Ryan Dungey Wins Motocross Season Opener at Glen Helen
With an impressive showing at Glen Helen Raceway on the opening weekend of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship season, Ryan Dungey sits atop the early ratings. After finishing third in the first 450cc moto, Dungey made a thrilling pass on Ken Roczen just a few turns from the finish in moto two, helping to secure the overall win over a stacked field.
After posting the fastest qualifying time, Dungey struggled in moto one, dropping to fourth from the start. He ended up finishing third and was content with the result.
Dungey had a near holeshot to start moto two, but was narrowly beaten around the Talladega turn by Roczen. After navigating the lapped riders midway through the race, moto two and the overall event title became a clear two-man race. Dungey stayed close on Roczen, but the German rider did everything he could to keep the two-time 450cc motocross world champ at bay.
With just a few laps remaining, Dungey put on the pressure, riding side by side with Roczen as they climbed to the top of Mount St. Helens. Roczen gained a bit of breathing room just before the two-lap board was shown to the field, and it appeared the race may have been decided, but Dungey mounted a challenge on the last lap. The pair exchanged the lead before Dungey took an inside line just three turns from the finish and took the moto and overall win.
“From the gate drop all the way to the end, we were pushing each other,” Dungey told Off-Road.com. “Ken came out of the gate pretty strong, you know, so I tried to maintain that. But, like five laps to go there, I tried to make a move and some lappers got in the way, and I didn’t think I was going to get back to him that last lap. I just pushed everything I had. I didn’t throw it all in there, but I definitely took a little bit of a chance, and it worked out. So, 3-1 on the day, I can’t thank the whole team enough. It was an awesome start to the season, but we’ll keep thing rolling. This track is nasty, but it was good to be back to Glen Helen, back to the roots.”