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Dungey Wins US Motocross Championship
The Diesel Seals the Deal In Utah
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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Ryan Dungey, a man in a hurry, on Saturday sealed the 2015 US Pro MX title after the first moto of the penultimate round at Utah to add to the 2015 US Supercross title he won earlier in the year.
He went into the opening race knowing he only had to finish four points ahead of Justin Barcia and had a close encounter with rival Ken Roczen but won the race to claim the title with one moto and one round in hand.
With the championship in the bag after race one, Dungey then went out in style, successfully hunting down race leader Ken Roczen in the second race to go out in absolute style with a 1-1 overall in Utah. Dungey’s true championship status was perhaps best observed in his second moto when Roczen hit the front in the early stages and was quickly four seconds ahead of second placed Phil Nicoletti. Dungey then went on the attack, moved up to second and began eroding away the young German rider’s advantage. With around 10 minutes left in the moto, Dungey took the lead and went on to cross the line 8.8 seconds ahead of his rival.
Dungey has lifted his game in 2015 as his two titles clearly shows. He followed his winning Supercross season with a remarkable and very consistent outdoor season, taking six wins (Thunder Valley, Tennessee – then a streak of four winning rounds at Spring Creek, Washougal, Unadilla and Utah). He was second in Hangtown and High Point and took the podium third in Glen Helen. With only the Ironman In round left to contest to complete the season, Dungy has only been off the podium in the 11 round held so far.
Ryan Dungey: “It feels great to take home this title,” stated Dungey after the first moto. “The team and everyone surrounding me have helped me achieve this win. We had the best bike, the best team and my fitness is better than it’s ever been. This title is incredibly rewarding and I couldn’t have done it without everyone at Red Bull KTM.”
Talking to reporters after the race the KTM double champion also commented:“This is absolutely a dream come true, to be a champion. This is what you work so hard for but more than anything it takes a strong group around you, with the team, family, trainer and everything.” He added “This championship feels more special than the others because I feel like we put more into winning it this time around. We had a new bike and I had a new [training] program, and everything worked out to the best it could be. As much as I wanted to clinch the title today, I knew I had two motos ahead of me and didn’t want to get ahead of myself. I came here with every intention of winning both motos, no matter what the scenario was. I could have settled, sure, but I wanted to race to win and make sure I wrapped [the championship] up today.”