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Joey Savatgy Keeps Win Streak Alive in Minneapolis

Joey Savatgy Keeps Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Win Streak Alive in Minneapolis

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Minneapolis (February 18, 2017) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy kept a personal and team win streak alive as he claimed the first victory of the 2017 Eastern Regional 250SX Championship inside U.S. Bank Stadium. While Savatgy extended the Pro Circuit win streak to five, he also continued his win streak started at the final race in Las Vegas last season. Teammate Adam Cianciarulo overcame a tough start to finish fifth.

Savatgy was just edged out for the top spot in qualifying, but had no problem claiming his first heat race win of the season. In the main event, Savatgy got a great start and settled in behind the leader on the opening laps. Just before halfway, he was able to get by the leader and bring home another win for the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki team.

“It was a tight track that was a bit tricky,” said Savatgy. “I just tried to stay close to the leader and was able to get around him. We have some stuff we can work on this week and I’m really looking forward to the race this weekend in Atlanta.”

In his first supercross race back since 2014, Cianciarulo was ready to shake off the cobwebs and prove his speed on the track. He qualified fourth overall and finished just behind his teammate in the heat race for second. Once the main event kicked off, Cianciarulo had a bit of work to do after a mid-pack start but he was up to the challenge and made passes all the way up fifth.

“I think I rode pretty tight since it has been a few years I’ve been behind a supercross starting gate,” said Cianciarulo. “I think my confidence is there and happy that we got some good points out of my first race back as we head to Atlanta.”

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250SX Class Main Event Results
Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki)
Jordon Smith (KTM)
Zach Osborne (Husqvarna)
RJ Hampshire (Honda)
Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki)
Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
Anthony Rodriguez (Yamaha)
Luke Renzland (Yamaha)
Kyle Peters (Suzuki)
Colt Nichols (Yamaha)

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Created by former desert racer Mitch Payton, Pro Circuit proves its products and services week-in and week-out through its tagline “We Race.” Every product that dons the Pro Circuit stamp stems from the legendary Pro Circuit race team. A staple in the professional paddock, Pro Circuit Racing has earned 29 AMA championships and more than 250 race wins in more than 30 years of competition.

Red Bull KTM Riders Musquin and Dungey Podium at Minneapolis SX

Red Bull KTM Riders Musquin and Dungey Podium at Minneapolis SX

Round 7 – AMA Supercross Championship – February 18, 2017

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The AMA Supercross Championship made its return to Minneapolis for the first time since 2013, where it took place inside the newly built U.S. Bank Stadium. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin led the team’s efforts on Saturday night with a solid 2nd place finish, while his teammate, Ryan Dungey, earned a 3rd place finish at Round 7 to maintain his points lead in the 450SX Championship. Additionally, Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Jordon Smith captured an impressive 2nd place finish at the opening round of the 250SX East Championship.

All three Red Bull KTM factory riders were seeded into 450SX Heat 1 but it was Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/WPS/KTM’s Davi Millsaps who shot out to the front on the opening lap. Dungey powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into the 2nd place position early on where he set his sights on Millsaps out front. Trey Canard tucked his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into a top-four position off the start where he quickly made his way into 3rd behind Dungey.

Dungey and Millsaps battled it out for the lead position but in the end it was Millsaps who took the heat race win, with Dungey in a close 2nd. Canard held strong to capture a 3rd place transfer position into the Main Event.

Musquin got hit from behind by another rider on the opening lap, causing him to go down and fall back to 17th place. Despite a valiant effort to come back and finish 7th in the race, Musquin was forced to enter the semi-final. There, Musquin dominated the race to earn a decent gate pick for the Main Event.

450SX Main Event
Millsaps powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION to a great start once again, with Dungey and Musquin inside the top six on the opening lap. Dungey quickly moved into the 2nd place position behind Eli Tomac, while Musquin climbed his way into 3rd around lap five. Throughout the 26-lap Main Event Musquin continued to increase the pressure on Dungey and with only a few laps to go Musquin made the move on his teammate to take over the 2nd place position.

Musquin put on a charge to catch up to within six seconds of Tomac out front, where he was able to pull a gap on Dungey to ultimately finish 15 seconds ahead for 2nd place.

Musquin: “The day started off rough – I got hit from behind in the heat race and went down. I was trying to go through safe but it didn’t work out. Thankfully we won the semi and get a decent gate pick that was the goal. It actually was not that bad going to the semi because you get to do more laps and learn more of the track. In the Main Event I was able to make some good passes in the beginning but they [Tomac and Dungey] had a good gap on me and I was trying to put on the charge. I thought it was going to be tough to catch those guys. Obviously Ryan made a mistake but the lappers were really tough out there and the sand section was difficult but I felt like I did good through there. After winning last weekend and then to back it up with a 2nd place tonight is pretty awesome.”

Dungey, who made a mistake early in the race that could have cost him a podium finish, earned a solid 3rd place finish to claim his sixth podium finish of the season.

Dungey: “I definitely had a close call there at the beginning. That section was tricky all day, it sent me into a dive but luckily I saved it and I was able to jump off the side of the track. I had a good charge with Eli at the beginning but he was riding really well and he was able to break away. I made a couple mistakes and then there was Marvin – when he passed me, I saw some of his lines and they were good.”

Dungey added: “It’s good to be back home and to have Minneapolis back on the stop. It’s cool that these people in Minnesota were able to get a taste of Supercross once again and it’s good for the sport.”

Canard didn’t get the best start, where he came around the opening lap in 13th place. The Oklahoma native was able to climb his way inside the top ten through the first half of the race where he ultimately finished 8th place in the Main Event.

250SX East Main Event
The 250SX East Championship kicked off on Saturday and Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Jordon Smith got off to a great start with a 2nd place finish in the class. Smith jumped out of the gate to assume the early lead aboard his KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION where he maintained the lead through the first half of the race. Smith eventually dropped to the 2nd place position where he nailed down a podium finish in the opening round of the East division.

Jordon Smith: “I knew I had to get a good start out there, the track was really one lined and I knew it was going to be tough to pass. I got a really good start and just tried to hit my lines and stay clear of the lappers, it was pretty tough out there with all the ruts and stuff. Overall it was a good race and I’m glad to get out of here with a good finish.”

Next Event: Round 8 – Atlanta, Ga. – February 25, 2017

450SX Main Event Results
1. Eli Tomac
2. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
3. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
4. Jason Anderson
5. Cole Seely
6. Davi Millsaps (KTM)
7. Broc Tickle
8. Trey Canard (KTM)
9. Blake Baggett (KTM)
10. Mike Alessi

450SX Championship Standings
1. Ryan Dungey (149)
2. Marvin Musquin (133)
3. Eli Tomac (125)
4. Cole Seely (123)
5. Jason Anderson (103)

250SX East Main Event Results
1. Joey Savatgy
2. Jordon Smith (KTM)
3. Zach Osborne
4. RJ Hampshire
5. Adam Cianciarulo

250SX East Championship Standings
1. Joey Savatgy (25)
2. Jordon Smith (22)
3. Zach Osborne (20)
4. RJ Hampshire (18)
5. Adam Cianciarulo (16)

KTM Factory Racing Team Achieves Double-Podium at Phoenix SX

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Maintains Championship Points Lead With a Double-Podium at Phoenix SX

Round 4 – AMA Supercross Championship – January 29, 2017

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PHOENIX – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team’s Ryan Dungey kept his podium streak alive on Saturday as he rode to a solid 3rd place finish at Round 4 of the 2017 AMA Supercross Championship in Phoenix. Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath bounced back from a visit to the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) to capture a 2nd place finish in the 250SX West division. Both Dungey and McElrath maintain the championship points lead in their respective classes after four rounds of racing.

In 450SX Heat 1, Marvin Musquin put his Red Bull KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into a top five position off the start where he pushed his way into the top three by the third lap. After an all-out battle with Cooper Webb, Musquin was able to make his podium position stick as he cleanly transferred to the Main Event.

Dungey lined up in 450SX Heat 2, where he powered his Red Bull KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into 5th place off the start. Dungey made his move into 4th around the halfway point of the six-lap heat race as he finished strong to capture a transfer position into the Main Event.

450SX Main Event
The Main Event was full of action as the top five riders battled it out for a podium position all race long. Dungey began just inside the top five as he rounded the opening lap in the 4th place position, with Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/WPS/KTM’s Davi Millsaps in 5th. Dungey eventually caught the battle for 2nd where he made the pass on Justin Brayton to inherit 3rd. From there, Dungey set his sights on catching Cole Seely for the 2nd place position.

Dungey eventually made his move around Seely just after the halfway point and the duo battled back and forth throughout the next few sections of the track. However, a hard-charging Chad Reed blazed past both riders through the rhythm section leaving Dungey to fall back into the 3rd place position once again.

Despite every effort to catch the leaders, Dungey wasn’t able to make up enough time to catch Reed for the 2nd place position. With a steady string of podium finishes through the first four rounds, Dungey maintains the 450SX championship points leader by a 15-point margin over his teammate Musquin.

Dungey: “After I got up to 3rd I set my sights on trying to make the pass on Seely and then I was able to, which was good. In the sand he came back and took the position back and then we go into the next corner and Seely slid so I was boxed in down that whole rhythm and there came Chad – he was riding good. Once Chad got by I tried to tow in behind him – I knew I was losing a lot of time in that one rhythm lane but overall just trying to tow in with him. I really wanted to make a late charge at the end but I wasn’t able to, those guys were riding good tonight.”

Musquin didn’t get a favorable start in the Main Event as he came around for the opening lap in 13th place. Musquin continued to push throughout the 20-lap race where he ultimately climbed back to an 8th place finish for the day.

After four rounds, Musquin sits only 15 points back for 2nd place position in the 450SX championship point standings.

250SX West Main Event
McElrath was able to lead 11 of the 16 Main Event laps aboard his KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION. McElrath put himself into a favorable position from the beginning as he remained inside the top three at all times. While battling for the lead position late in the race, McElrath chose to maintain his composure and capture the 2nd place position where he remains in command of the 250SX West points lead after four rounds of racing.

McElrath: “We overcame a lot of adversity today. I had been riding a little cautious and wanted to have that fire again. That race should have been mine, but you do need to be careful when you come up on lappers and aren’t sure what they are going to do. I’m thankful we’re safe after going down in the heat race.”

Next Event: Round 5 – Oakland, Calif. – February 4, 2017

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

450SX Championship Standings
1. Ryan Dungey (89)
2. Marvin Musquin (74)
3. Eli Tomac (69)
4. Cole Seely (69)
5. Davi Millsaps (55)

250SX West Main Event Results
1. Justin Hill
2. Shane McElrath (KTM)
3. Austin Forkner
4. Aaron Plessinger
5. Martin Davalos

250SX West Championship Standings
1. Shane McElrath (92)
2. Justin Hill (88)
3. Aaron Plessinger (82)
4. Martin Davalos (70)
5. Austin Forker (67)

Ryan Dungey Leads Team to a 1-2 Finish at Anaheim II

Ryan Dungey Leads Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team to a 1-2 Finish at Anaheim II

Round 3 – AMA Supercross Championship – January 22, 2017

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Back-to-back reigning 450SX Champion Ryan Dungey earned his first victory of the season on Saturday as he led the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team to an impressive 1-2 finish at Round 3 of the AMA Supercross Championship in Anaheim. His teammate, Marvin Musquin, finished only two seconds back for 2nd, capturing his third consecutive podium finish this season. Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath maintained his points lead with a 3rd place finish in the 250SX West division.

It was a rough start to the evening for the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 riders as both Dungey and Musquin were forced to enter the semi-final race after experiencing bad luck in the heat races. Musquin lined up in 450SX Heat 1 where he jumped into a 3rd place position on the opening lap. However, on lap three Musquin got caught up in another rider’s crash and went down, ultimately running out of time to make a qualifying position from the heat race.

Dungey didn’t experience any better luck as he went down on the opening lap of 450SX Heat 2. As a result of the crash, Dungey was unable to continue on due to a problem with his throttle body harness.

Both Musquin and Dungey were seeded into 450SX Semi 1 amongst a full slate of heavy-hitters in the class. Musquin got off to a good start, eventually making his way into the lead on lap two. From there, Musquin held a strong pace to capture the Semi 1 win. Dungey got off to a mid-pack start but the defending champion climbed his way up to ultimately finish 3rd en route to the Main Event.

450SX Main Event

Despite 13th gate pick for the Main Event, Dungey was able to get a great jump out of the gate to battle for the holeshot and assume the early lead aboard his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION.  Musquin didn’t get the best jump but he settled into the 5th place position on the opening lap.

Musquin immediately began picking off riders where he put himself into 3rd place around the halfway point. Musquin was then able to get around Cole Seely for the 2nd place position where he set his sights on his teammate Dungey out front. Dungey put forth a solid performance throughout the 22-lap Main Event, where he earned his first victory of the 2017 season at Round 3, thus taking over the championship points lead in the class.

Dungey: “I’m thankful to get this win earlier in the season rather than later. Tonight was testing for me – first the throttle broke in the heat race and then my start in the semi wasn’t too great but we were able to end the night on a good note. The Main E vent was tricky, the track was nasty but I’m surprised with the rain that it was as good as it was. There were a bunch of kickers so I was just focused on hitting my lines and marks. Overall, with all the adversity we faced I’m glad we could come away with the win tonight – it was a hard-earned one!”

Musquin captured his third podium of the season to maintain his 2nd place position in the championship point standings, where he sits only seven points behind Dungey after three rounds.

Musquin: “All I can say is ‘you gotta do what you gotta do.’ Both of us went to the semi-final but still qualified to the Main Event and proved we can still be on the podium after going to the semi. Once again at the beginning I wasn’t as good as the end but I tried to stay calm and keep up with those guys. Roczen got around me and had a big crash so after that I tried to switch up my line to stay smooth. I wasn’t too far from Ryan but he was already gone at the beginning so 2nd place wasn’t too bad for me and a really good night for Red Bull KTM.”

250SX West Main Event

McElrath powered his KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into a top-five position off the start as he battled his way through a hungry pack of front-runners. Beginning in the 4th place position, the two-time race winner engaged in a battle with Austin Forkner early on where he made the pass for 3rd place on lap five. From there, McElrath pushed ahead to maintain a solid podium position for the remainder of the race.

With two wins and a 3rd place finish behind him, McElrath continues to hold the 250SX West points lead heading into the next round.

McElrath: “Everyone was going fast and I was giving it everything I had – and tonight that was 3rd place. Coming into this championship race [with the points lead] has been a whole new thing for me. It’s something that we can’t be anything but thankful for today – we still have the red plate and the points lead. I’m looking forward to continue building, we’re still learning and we’re going to be ready to fight next weekend.”

Next Event: Round 4 – Phoenix, Arizona – January 28, 2017

450SX Main Event Results

1. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
2. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
3.Cole Seely
4. Cooper Webb
5. Weston Peick
6. Josh Grant
7. Chad Reed
8. Eli Tomac
9. Davi Millsaps (KTM)
10. Blake Baggett (KTM)

450SX Championship Standings

1. Ryan Dungey (69)
2. Marvin Musquin (62)
3. Ken Roczen (51)
4. Cole Seely (51)
5. Eli Tomac (44)

250SX West Main Event Results

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

250SX West Championship Standings

1. Shane McElrath (70)
2. Aaron Plessinger (64)
3. Justin Hill (63)
4. Martin Davalos (54)
5. Austin Forker (47)

KTM Factory Racing Teams Score Three Podium Finishes in San Diego

KTM Factory Racing Teams Score Three Podium Finishes in San Diego

Round 2 – AMA Supercross Championship – January 14, 2017

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Round 2 of the AMA Supercross Championship took place in San Diego on Saturday and it was a successful day for KTM Factory Racing teams in both the 450SX and 250SX divisions. In the premier class, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team’s Ryan Dungey made it an exciting battle to the finish to earn 2nd overall, while teammate Marvin Musquin rounded out the podium with a 3rd place finish. Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath continued his success from the opening round to capture his second-straight victory in the 250SX class.

Dungey got off to a good start on the day as he claimed the top position in timed qualifying, which awarded him first gate pick heading into the evening’s heat races. Dungey was joined in 450SX Heat 2 by his teammate Musquin, who qualified 5th earlier in the day.

As the gate dropped for 450SX Heat 2, Dungey powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into a 2nd place position, with Musquin just inside the top five. While Dungey maintained a solid 2nd place position throughout the seven-lap race, Musquin powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION past Chad Reed and Cooper Webb to ultimately capture a 3rd place transfer position into the Main Event.

450SX Main Event
It was a great start for KTM riders aboard the 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION as Dungey captured the holeshot, followed by Musquin and Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/WPS/KTM’s Davi Millsaps close in tow. While running in 2nd on the opening lap, Musquin had a close call where he went off the track for a brief moment and lost a position to Ken Roczen. Luckily, Musquin recovered quickly and settled into the 3rd place position early on as he set his sights on the lead duo ahead.

Dungey led the first seven laps of the Main Event until Roczen took over the lead just before the halfway point. Dungey didn’t back down though, as he continued to pressure Roczen for the lead position. Due to the new format of timed-races, the Main Event extended itself to 24-laps in total, which proved to be valuable for the reigning back-to-back champion as he reeled in Roczen near the end.

Heading into the final moments of the race, Dungey pulled himself to less than one second behind Roczen and the duo battled it out toward the finish. Dungey made a mistake on the final lap to ultimately allow Roczen the freedom to capture the win, where he finished 2.5 seconds back for 2nd place.

Dungey: “We started out the day nice, which was good because I felt like last weekend that wasn’t the case. It was nice to have the fastest time going into the night show and just put all of our effort into the track. In the Main Event Kenny and I were pushing the pace, I was out front first and then he got by but we had a fast pace all night. We all took the same line out there, you didn’t want to try anything different because the track was so rough. Lappers in the way made you venture off a little but I picked up on a few lines late in the race and was really happy with it. The bike setup was great tonight and I had a lot of fun. I feel like I accomplished what I wanted to coming into the weekend. I know I have to keep the focus on myself and use my experience to make it happen. We made a couple changes here and there but I was really happy in the end.”

Musquin maintained a solid 3rd place position where he captured his second-consecutive podium finish through the first two rounds.

Musquin: “I was really happy about my start in the Main Event. I was trying to be really aggressive and pass Ryan on the opening lap. I went inside and doubled – I don’t know what happened but I thought I was going to crash! I was up in the air and all I could see was the sky. I don’t know how I didn’t crash but I went off the track and jumped back on. Especially with that, I am really glad to be on the podium. It was a good race, I was trying to ride really hard and keep up the pace with those guys [Roczen and Dungey]. At the end of the race they were going really fast, I couldn’t really do more against those guys but 3rd is really good.”

250SX Main Event
McElrath didn’t get the most favorable jump off the line but he pushed his KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into a top five position on the opening lap. The points leader played it smart in the beginning stages of the race, where he moved his way into 3rd by lap five.

From there, McElrath put on a major charge to climb his way into 2nd where he contested for the lead position in the final laps of the race. McElrath made a big charge in the final moments of the race as he pressured Martin Davalos for the lead position. McElrath eventually made a pass for the lead with two laps to go and he held on to the checkers to capture his second-straight victory and career win No. two in the 250SX division.

McElrath: “It’s unreal to explain [winning two in a row] but I try to treat the race like a practice day where we go through every scenario except with a little less intensity. I have been working really hard – spiritually, mentally and physically – and have just been in the zone. The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM team works their butts off every week and I’m so thankful. Last week’s win could have been a fluke but tonight proved to be the real thing and I want to keep it going. The track was really demanding tonight, it was one of those things where I just had to run it in there, it’s not what I would have liked to do but that’s racing – it was for the win so I’ll take it.”

Next Event: Round 3 – Anaheim, Calif. – January 21, 2017

450SX Main Event Results
1. Ken Roczen
2. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
3. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
4. Jason Anderson
5. Cole Seely
6. Eli Tomac
7. Weston Peick
8. Davi Millsaps (KTM)
9. Chad Reed
10. Justin Bogle

450SX Championship Standings
1. Ken Roczen (50)
2. Ryan Dungey (44)
3. Marvin Musquin (40)
4. Jason Anderson (36)
5. Eli Tomac (31)

250SX Main Event Results
1. Shane McElrath (KTM)
2. Justin Hill
3. Aaron Plessinger
4. Martin Davalos
5. Austin Forkner

250SX Championship Standings
1. Shane McElrath (50)
2. Aaron Plessinger (42)
3. Justin Hill (38)
4. Martin Davalos (38)
5. Austin Forker (29)

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

Ryan Dungey Rides to an Impressive Finish at Hangtown MX National

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Ryan Dungey Rides to an Impressive 2nd Overall Finish at Hangtown MX National

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Round 1 – AMA Pro Motocross Championship – May 21, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Red B ull KTM Factory Racing’s Ryan Dungey captured a pair of 2nd place moto finishes on Saturday to claim 2nd overall at the opening round of the 2016 AMA Pro Motocross Championship. In his American Motocross 450 Class debut, Marvin Musquin finished 8th overall on the KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition.

With only one weekend off between the AMA Supercross finale and the opening round of American Motocross, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team switched gears with new bike set-up and much different track conditions outdoors.

In Moto 1, Dungey powered his KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition into a top three position off the start, where he quickly jumped into 2nd place behind Ken Roczen on lap two. His teammate, Marvin Musquin, got a great jump off the start to begin the race inside the top five.

With consistently fast lap times, Dungey chased Roczen down for the lead position throughout the entire 34-minute race but it wasn’t enough to close the gap that Roczen created right off the start.

Meanwhile, Musquin dropped back a few positions to ultimately finish 9th place in Moto 1.

In Moto 2, Dungey shot off the line to capture the holeshot but Roczen got around him to take over the early lead on lap one. From there, Dungey put forth a hard-fought effort to catch Roczen out front, where he came within a seconds of the leader at times. Despite a valiant effort, Dungey finished 2nd place in Moto 2, where he secured 2nd overall for the day.

“It was overall a really good way to begin the season,” Dungey said. “We want to win for sure but overall we’re just getting things started in outdoors, adapting to the bike and keeping the comfort from Supercross flowing into this summer. The speed was there, everything was there, and I trust the boys at KTM to keep advancing the bike and I’ll do the work on my side to get there.”

Musquin began Moto 2 outside the top ten but the 450 Class Rookie set his sights on moving through the pack. Musquin made a few passes to reach the 7th place position where set his sights on Justin Barcia in 6th. As the race wore on, Musquin was able to close the gap on Barcia but he wasn’t able to climb into another position before the checkered flag flew.

With moto scores of 9-7, Musquin secured 8th overall at the season opener.

“The first moto didn’t go as I wanted but we worked between the motos with the team and came out with good changes,” Musquin said. “I’m happy to finally race my first AMA 450 outdoor race and can’t wait to go to the next one! I know the season will be long and I want to keep improving.”

450 Class Overall Results

1. Ken Roczen (1-1)

2. Ryan Dungey (2-2)

3. Eli Tomac (4-4)

4. Jason Anderson (6-3)

5. Trey Canard (7-5)

6. Cole Seely (5-10)

7. Justin Barcia (10-6)

8. Marvin Musquin (9-7)

9. Josh Grant (8-8)

10.Blake Baggett (3-19)

Championship Point Standings

1. Ken Roczen – 50

2. Ryan Dungey – 44

3. Eli Tomac – 36

4. Jason Anderson – 35

5. Trey Canard – 30

6. Cole Seely – 27

7. Justin Barcia – 26

8. Marvin Musquin – 26

9. Josh Grant – 26

10.Blake Baggett – 22

Ryan Dungey Emerges Victorious at a Muddy Las Vegas Supercross Finale

Ryan Dungey Emerges Victorious at a Muddy Las Vegas Supercross Finale
Round 17 – AMA 450SX Championship – May 7, 2016

Dungey
Dungey

LAS VEGAS – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Ryan Dungey emerged victorious despite challenging track conditions at the 17th and final round of the 450SX Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada. After clinching the 2016 450SX Championship at the penultimate round last week, Dungey rounded out the season in a big way with his 31st career victory.

Inclement weather cancelled the morning’s qualifying sessions as a major downpour occurred just after the first practice. As a result, the evening’s qualifying positions were pulled from the free practice, where Dungey put his KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition atop the field, with Musquin in the 7th place position.

Both riders were seeded into 450SX Heat 2, where unfavorable track conditions awaited following hours of heavy rain. Despite the muddy obstacles, Dungey captured the holeshot and led all five laps of the heat race. Musquin began the race in the 5th place position where he was unable to make an advance into a transfer spot.

Musquin lined up in 450SX Semi 2, where he was able to secure a transfer position into the Main Event with a 3rd place finish.

In the 450SX Main Event, Dungey shot off the line to capture the holeshot and the early lead in the race, while Musquin followed close behind in 4th. Dungey led the first six laps of the Main Event before Ken Roczen made a pass to take over the lead. However, Roczen lost control and crashed through a rhythm section soon after, and Dungey, with nowhere to go, ran into him and crashed as well. Dungey quickly remounted and reclaimed the lead, while Roczen eventually pulled off.

Meanwhile, Musquin was riding a solid pace inside the top five when he landed off a double and collided with another rider, causing him to crash hard. As a result, Musquin was forced to pull into the mechanic’s area to make adjustments to the bike.

Dungey held strong amidst a chaotic Main Event to capture his 9th victory of the season in Las Vegas.

“Tonight was a challenge and the track was tough with that drizzle [rain]. I really needed that good start,” Dungey said. “I’m glad we got a win to end the season strong and get ready for what lies ahead. This is one of my best seasons in Supercross so far and I’m looking forward to more.”

450 Class Results

1.Ryan Dungey – KTM
2.Jason Anderson
3.Eli Tomac
4.Chad Reed
5.Blake Baggett
6.Broc Tickle
7.Justin Brayton – KTM
8.Trey Canard
9.Cole Seely
10.Justin Barcia
11.Josh Grant
12.Jake Weimer
13.Vince Friese
14.Justin Bogle
15.Mike Alessi
16.Nick Schmidt
17.Bracken Hall
18.Nick Wey
19.Benny Bloss – KTM
20.Ken Roczen
21.Marvin Musquin – KTM
22.Davi Millsaps – KTM

Championship Point Standings

1.Ryan Dungey – 391
2.Ken Roczen – 331
3.Jason Anderson – 315
4.Eli Tomac – 290
5.Chad Reed – 250
6.Cole Seely – 219
7.Marvin Musquin – 214
8.Justin Brayton – 200
9.Trey Canard – 196
10.Jake Weimer – 128

Ryan Dungey Clinches His 3rd 450SX Championship at East Rutherford Supercross

Ryan Dungey Clinches His 3rd 450SX Championship at East Rutherford Supercross
Round 16 – 450SX Championship – April 30, 2016

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KTM

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Ryan Dungey clinched his third career 450SX Championship on Saturday with a solid 4th place finish at the penultimate round in East Rutherford, New Jersey. In doing so, Dungey successfully defended his 2015 title to become a back-to-back 450SX champion in 2016.

“Obviously 4th place isn’t the goal but the championship is and it’s nice to have a little cushion and wrap it up a round early,” Dungey said. “The [31 consecutive] podium streak was cool and I was definitely going after Cole Seely there just to try to get on the podium but I gave it my best and did what I could but I wasn’t going to do anything stupid either. It’s been a fight, mentally battling week in and week out, with lots of riders challenging us all season. I feel like I was consistent across the board the whole season and 4th place – if that’s our worst finish all season up to Round 16 – I don’t think it’s bad.”

The newly crowned three-time 450SX Champion came into Round 16 with a favorable points lead over runner-up Ken Roczen. Throughout the day’s qualifying, Dungey performed consistently aboard his KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition, where he ultimately qualified 5th overall. His teammate, Marvin Musquin, captured the fastest lap time of the day, where he assumed pole position heading into the evening’s racing.

Both Musquin and Dungey were seeded into 450SX Heat 2, where Dungey assumed the early lead. Dungey showcased great determination as he rode on to the heat race victory, while Musquin fell just short of a transfer position with 5th in the heat.

Musquin prevailed through the Semi, capturing a 2nd place transfer position into the Main Event.

In the 450SX Main Event, Dungey captured a top-five start where he immediately engaged in a battle with the front-runners. Musquin, however, got tangled with another rider off the start, which caused him to lose momentum and run off the track before the first turn.

From there, Musquin charged hard through the pack, making advances throughout the entire Main Event, ultimately making his way up to 7th place.

“Coming off the start, another rider bumped into me and it caused me to lose my balance and fly off the track,” Musquin said. “I thought I was going to crash for a minute but I was able to save it and keep going. I’m really happy with the way I rode tonight, I feel like I was back to myself, and even though the results didn’t show it, I’m happy with how the riding went.”

Dungey battled hard for a podium position but the champ played it safe in the end to capture a secure 4th place finish en route to his 3rd 450SX Championship.

Pit Beirer, KTM Head of Motorsports commented, “We are just extremely happy to have another championship. This was a dream of ours for so many years and last year it happened for the first time but as we know it’s a difficult sport so to win a championship is one thing but to keep the level is another one. The team here in the U.S., and Ryan Dungey, they didn’t just keep the level; they put it on another level again! It was amazing to watch Ryan this year, how strong he was week in and week out, and we just want to thank the team and Ryan for what they did.”

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager, Roger De Coster added, “I’m just super happy to be part of this and be able to help Ryan win this championship for KTM. I have to thank everyone in Austria that has helped us, including the WP side, Pit Beirer and Mr. Pierer especially, because he is the one who commits the budget and the money to allow us to do this and allow us to do what we love to do, which is race and win races. Without him this would be impossible. I feel very fortunate because I feel that our crew here in the U.S. is the best crew in the paddock. I’m certain we can do this again because I’m not happy with stopping here, we have to do it again and again and I think with the commitment of the crew in Austria and KTM we can do it again.”

Next Event: Las Vegas, Nevada – May 7, 2016

450 Class Results

1. Ken Roczen

2. Eli Tomac

3. Cole Seely

4. Ryan Dungey – KTM

5. Justin Brayton – KTM

6. Jason Anderson

7. Marvin Musquin – KTM

8. Trey Canard

9. Chad Reed

10.Justin Bogle

11.Weston Peick

12.Blake Baggett

13.Broc Tickle

14.Mike Alessi

15.Justin Barcia

16.Josh Grant

17.Jake Weimer

18.Vince Friese

19.Benny Bloss

20.Nick Wey

21.Nick Schmidt

22.AJ Catanzaro

Championship Point Standings

1. Ryan Dungey – 366

2. Ken Roczen – 330

3. Jason Anderson – 293

4. Eli Tomac – 270

5. Chad Reed – 232

6. Marvin Musquin – 213

7. Cole Seely – 207

8. Justin Brayton – 186

9. Trey Canard – 183

10.Weston Peick – 125

Ryan Dungey Captures 31st Consecutive Podium Finish at Foxborough Supercross

Ryan Dungey Captures 31st Consecutive Podium Finish at Foxborough Supercross
Round 15 – 450SX Championship – April 23, 2016

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RyanDungey

FOXBOROUGH, Ma. – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Ryan Dungey earned his 31st consecutive podium finish on Saturday with a 3rd place at Round 15 of the AMA 450SX Championship in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

With rainfall throughout the night and into the morning, the track was uncharacteristically muddy for the timed qualifying sessions. Dungey prevailed through the unfavorable track conditions to earn the fastest time in qualifying aboard his KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition, while his teammate Marvin Musquin qualified in 12th on his KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition.

In 450SX Heat 1, Musquin captured the holeshot and ultimately finished 4th to transfer into the Main Event. In 450SX Heat 2, Dungey shot out to grab the holeshot but the race was Red Flagged due to riders hitting the starting gate. In the restart, it was Dungey who once again captured the holeshot and the early lead. After battling back-and-forth for the first few laps, Ken Roczen took over the lead and maintained it to the end, with Dungey in 2nd and BTOSports.com/KTM’s Justin Brayton in 3rd.

In the 450SX Main Event, Dungey grabbed his third holeshot of the day and assumed the early lead before engaging in a battle with Ken Roczen. Dungey and Roczen diced back-and-forth for the lead position in the early parts of the race but Roczen soon established his pace out front.

Dungey briefly dropped into the 4th place position before making a big charge to overtake the 3rd place position with a strong pass on Jason Anderson through the whoops. From there, Dungey pushed toward Tomac in 2nd but wasn’t able to catch him before the checkers flew.

“I struggled a little bit tonight but that’s racing,” Dungey said. “We knew it was a possibility to wrap up the championship tonight but it wasn’t the main goal – it would have been a bonus. We’re going to come back next weekend and give the fans a good show.”

Dungey now holds a 43-point lead over Roczen with two rounds remaining in the 450SX Championship.

Musquin ultimately finished 10th in the Main Event, where he now sits in 6th place in the Championship Standings.

Next Event: East Rutherford, New Jersey – April 30, 2016

450 Class Results

1.Ken Roczen
2.Eli Tomac
3.Ryan Dungey – KTM
4.Jason Anderson
5.Trey Canard
6.Justin Bogle
7.Cole Seely
8.Weston Peick
9.Chad Reed
10.Marvin Musquin – KTM
11.Josh Grant
12.Justin Brayton – KTM
13.Mike Alessi
14.Broc Tickle
15.Nick Wey
16.Vince Friese
17.Cade Clason
18.AJ Catanzaro
19.Justin Barcia
20.Alex Ray
21.Nick Schmidt
22.Jake Weimer

Championship Point Standings

1.Ryan Dungey – 348
2.Ken Roczen – 305
3.Jason Anderson – 278
4.Eli Tomac – 248
5.Chad Reed – 220
6.Marvin Musquin – 199
7.Cole Seely – 187
8.Trey Canard – 170
9.Justin Brayton – 170
10.Weston Peick – 115