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Ryan Dungey and Shane McElrath Continue Their Podium Streaks

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Ryan Dungey and Shane McElrath Continue Their Podium Streaks in Oakland

Round 5 – AMA Supercross Championship – February 4, 2017

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OAKLAND, Calif. – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team’s Ryan Dungey continues to lead the way in the 450SX Championship after capturing his fifth consecutive podium of the season on Saturday. With a 2nd place finish in the Main Event, Dungey remains the only rider in the premier class to appear on the podium at each of the five rounds of the AMA Supercross Championship. Additionally, Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath earned his fifth consecutive podium finish of the season, where he remains the only 250SX West rider to hold a podium position throughout the first five rounds.

It was a tough start to the evening for McElrath, who failed to immediately qualify into the Main Event after getting tangled with another rider in the heat race. McElrath was able to bounce back in the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ), where he led a majority of the race to claim an easy transfer position into the Main Event.

In 450SX Heat 1, Marvin Musquin put his Red Bull KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into a 2nd place position on the opening lap. From there, Musquin maintained a solid position where he ultimately finished 2nd place en route to the Main Event.

Dungey grabbed a top-five start in 450SX Heat 2, where he climbed his way into a transfer position around the halfway point. However, Dungey dropped back one position in the final laps to ultimately finish 5th place, where he was forced to line up in the semi-final.

In 450SX Semi 2, Dungey jumped into the lead position by lap two. From there, Dungey put forth a dominant performance to capture the win and a transfer position to the Main Event.

450SX Main Event
Just short of grabbing the official holeshot, Dungey powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into the lead on the opening lap as he established a good pace early on. Dungey charged ahead to lead the first 16 laps of the Main Event before Eli Tomac made his move into the lead on lap 17. From there, Dungey pushed hard in an attempt to reclaim the lead but in the end he finished a close 2nd.

Dungey: “The track was pretty tough – there were some spots where we were a little uncomfortable out there but a track like that brings out the rider and the talent. You have to really put it all together. We went for it in the beginning and opened up a nice little lead, which is good. I could gauge where Eli was and I saw that he was doing that rhythm lane. All and all it was a good night, I’m really happy with it. Just a couple of spots that I was losing time on the track so I’m happy with that. It’s not like it’s a bike thing, we’ll go to work this week and try to get better just like we do every week. Considering where we started out we made really good progress today so I’m really happy with it.”

Musquin didn’t get the best jump off the line as he checked in just inside the top-ten on the opening lap. Musquin immediately began climbing his way through the pack until a crash sent him back to the 17th place position just before the halfway point. Musquin was able to rebound, where he ultimately made his way back up to 9th.

250SX West Main Event
McElrath got off to a great start aboard his KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION as he jumped into the 3rd place position on the opening lap. McElrath engaged in a battle for the 3rd place position for a majority of the race where he ultimately prevailed to earn his fifth consecutive podium finish with 3rd place.

McElrath: “It’s actually a big relief [to not be leading the points chase]. This is the first time I’ve had all the pressure off of myself. It’s been a tough five races and it seems like it’s only gotten tougher having the target on my back, so we’re one point down now and I couldn’t be more relieved. It’s something where I can settle down now. That’s been my biggest thing – trying to understand how to deal with it. I’m here and I’m thankful that I’m safe. I’m ready for next weekend and ready to put up a fight going into the break.”

Next Event: Round 6 – Arlington, Texas – February 11, 2017

450SX Main Event Results
1. Eli Tomac
2. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
3. Cooper Webb
4. Jason Anderson
5. Cole Seely
6. Davi Millsaps (KTM)
7. Blake Baggett (KTM)
8. Chad Reed
9. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
10. Dean Wilson

450SX Championship Standings
1. Ryan Dungey (111)
2. Eli Tomac (94)
3. Marvin Musquin (86)
4. Cole Seely (85)
5. Davi Millsaps (70)

250SX West Main Event Results
1. Justin Hill
2. Martin Davalos
3. Shane McElrath (KTM)
4. Jimmy Decotis
5. Phil Nicoletti

250SX West Championship Standings
1. Justin Hill (113)
2. Shane McElrath (112)
3. Aaron Plessinger (97)
4. Martin Davalos (92)
5. Jimmy Decotis (73)

Successful Start to the AMA Supercross Season for KTM Factory Racing Teams

Successful Start to the AMA Supercross Season for KTM Factory Racing Teams

Round 1 – AMA Supercross Championship – January 8, 2017

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – It was a successful start to the season for KTM’s Factory Racing teams as the Red Bull KTM duo of Ryan Dungey and Marvin Musquin captured two podium finishes in the premier 450SX class, while Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath earned his first-career victory with a dominant performance in the 250SX Main Event.

Musquin kicked off the day with an impressive performance in the timed qualifying sessions, where he assumed the top position heading into the evening’s heat races. Musquin lined up alongside Dungey in Heat 2, each aboard a KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION machine. Both riders put themselves into a favorable position off the start where they charged ahead to ultimately capture 2nd (Dungey) and 3rd (Musquin) in the heat race.

The team’s newest member, Trey Canard, made his official racing debut with the team on Saturday aboard the KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION. However, Canard struggled in his heat, semi-final and LCQ races due to a sore shoulder sustained in crash during the afternoon practice session. Following a discussion with the team after the parade lap, Canard decided to not line up for the Main Event.

450SX Main Event

Musquin got off to a great start aboard his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION as he battled with Ken Roczen for the holeshot. While Roczen assumed the early lead, Musquin tucked in close behind for the 2nd place position, while Dungey jumped into a top-five position on the opening lap.

By the halfway point Dungey had worked his way into the 2nd place position, while Musquin briefly dropped back a position to Eli Tomac. However, the Frenchmen immediately charged back to reclaim his podium position by lap 12.

Dungey maintained a solid 2nd place position for the remainder of the race while Musquin put on a late-in-the-race charge to catch up to his teammate. After 20 laps of racing, Dungey crossed the finish line to capture 2nd overall at the season opener.

Dungey: “It was my first time back on the gate in a while but no excuses, I feel like we’re off to a pretty decent start. I’m happy with the ride and I’m excited to move forward this season. The track was rough and tough tonight, it would reach out and bite you if you weren’t careful. Kenny was riding really well tonight, I didn’t have anything for him. The start was key and you had to get out there and go right off the bat.”

Musquin held strong in the final moments of the race to finish just over one second behind Dungey to capture 3rd place at the season opener.

Musquin: “It feels really good to be on the podium tonight, especially at Anaheim I, it was big. I knew I was capable and it’s just really awesome to see the work that we put in while in Florida pay off. It was a tough track tonight so I’m really happy to be on the podium and I’m looking forward to making some more adjustments with the bike and continuing the momentum.”

250SX Main Event

Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath powered his KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into favorable position off the start, capturing the holeshot and the early lead. His teammate, Mitchell Oldenburg, settled into a top five position on the opening lap where he set his sights on a podium position. After 15 laps of racing. McElrath emerged victorious to capture the first-career victory in the 250SX class. Oldenburg held tough to finish just off the podium with a 4th place position at the opening round.

McElrath: “That’s what we do during the week – practice with our teammates and try to race hard with people behind you pressuring you. It was tough to be consistent lap after lap – the track was pretty tough but when you make a mistake you just kind of shake it off and try not to let the nerves get to you. We definitely put in the work, we didn’t have high expectations but we knew what we had to do.”

Next Event: Round 2 – San Diego, Calif. – January 14, 2017

450SX Main Event Results

1. Ken Roczen
2. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
3. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
4. Jason Anderson
5. Eli Tomac
6. Cole Seely
7. Davi Millsaps (KTM)
8. Weston Peick
9. Josh Grant
10. Cooper Webb

250SX Main Event Results

1. Shane McElrath (KTM)
2. Aaron Plessinger
3. Martin Davalos
4. Mitchell Oldenburg (KTM)
5. Justin Hill