What a season it has been for KTM. Unadilla topped it all off in a huge way. Ryan Dungey wins both motos and secures the AMA motocross championship. Ken Roczen gets his first moto win, finally! Then Marvin Musquin goes on to the overall 250 class win for the day, again another first for him too.
As for Dungey, I am just so impressed with how he has ridden this year. Every single race it has been the same rider who shows up. Ryan is the epitome of patience and determination. There have been days when he clearly was not the fastest rider on the track. Early in the year his bike looked pretty bad, particularly in Texas, the KTM 450sxf wandered around like a bucking bronco.
Ryan had to start the year with a new bike and team. If you listen to some reports, the all new motorcycle has gone through a number of evolutions during the race season. On top of that, a very fast James Stewart came into the first handful of races with a domination that seemed unstoppable. This was going to be a Bubba romp. He won the first six(?) motos. Dungey’s season was looking rough. But James, the fastest man on the planet, once again showed that he is not always the best on race day.
As for Dungey, he never lost his focus and drive. Not matter how things looked coming to the start line, he always found his way to the front. Not once did he make a major mistake or leave points on the table. He always acts like the journeyman who is just there to complete a job, never the rockstar. Thanks to Ryan, Roger and the entire KTM team, it has been a joy to watch the action this year.
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Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey made history for KTM as he went 1-1 at Unadilla Raceway to take the overall victory and the crown as the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro 450 Motocross Champion. And to make it a perfect Orange weekend for the US factory team French rider Marvin Musquin claimed his first ever overall 250 win on USA soil and German teammate Ken Roczen finished third overall after winning the first moto.
Dungey started fifth in the first moto and stopped hearts in the pits when he in crashed in the first lap that dropped him back to eleventh place. In typical Dungey style he was back on his KTM 450 SX-F in an instant and began to pick off riders to put himself in the lead when the two-lap board went out. When the checkered flag flew, Dungey crossed the finish line to take the first moto victory.
Fans then lined the fence for the start of moto two in anticipation of watching Dungey make history for KTM if he took the win in the second moto to claim KTM’s first 450 Motocross Championship. Dungey launched off at fourth when the drop of the gate and was in third at the fourth corner. Moments later he had assumed the lead and never looked back. He dominated the remainder of race in his now copybook style and went on to lead the remaining laps to claim the overall and his first championship for the Austrian brand and sports bike specialist.
“It has been an amazing year with the Red Bull KTM Team,” remarked Dungey on the podium. “I am so happy to clinch this championship and so grateful to every member of the Red Bull KTM Team and my family that have helped me get here today. When I joined the KTM team last October, Roger (DeCoster – team manager) told me that we would be championship contenders and I believed him. It has come true today.”
Red Bull KTM Factory Team Manager Roger DeCoster was elated with Dungey’s victory, stating, “The team and Ryan have worked so hard this season. We have seen him have success in Supercross and then suffer an injury only to come back stronger. This is a great moment for the team, for KTM and for Ryan. We are very proud of him and look forward to running the number one plate at the final two races.”
Musquin takes his first overall win on US soil
Red Bull KTM’s two European riders, Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen then added even more excitement to the team’s excitement when Musquin, with a 2-3 moto result took his first overall win on US soil in the 250 class while teammate Roczen finished with him on the podium in third place after taking the checkered flag in the first race of the day.
Musquin and Roczen both started the day well turning the top two fastest lap times in morning qualifying. Then in the first moto, they started up front at 1-2 with Roczen in the lead where they dominated the front right through to the flag drop. Roczen claimed his first career victory while Musquin finished second.
“I am really excited to take a win at Unadilla,” remarked Roczen. “I have been working really hard and been so close so many times this season. It is a great feeling to have it pay off and to also celebrate with my teammate up here.”
In moto two, it was Musquin with a top five start while Roczen sat in tenth place in the first corner. Musquin quickly climbed into third position where he would remain for the moto. Roczen fought his way through the pack and eventually finished in sixth. Musquin’s 2-3 results were enough to put him on the top step of the podium while Roczen took the minor podium place.
“I was very nervous on the last lap,” stated Musquin. “I knew if I finished inside the top three I would get the overall and it was a very exciting last lap. I was so happy when I crossed the finish line. I would really like to thank the whole team, especially my mechanic, Frankie, for all of their hard work. It is a great feeling to get the overall on the same weekend Ryan Dungey claimed his championship. We have a lot to celebrate as a team today and I am glad to be a part of it.”