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Roczen Sweeps Both Motos at Hangtown to Earn First Career 450 Class Victory

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Rancho Cordova, CA – Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ken Roczen swept both motos at the Hangtown Classic, the second round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series. He was joined on the podium by his Red Bull KTM teammate, Ryan Dungey, who went 2-2 for the day.

It was red plate holder, Ryan Dungey, who nailed the holeshot at the start of moto one. He was followed quickly by Roczen who made the pass for the lead on the opening lap. The two teammates pulled away from the pack as the race continued. Roczen eventually crossed the line with a comfortable lead over Dungey to take his first career 450 class moto win. Dungey finished 8 seconds behind him in the runner-up spot.

“I felt really good in the first moto,” stated Roczen. “I had a great start and was able to put together a solid moto. Riding mistake-free was key and I was able to do that to take my first win.”

Both riders launched off the line to top five starts in the second moto with Roczen sitting 4th around the first corner while Dungey was in 5th. Approximately ten minutes into the moto, Roczen began to pressure Justin Barcia and Brett Metcalfe for the front two spots. Roczen quickly moved around Barcia on a downhill section into a right-hand corner to take 2nd place. He then began to reel in Metcalfe and made the pass stick about half a lap later. Once in the lead he never looked back and went on to take his second win of the day for a complete two-moto sweep.

Dungey followed in Roczen’s footsteps and made the critical passes on both Barcia and Metcalfe shortly after Roczen moved into the lead. He then began to trail his teammate for the rest of the moto but was unable to close the gap on Roczen. He rode a consistent pace to finish 2nd in the moto and 2nd overall for the day.

Now two rounds into the series, Roczen holds the points lead and will wear the red plate at the next round while Dungey is 5 points behind him in 2nd place.

Next Round: Thunder Valley – Lakewood, CO – June 7, 2014

Overall Results –

  1. Ken Roczen – 1-1 (KTM)
  2. Ryan Dungey – 2-2 (KTM)
  3. Trey Canard – 3-4
  4. James Stewart – 5-3
  5. Justin Barcia – 4-5
  6. Weston Peick – 8-6
  7. Jake Weimer – 7-8
  8. Brett Metcalfe – 6-9
  9. Malcolm Stewart – 10-7
  10. Chad Reed – 11-12
  11. Andrew Short – 14-10 (KTM)
  12. Fredrik Noren – 12-13 (KTM)
  13. Josh Grant – 9-39
  14. Sean Collier – 15-16 (KTM)
  15. Phil Nicoletti – 23-11
  16. Ben LaMay – 19-15
  17. Killy Rusk – 13-23
  18. Ivan Tedesco – 32-14
  19. Jimmy Albertson – 17-18
  20. PJ Larsen – 16-24 (KTM)

 

Overall Point Standings –

  1. Ken Roczen – 94
  2. Ryan Dungey – 89
  3. Trey Canard – 72

 

 

 

 

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