a pretty brutal track,” Webb said. “I’ve kind of struggled with the mental side this year and felt like the past two weeks I recharged my batteries and went in with a different outlook. I’m satisfied with the last race for sure and I couldn’t have ended it a better way.”
Despite a valiant charge by Tomac at the end of Moto 2, Baggett held strong to cross the finish line in the first place position. However, Tomac was awarded the first place finish in Moto 2 as a result of a penalty given to Baggett. Tomac claimed the final overall victory of the season with a 2-1 moto score.
“It was one of those days where it wasn’t my track and it wasn’t my day. I feel like it just wasn’t there for me today and there was no use in going out there and doing something stupid,” Tomac said. “It was overall a really good year. I wasn’t really expecting to win eight motos in a row like I did. It went really, really well.”
Roczen experienced a crash that knocked him back a few positions in Moto 2, finishing second overall for the day with a 1-7 moto score. Webb put in a career best overall performance, finishing third overall with a 4-3 moto score in his rookie season of 250 Class competition.