In front of a packed crowd for the 4th of July race weekend, Ken Roczen gets his first moto win en route to a 2nd Overall at the Redbud National.
Ken Roczen got a good jump in Moto 1, but a down rider in turn two would briefly hold him up, keeping him just outside the top 10. By the end of lap one, he had worked his way into the top 5 with his eyes set on the leaders. He continued his charge, moving into second behind Eli Tomac. It appeared he would cruise to a 2nd place finish, but with just three laps remaining, his persistence would pay off. A mechanical issue for Tomac would hand the lead over to Ken, and he would capture his first victory since his hand injury in Supercross.
Moto 2 would see Ken get out to a good start; he would end up running at the front of the pack for the entire moto. His pace was the best it has been all year, battling with Marvin Musquin for the lead for most of the moto. Ken would eventually settle into a nice pace, holding 2nd place into the late stages of the moto. On the last lap, he would come under fire from Justin Barcia. Barcia would make a tough pass on Ken with just a few turns to the finish, pushing #94 back to 3rd, and netting him a 2nd overall on the day.
The Monster Kawasaki Pro Circuit team would come into the weekend fielding 3 riders: Austin Forkner, Joey Savatgy, and the returning Garrett Marchbanks - back from a knee injury suffered this year.
Austin Forkner and Joey Savatgy got out to good starts in Moto 1, running in the top 5 early. Austin would quickly push his way to 2nd running just behind Aaron Plessinger, and a battle between the two would ensue. Austin would eventually take the lead, but it would be short-lived. Aaron, looking to take the lead back, took the inside while Austin went to the outside. The two lines would come together, the riders collided, and Austin would go down. He was shaken up and took a while to remount. Plessinger would go on to take the win. Savatgy had a great moto going until a crash pushed him back to a 17th place finish. Marchbanks would put in a consistent ride finishing 6th.
Moto 2 would see Austin and Joey get out to good starts - Austin running in the top 3 for much of the moto. Austin would battle with Alex Martin over 2nd place for a good portion of the race. A good pass would see him take 2nd and hold it to the finish. Joey would put in a good ride finishing 5th in Moto 2. Austin would end the day with a 7th overall, Joey and Garrett would end the day out of the top 10.
Now we take one week off before continuing, July 21st for the Spring Creek National in Millville, MN.
LO-FI Limited Edition takes us back to 1986. Back to the days of big hair, synthesizers, and early downhill mountain bike racing. True to the 80’s, the Demo and Indicator LO-FI Jerseys take an anything-but-minimal approach to styling. The pop-colored pastels and retro graphics are a blast from the past and will keep you looking rad on the mountain.
Loris Vergier will be wearing this flashback jersey at the 5th stop of the 2018 UCI Downhill World Cup series, in Andorra. The rest of the Fox MTB squad will be rocking slightly different versions of the 80’s-inspired graphic package, giving them a unique look on the legendary course.
Born into a family of racers, from early on it was clear that Ryan Dungey was something special. Fast forward through two decades, and having already notched up first place wins at the Supercross Lites Championship and the 250 Motocross Championship in 2009, the 2010 racing season proved to be a particularly memorable one for the American rider. Ryan started the season by showing that he belonged with the big boys in supercross. By the time the North American series was finished, he was crowned 2010 Supercross Champion.
But Ryan didn’t stop there – demonstrating his abilities as inarguably the best all-around motocross racer in the world, that same year he blitzed the competition in the AMA Motocross Championship and took the title. He thus finished the season as a history-maker, coming away as the first rookie in history to win both the premier Supercross and National Motocross titles in his inaugural season. To cap off the year, Dungey led Team USA to victory in the prestigious Motocross of Nations event, held on American soil in 2010 in Colorado.
By 2012, Ryan had joined the KTM family, bringing the team its first ever win in the AMA Motocross series. He finished his Supercross season in third place, despite a collarbone break that required surgery. At the 2013 AMA SX season finale in Las Vegas, Ryan finished second place, bringing his overall season points to 337 and a third place overall finish.
In 2014, Dungey kept his momentum, taking overall second places at both the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship 450 and the 2014 AMA Monster Energy Supercross Series, not to mention first place at Red Bull Unadilla National. With yet another stellar start in 2015, Ryan has demonstrated that commitment, hard work and sacrifice really do pay off with another AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross championship now under his belt.
Dungey, with back to back championships in the 2015 season, charged full steam ahead into the 2016 Supercross season energized with confidence. Ryan dominated the 2016 Supercross series winning 9 rounds that year. The 2016 Pro Motocross Championship opening round started off well for Ryan at Hangtown where he posted a 2nd place finish over-all. The very next round at Glen Helen, Ryan took home the victory and celebrated his 39th over-all win in the Motocross 450 Class. Round three in Colorado, Ryan finished with a 2-4 moto tally placing second over-all on the day. Ryan, at that race suffered a crash during the 2nd moto ending his chances of repeating his Championship in the 2016 Pro Motocross Championship. Even though the season was over, Ryan received top honors at the 2016 ESPY Award for Best Male Action Sports Athlete.
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