HOUSTON, Texas – Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey finished 2nd overall in the 450SX Supercross class at the Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM Championship, held at Reliant Stadium.
Ryan Dungey was placed in the second 450SX Supercross heat where he had the first gate pick. He had a good jump out of the gate but was pinched off in the first corner and came around mid-pack. In the second corner, he came together with Andrew Short, and luckily, pulled off a good save to keep from dropping the bike as they accelerated out of the corner. From there, he quickly set to work to pick off riders. By the third lap he had passed up to 7th when the race was red flagged due to a rider injury.
Once the rider was safely escorted off the track, the race was resumed in a staggered start format. On the restart, Dungey quickly reeled in the two riders in front of him to move into 5th. Two laps later he had caught Matt Goerke and made the pass to 4th position where he finished the heat.
In the main event, Dungey was able to pull off a 5th place start as the riders rounded the first corner. He made a few passes early in the race to move up to 3rd immediately behind the 2nd place ride of Trey Canard. Around the halfway point in the race he reeled in Canard and was able to make an inside pass to move into 2nd place. In the remaining laps he was able to make up some time on the lead ride of Ryan Villopoto on the KTM 450 SX-F but was unable to get close enough to challenge for the win. He eventually finished in 2nd position to earn another podium finish.
“I definitely needed a better start tonight. We are all so close in lap times that if you don’t get the best start, the leaders pull away quickly. I was able to get into 2nd place but didn’t leave myself enough time to catch Ryan (Villopoto). Overall, I am happy to be on the podium and very happy with my bike and hope to continue to improve at the next round,” commented Dungey.
Next Round: April 13, 2013 – Minneapolis, MN
Results 450SX Class Houston
1. Ryan Villopoto (USA), Kawasaki, 17:43.579 min (20 laps)
2. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM, +5.472 sec
3. Trey Canard (USA), Honda, +14.357
4. Justin Barcia (USA), Honda, +17.712
5. David Millsaps (USA), Suzuki, +19.897
7. Andrew Short (USA), KTM, +49.250
11. Matthew Goerke (USA), KTM, +8.848
14. Les Smith (USA), KTM, +35.820
Standings 450SX Class after 13 of 17 rounds
1. Villopoto, 277 points
2. Millsaps, 256
3. Dungey, 252
4. Barcia, 202
5. Chad Reed (USA), Honda, 196
8. Short, 162
11. Goerke, 129
25. Smith, 26