DUNGEY CONTINUES HIS CHAMPIONSHIP QUEST WITH 2ND PLACE AT SALT LAKE CITY SX

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DUNGEY CONTINUES HIS CHAMPIONSHIP QUEST WITH 2ND PLACE AT SALT LAKE CITY SX

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team’s Ryan Dungey continued his quest for a third-straight 450SX Championship with a commendable 2nd place finish at Round 15 of the AMA Supercross Championship on Saturday. His teammate, Marvin Musquin, finished just off the podium in 4th after climbing his way up from a back-of-the-pack start. Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM riders went 1-2 in the 250SX West division as Shane McElrath captured his third victory of the season, with teammate Mitchell Oldenburg close behind in 2nd.

Ryan Dungey Podium

While Dungey now sits three points behind Eli Tomac in the 450SX Championship Standings, the Reigning Supercross Champion showed great speed and composure throughout Saturday’s Main Event as he led 18 of the 27 laps. Dungey topped Tomac in the earlier heat race and the duo continued the close racing through the rest of the evening.

Marvin Musquin Action

Musquin admittedly struggled with his starts all day, beginning with the heat race and carrying into the evening’s Main Event. The two-time 450SX race-winner salvaged a bad start in the heat race to ultimately finish in 4th, giving him a mid-pack gate choice heading into the Main Event.

Supercross Salt Lake City Podium 2017

450SX Main Event

Just shy of grabbing the holeshot, Dungey powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into the lead early on. Tomac challenged Dungey for the lead spot just after the halfway point and eventually made the pass on lap 19. Dungey continued to charge ahead but after 27 laps it was Tomac who came out ahead, with Dungey locking in a close 2nd place finish.

Dungey: “At the beginning I was really good [through the whoops] but all day it was tough. In the beginning I found a good line but that line started to go so I switched and started jumping but I think that was a no-no. Eli was riding really good through the whoops so that chunk of the track he was gaining on me tremendously – I felt him coming pretty quick.”

With two rounds remaining in the season, Dungey sits three points behind Tomac in the Championship Standings.

Musquin was forced to play catch-up from the beginning as he entered the first turn in the back of the pack. The Frenchman steadily climbed his way through the pack to position himself inside the top five after 20 laps and he continued to push in the final laps to ultimately finish 4th place in the Main Event.

Musquin: “I was struggling with my starts in the heat race and in the Main Event. I had a really bad start in the Main and it put me in a really bad position but we put our head down and came back to 4th place, which is good on a track like that. With the conditions that aren’t my favorite, hard-packed and slippery, I was able to make some good passes and showed good speed so I’m happy with my riding.”

Next Event: Round 16 – East Rutherford, New Jersey – April 29, 2017

Mcelrath Finish

450SX Main Event Results

  1. Eli Tomac
  2. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
  3. Jason Anderson
  4. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
  5. Josh Grant

OTHER KTM

  1. Davi Millsaps (KTM)
  2. Blake Baggett (KTM)

450SX Championship Standings

  1. Eli Tomac (319)
  2. Ryan Dungey (316)
  3. Marvin Musquin (270)
  4. Jason Anderson (228)
  5. Cole Seely (211)

250SX West Main Event Results

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

250SX West Championship Standings

  1. Justin Hill (180)
  2. Shane McElrath (154)
  3. Aaron Plessinger (143)
  4. Martin Davalos (142)
  5. Jimmy Decotis (122)

OTHER KTM

  1. Mitchell Oldenburg (60)

Oldenburg Action

*KTM Press Release 04/23/17


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