With less than 10 races in the book on this season’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross, it looks like it is going to be one hell of a year for Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey. The veteran rider has amassed an impressive list of wins and accomplishments already this season.
Among his highlights, his second-place finish in Arlington a few weeks ago in the 450SX Class made it his 25th podium finish in a row, with 18 of them being in the top two. He now has top five in 95 out of 107 career races, an amazing 89% rate, which is the best top five percentage ever. Dungey is also tied for 14th in the 250SX Class for most victories of all time. It is an impressive resume that shows what a great rider Dungey has been, and how consistent he has been over time.
Pushing Dungey along has been Ken Roczen, the winner at Arlington, just ahead of Dungey. Roczen rides for RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing and is having a great year as well, barely in the shadow of Dungey. With that win Roczen earned his sixth 450SX Class victory, making him 25th on the all-time win list. The head to head battle in Arlington between the two was an epic one. Roczen held a minuscule lead for most of the 20 lap race, only to be overtaken by Dungey in the final laps. The two pressed each other furiously and Roczen was able to pull it out in the end. Fans of the sport definitely got their money’s worth watching those two former teammates battle it out.
“At the end of the race we were pushing the pace,” said Dungey. “I made a pass for the lead, but Ken [Roczen] got me back exactly where I passed him. To leave with good points and finish second is something to be proud of.”
Competition moved on to the Eastern Regional Championship which began a few weeks back at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome on February 27. If the first part of the season was any indication the rest of this competition is going to be a very hotly contested series and we are likely to see even more records challenged. More fun for us watching this guys battle it out in the dirt and in the big air of Supercross.