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Dungey Crowned 450 Supercross Champion

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KTM’s First-Ever 450 Supercross Title

Houston, TX – Red Bull KTM Factory Team rider Ryan Dungey earned his seventh win of the season and the first-ever 450 Supercross title for his Red Bull KTM Team when he took the victory at the Houston Supercross, round fourteen of the Monster Energy Supercross Series, an FIM World Championship.

All eyes were on Dungey throughout the day as he has proven to be the man to beat in the championship series. He was placed in heat one where he earned a 2nd place start. He made an easy pass into the lead on lap two and went on to lead all remaining laps. He crossed the checkered flag to take the heat win and a top gate pick for the main event.

When the gate dropped for the main event, Dungey got pinched out on the start and came around the first corner outside the top ten. He wasted no time and quickly began making passes to move his Red Bull KTM forward through the pack. By the halfway point he had moved into 6th place. In the next laps, he put on a charge and rode aggressively through the pack to move into the podium position and up to 2nd place. Once in 2nd position, he maintained his pace and cruised across the finish line to earn the 450 Supercross Championship, the first-ever for the KTM brand.

“The team and I worked so hard to get to this point,” remarked Dungey on the podium. There are hardly words to explain how good this feels. There were a lot of ups and downs along the way, but my team stood behind me through it all and provided me the best bike. I am so excited for this championship but am looking forward to the next goal. We aren’t done yet.”

KTM CEO, Stefan Pierer, commented, “To win any World Championship is an outstanding success and is of immense importance for KTM. But the US Supercross title is very special and highlights our huge commitment in the worldwide motocross sport. With tenacity we made it to the top in this sport, which releases a vast amount of emotions. I would like to thank all those that have been involved and helped to push forward this extremely important project, and of course, I’d like to thank Ryan who has had a great season in 2015.”

KTM Motorsports Director, Pit Beirer, stated, “One of my personal dreams came true today. We started our Supercross race department completely from scratch in 2011, and what has been achieved in this very short time is outstanding. The key to everything, and I call it the best trip of my life, was my first meeting with Roger De Coster in the summer of 2010. Together with Roger we have formed the best and strongest team you can imagine. From there our worldwide race network has become stronger and it has been a 24-hour effort each day. With the full commitment of our R&D and Motorsports departments in Austria and the USA, we managed to create the best bike in a short time. However, we cannot perform without the best riders on our bike, which is why we are thankful to Ryan. He trusted us at a very early stage of the project. Ryan has set some major milestones for our company; first 450 SX win, first professional Motocross Championship title and now he has brought our final goal of the 450 Supercross title. I would like to say thank you “team” and thank you Ryan.”

Next Event: Santa Clara, CA – April 18, 2015

Overall Results –

  1. Cole Seely
  2. Ryan Dungey – KTM
  3. Eli Tomac
  4. Josh Grant
  5. Chad Reed
  6. Andrew Short – KTM
  7. Davi Millsaps
  8. Broc Tickle
  9. Justin Barcia
  10. Justin Brayton – KTM
  11. Blake Baggett
  12. Kyle Chisholm
  13. Nick Wey
  14. Mitchell Oldenburg
  15. Ben Lamay
  16. Jason Anderson
  17. Kyle Partridge
  18. Tevin Tapia
  19. Dustin Pipes
  20. Killy Rusk
  21. Nick Schmidt
  22. Weston Peick

 Overall Point Standings –

  1. Ryan Dungey – 318
  2. Eli Tomac – 236
  3. Cole Seely – 223

Hill Finishes 6th at Houston Supercross

Houston, TX – Red Bull KTM Factory rider Justin Hill finished 6th overall at the Houston Supercross which represented the seventh round of the West 250 Supercross Championship of the Monster Energy Supercross Series, an FIM World Championship.

Hill earned a top three start when the gate dropped for the first 250 SX heat. He quickly closed in on the 2nd place rider attempting an inside pass around a corner. Unfortunately, the two riders collided and they both went down. Hill quickly recovered and went on to move back into 2nd place. He finished in that position and easily transferred to the main event.

In the main event, Hill garnered a 6th place start. He went off the track on the opening lap and came back on in the back of the pack. On the third lap of the race he checked in at 14th position. From that place, he raced hard and was able to move into the top ten and up to 6th place by the moto end.

“I was really hoping to get on the podium tonight,” commented Hill after the race. “Unfortunately, I made a mistake early on that cost me. Hopefully, I can ride mistake-free at the next round and get back up where I belong.”

Next Event: Santa Clara, CA – April 18, 2015

 Overall Results –

  1. Cooper Webb
  2. Shane McElrath – KTM
  3. Malcolm Stewart
  4. Aaron Plessinger
  5. Alex Martin
  6. Justin Hill – KTM
  7. Zach Osborne
  8. Matt Bisceglia
  9. Chris Alldredge
  10. Tommy Hahn
  11. Josh Hansen
  12. Jackson Richardson
  13. Cole Martinez
  14. Scott Champion
  15. Trevor Reis
  16. Ryan Breece
  17. Johnny Jelderda
  18. Aaron Siminoe
  19. Rhett Urseth
  20. Chris Howell
  21. Tyler Bowers
  22. Austin Politelli

Overall Point Standings –

  1. Cooper Webb – 161
  2. Zach Osborne – 116
  3. Shane McElrath – 108
  4. Jessy Nelson – 106
  5. Tyler Bowers – 105
  6. Aaron Plessinger – 99
  7. Justin Hill – 94


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