Courtesy of KTM Racing
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Ryan Dungey earned his 31st consecutive
podium finish on Saturday with a 3rd place at Round 15 of the AMA 450SX
Championship in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
With rainfall throughout the night and into the morning, the track
was uncharacteristically muddy for the timed qualifying sessions. Ryan Dungey prevailed through the unfavorable track conditions to earn the fastest time in qualifying aboard his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION, while his teammate Marvin Musquin qualified in 12th.
In 450SX Heat 1, Musquin captured the holeshot and ultimately
finished 4th to transfer into the Main Event. In 450SX Heat 2, Dungey
shot out to grab the holeshot but the race was Red Flagged due to riders
hitting the starting gate. In the restart, it was Dungey who once again
captured the holeshot and the early lead. After battling back-and-forth
for the first few laps, Ken Roczen took over the lead and maintained it
to the end, with Dungey in 2nd and BTOSports.com KTM’s Justin Brayton in 3rd.
In the 450SX Main Event, Dungey grabbed his third holeshot of the day
and assumed the early lead before engaging in a battle with Ken Roczen.
Dungey and Roczen diced back-and-forth for the lead position in the
early parts of the race but Roczen soon established his pace out front.
Dungey briefly dropped into the 4th place position before making a
big charge to overtake the 3rd place position with a strong pass on
Jason Anderson through the whoops. From there, Dungey pushed toward
Tomac in 2nd but wasn’t able to catch him before the checkers flew.
“I struggled a little bit tonight but that’s racing,” Dungey said. “We
knew it was a possibility to wrap up the championship tonight but it
wasn’t the main goal – it would have been a bonus. We’re going to come
back next weekend and give the fans a good show.”
Dungey now holds a 43-point lead over Roczen with two rounds remaining in the 450SX Championship.
Musquin ultimately finished 10th in the Main Event, where he now sits in 6th place in the Championship Standings.
Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM’s Shane McElrath finishes a close fourth place in Foxborough
Shane McElrath rode a heart-felt race inside Gillette
Stadium as he battled with the front-runners to come across the
checkered flag just shy of a podium spot in fourth. Teammate Alex Frye
finished 19th after getting a start just outside the top 10.
After an off-season injury left him questionable to race at all, McElrath has shown flashes of incredible speed on his KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION
as he’s continued to work his way into race shape. In Foxborough, he
was battling with the leaders and despite some small mistakes, stayed
with the front pack until the end, where he finished just off the podium
“I didn’t have many expectations when I came into the season because of the injury,” said McElrath. “I
always want to be battling for the win, but wasn’t sure where I was
going to fit in at the start of the season. So I’m really happy that I’m
up there going after the win and podium spots.”
started the night with a solid heat race where he finished fourth. He
got a solid start in the main event, but had to overcome some
misfortune, eventually claiming 19th.
The Eastern Regional riders will stay in the Northeast for another
week as the team heads to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey
on April 30.
Next Race: April 30, 2016 – East Rutherford, NJ (USA)
Results 450SX Class Foxborough 2016
1. Ken Roczen (GER), Suzuki, 19:35.153 min (20 laps)
2. Eli Tomac (USA), Kawasaki, +9.022 sec
3. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM, +25.054
4. Jason Anderson (USA), Husqvarna, +29.422
5. Trey Canard (USA), Honda, +32.048
10. Marvin Musquin (FRA), KTM, 19 laps
12. Justin Brayton (USA), KTM, +16.451
Standings 450SX Class 2016 after 15 of 17 rounds
1. Dungey, 348 points
2. Roczen, 305
3. Anderson, 278
4. Tomac, 248
5. Chad Reed (USA), Yamaha, 220
6. Marvin Musquin (FRA), KTM, 199
9. Brayton, 170
14. David Millsaps (USA), KTM, 105
Results East 250SX Class Foxborough 2016
1. Martin Davalos (USA), Husqvarna, 15:11.488 min (15 laps)
2. Jeremy Martin (USA), Yamaha, +3.722 sec
3. Malcolm Stewart (USA), Honda, +7.720
4. Shane McElrath (USA), KTM, +9.136
5. Aaron Plessinger (USA), Yamaha, +10.156
13. Dakota Alix (USA), KTM, 14 laps, +28.461
19. Alex Frye (USA), KTM, 13 laps, +36.099
Standings East 250SX Class 2016 after 7 of 9 rounds
1. Stewart, 135 points
2. Plessinger, 130
3. Martin, 121
4. Davalos, 108
5. Tyler Bowers (USA), Kawasaki, 93
6. McElrath, 91
10. Justin Hill (USA), KTM, 63
13. Frye, 49
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