Red Bull KTM Factory riders Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen finished with a 4-6 result at the fourth round of the Monster Energy Supercross Series 450 class at Oakland Coliseum on Saturday night. They are now ranked 3-4 in the standings but share 75 points – just nine points off the leader.
Meanwhile Jason Anderson also took another win in the 250-class West Coast Championship with his Rockstar KTM machine. Red Bull KTM 250 team rookie Dean Ferris of Australia continued his learning year with a tenth place. Ferris has picked up points in all four rounds so far.
Roczen got a great jump in the first heat and was third at the first corner. He battled with Ivan Tedesco for the first lap before moving around him into second, which he carried to the line for an easy qualification.
Dungey raced the second 450 SX heat. He got away well at fourth place and fought with Wil Hahn for third throughout the race. He eventually had to settle for fourth to transfer to the main event.
Dungey and Roczen were in sixth and ninth place when the gate dropped for the 450 SX main event. By the fourth lap, Dungey had moved up to fourth and Roczen was seventh. Dungey then went into battle with James Stewart to hang onto fourth and the two riders made several contacts. Stewart then made the pass before both he and Dungey got past Brayton.
Roczen inherited sixth place after Justin Barcia crashed and started to hunt down Brayton. He made his move with two laps to go but a small mistake by the German rider allowed Brayton back in. Up front, Dungey was closing in on Chad Reed for third on the final lap but ran out of time and had to settle for fourth place.
“Of course, I would have liked to finish on the podium,” remarked Dungey. “The top three were riding really good tonight, and unfortunately, I wasn’t able to move up. I am looking forward to the next Anaheim race and hope to get closer to getting a win.”
Anderson consolidates lead in West Coast 250s; Ferris learns
Jason Anderson had another good night out on his Rockstar KTM and picked up his third victory from four rounds while Oakland continued to be a learning experience for Red Bull KTM Factory Team rookie Dean Ferris.
Ferris got off to a decent start in the second 250 SX heat race where he rounded the first corner in fourth. He dropped some positions during the six- lap race but finished seventh to transfer to the main event.
In the main event, Ferris launched off the line in ninth only to engage in a tussle with Jake Canada for the spot for the entire race. He hung onto Canada right through to the final lap but then made a mistake in a rhythm section and Canada slipped past. Ferris was tenth at the flag.
KTM is currently leading the Manufacturer’s standings in the 250-class and is second in the 450s.
Next Event: Anaheim 3; Oakland, CA – February 1, 2014
1, Ryan Villopoto, Kawasaki, 25
2, James Stewart, Suzuki, 22
3, Chad Reed, Kawasaki, 20
4, Ryan Dungey, KTM, 18
5, Justin Brayton, Yamaha, 16
6. Ken Roczen, KTM 15
10, Andrew Short, KTM 11
12. Ivan Tedesco, KTM 9
16, Matthew Goerke, KTM, 5
450 SX Championship Points after Rd. 4
1, Villopoto, 84
2, Reed, 77
3, Roczen, KTM 75
4, Dungey, 75
5, Brayton, 571
8, Short, 49
12, Tedesco, 22
19, Goerke 17
Manufacturer’s points after Rd. 4
1, Kawasaki 98
2, KTM 83
3, Suzuki 75
250SX West Class
1, Jason Anderson, KTM, 25 points
2, Dean Wilson, Kawasaki, 22
3, Justin Hill, Kawasaki, 20
4, Cole Seely, Honda 18
5, Zach Osborne, Honda 16
10, Dean Ferris, Australia, 11
Championship Points after Rd. 4
1, Anderson 93
2, Seely 87
3, Wilson 72
4, Osborne 69
5, Webb 65
10, Ferris, 42
Manufacturers Standings after Rd. 4 of 250s
1, KTM 93
2, Honda, 87
3, Kawasaki 74