Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ken Roczen opened his bid for the 2013 title in the opening round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series in the 250MX class taking double moto victories at the Hangtown Motocross Classic race.
Red Bull KTM Factory riders Ryan Dungey and Marvin Musquin picked up valuable championship points in the 450SX Supercross and 250SX classes at the FIM championship on Saturday night in Houston’s Reliant Stadium to finish second and third in their respective main events.
Red Bull KTM Factory rider Marvin Musquin grabbed his third straight win at the Toronto Supercross after pulling the holeshot and leading every lap of the sixth round of the Monster Energy East 250SX Supercross Championship Series. Teammate Ryan Dungey continued his stream of consistent podium places with a third in the 450SX.
Red Bull KTM Factory riders Marvin Musquin and Ryan Dungey delivered great results in the SX 250 and 450 classes at the Daytona Raceway on Saturday night. Frenchman Musquin took his first 250SX Supercross career win at the fourth round of the East Coast Championship while Dungey was second on the 450 class podium in the tenth round.
Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey finished third overall in the 450SX class at the Cowboy Stadium on Saturday night while teammate Marvin Musquin recovered from a first round crash to finish sixth in his East Coast 250 class opener in front of a packed crowd for the seventh round of the AMA Supercross Series.
Red Bull/KTM Factory riders Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen made it a night to remember for the team in Seattle Washington with Musquin taking second in the SX Lites West Coast and Roczen doubling the fun in the Supercross division riding the KTM 350 SX-F.
Red Bull KTM rider Marvin Musquin pulled off another top 10 position in his final Supercross race on the 350 SX-F for the season when he finished seventh in Indianapolis on Saturday night. Meanwhile factory teammate Ken Roczen crashed out while in the lead of a restarted SX Lites race and eventually finished in nineteenth place.
So, was it me, or was this year's Daytona absolutely spectacular. I mean more so than usual. There were easily a dozen or more super intense moments that had me on the edge of my seat, or standing, shouting at the television. I could talk endlessly about it, but really I shouldn't, so I've pared it down to my own personal list of 5 awesome things I saw, from my couch, from Daytona.
5 - Marvin Musquin breaks the top 5 on his 350 SX.
It wasn't until Dungey took home his first win of the season that KTM got a win on the SX450, but no one's had much luck on the 350. A lot of people site the problems of being 100 ccs down as a major disadvantage, but I guess Musquin didn't get the memo. The Lites West rider had an amazing ride, qualifying fifth gate pick for the main before ending up fourth.
I'm glad to see more of the west riders trying their hands out in the big bike class, and receiving some level of success too. Cole Seely, who came out and made a statement in the Lites class in Anaheim, has been tearing it up too.
4 - Seeing not one, but TWO 2-strokes make the night events.
I'm a two stroke fan, but like most I have come to accept that in the world of moto and supercross, two strokes just can't compete with their four stroke cousins. Or can they? Two riders line up on 2-strokes last night; one YZ125 and the other aboard a YZ250. Both two strokes succumbed to the mud, but Renner, the pilot of the 125, was in a transfer spot when his bike gave out. It was pretty awesome to hear that YZinger screaming in the mud and much.
Bonus points: I got a reply from Tim Ferry himself, one of my favourite riders, when I commented that one of his tweets about 2 strokes broke my 2 stroke loving heart. It's always cool when someone famous like that replies to your tweets.
3 - Having Reed up in the booth with Fro, Goat and Sheheen.
I like Reed, and I've grown to like him more as the years go on and he matures. He's got great style, on and off the bike, and has come a long way from being all the things young, talented riders tend to be. I'm am happy to see that he has grown into a very respectful, well spoken team front man. He's gone from being a role model based solely on his talents, to being someone riders of all ages can look up to for the way he carries himself, on and off the track, and the way he takes new challenges on with, what from the outside at least, looks like a wry smirk and a positive attitude.
He was filled with insightful comments and a few good one liners at the expense of his hosts. While I'd be happier watching him race, I do hope that they invite him back into the booth.
2 - Bam Bam gets to keep his perfect record, but not without some challenging from Baggett.
Justin Barcia got to keep his unmarred record, but not without some serious challenging from Blake Baggett. The mean, green machine came through the mud to challenge the red rider when pretty much everyone, except Baggett, had accepted that Barcia just might walk away with a 4th victory.
In the end, Barcia did get a 4th victory, but it wasn't without some hard work. He had a comfortable lead at one point,
1 - Kevin Windham. He's the man.
He won his first heat race of the season in the muck and got his first podium of the year in the mud. Race #202 was pretty good to Mister Kevin Windham, not that it was a surprise. Even the commentators were talking about it. Going into the day everyone knew Windham would have a good night. He's a class act on the podium and on camera, and his riding style is just amazing. He's a big, tall guy and man can he ride the mud, and watching him ride through the puddles towards his first heat race win of the year was like "poetry in motion."
An honourable mention: Cole Thompson
The kid from Canada is getting a lot of press down south these days, some of which is coming from fellow ex-pat Steve Matthes in the way of a RacerX.com Privateer Profile. I've got to say I am incredibly proud of Thompson for representing in the US. It seems every week he's getting better. In Daytona he broke into the top ten with a 9th place finish, improving on a 13th place finish in St. Louis and tying his best finish so far from Arlington.
I'm looking forward to getting to see this fast Canuck race on home turf. Nothing beats the roar of the Roger's Centre at the Toronto when a Canadian is racing.
Oakland, Jan 28, 2012 – Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey put in another great showing in Round 4 of the AMA Supercross on Saturday night to finish in fourth place to maintain his top finishes and hold onto the red number plate. Factory teammate Marvin Musquin also excelled in the Lites class to be on the podium in second.