It was a night to remember for Factory KTM as the orange team swept both classes in Anaheim during Round 5 of the 2013 Monster Energy Supercross series. The third and final stop at Angel Stadium brought fans to their feet with many surprises, but once all was said and done KTM had swept both main events with Ken Roczen scoring his second consecutive victory in 250 SX and Ryan Dungey earning his first win of 2013 in 450 SX.
Dungey started the night off in a bad situation when his works air shock failed in the heat race, resulting in a DNF. While on the starting gate the shock began to slowly lose air, a problem the KTM squad thought they had fixed in earlier testing and development. The DNF landed Dungey and his KTM 450 SX-F a spot in the LCQ. After a crash in the beginning stages of the race got the best of him, he put on a charge to make a pass for the final transfer spot with about a half a lap to go.
“I’ve never come out of the LCQ to go on and win a main event,” explained Dungey. I’ve ridden the LCQ before but never to go on and win after. Usually, if you end up in the LCQ something isn’t right and things aren’t working. The shock was losing air every time I revved the bike. It’s new technology that still needs to be worked with more but at the same time, things could have been much worse.”
In the main, Dungey quickly got to the front and never looked back. A pile-up in Turn 2, once again caused by Chad Reed, gave Dungey some breathing room from the beginning, allowing him to lead the entire 20-lap 450 main event. The win put Dungey in second-place in the 450 points battle, 14 behind leader Davi Milsaps.
“It’s only Round 5 and it already feels like it’s been a long season,” said the KTM ace. “After all the problems we had tonight, the shock, doing down in the LCQ, this win means a lot to us and is going to be one we remember for a long time. We have a lot more races and this was a huge step for the team.”
450 class championship points leader Davi Milsaps had a solid night, scoring another second-place finish after an intense battle with Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart. The Rockstar Racing Suzuki rider’s consistency helped him stretch out his points lead over the rest of the field.
“I’m trying to be as consistent as I possibly can, that is key,” explained Milsaps. “I got a terrible start but somehow came around the first corner in a good position. The big pile up in the third corner definitely played to my advantage as well. I had a good battle with James, but he obviously has a hurt knee and was doing what he could.”
After two bad weekends resulting in crashes and DNF’s, Muscle Milk Honda pilot Justin Barcia scored a solid third-place finish at Anaheim 3. The CRF450 mount ended his bad luck streak and even surprised himself with the finish, having not ridden much while recovering from wrecks two weekends in a row. After two successful races to open the season, including a win at Round 2 in Phoenix followed by two DNF finishes, the rookie of the 450 class still manages to hold down seventh-place in the standings.
James Stewart (7) had a solid night in Anaheim finishing fourth after a battle with Justin Barcia (51) who ended up third. Another Chad Reed-started pile up and a tangle with Alessi got the best of Ryan Villopoto (1) and he would eventually end up with an eighth place finish.
Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart maintained podium position for most of the 450 main event, but dropped off the pace in the final laps and had to settle for fourth, obviously still struggling from the knee injury he suffered at the opening round.
“In the main event I got off to a bad start,” said the RM-Z450 pilot.” “I made my way up and ran second which was awesome because it just felt good to be up there. Dungey got away a little bit and he was obviously riding really good. This is a building block for me and the team compared to what happened the last couple of weeks. I’m not stoked but I am really happy we actually finished a race and got some good points from that fourth place.”
Reigning 450 Supercross champion Ryan Villopoto didn’t have the night he wanted, especially considering his domination of the previous two rounds. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider ended his win streak and finished outside the top-five in the main after falling victim to Chad Reed’s signature pile-up. RV had moved into the top-three in points after his victory last weekend in Oakland, but an eighth-place finish on Saturday night moved him back down to fourth, two points adrift of third-placed rider, Trey Canard.
Ken Roczen proved he has more than just one win in his bag of tricks for the 2013 season. The KTM rider scored his second consecutive victory over Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos and Geico Honda mount Eli Tomac.
“It is so great to get up here and have my hard work finally pay off,” commented Roczen. “My team and I have been working really hard this year to put our KTM’s up front and in the championship hunt and I feel like we are in a good position. I can’t wait
Second place finisher Martin Davalos (left) and winner Ken Roczen (right) celebrate after the 250 main event. Eli Tomac had some struggles off the gate in the main event which led to a bad start landing him with a third place finish on the night.
for the next race.”
As the gate dropped it was none other than JDR/J-Star’s Joey Savatgy who grabbed the holeshot. The KTM rider didn’t stay up front for long before Roczen got by and began to pull away. Meanwhile, Davalos trailed behind Roczen giving close chase the entire race but was never able to put himself in striking distance. The KX250F mounted rider would go on to finish second, scoring valuable championship points.
After a bad weekend in Oakland, scoring zero points, Tomac battled his way through the pack and at times had difficulty getting past riders, including holeshot winner Savatgy as well as Troy Lee Designs’ Cole Seeley. Tomac would eventually capitalize on other riders’ mistakes to make passes and round out the third and final spot on the podium.
“I actually flinched on the gate and that cost me, explained the Colorado rider.” “Me and Seeley were battling and after I got by I realized the two front-runners were gone and too far away to catch.”
Don’t forgot to check out Monster Energy Supercross racing this weekend as it heads to its final California stop in San Diego. If you are a Southern California resident, this is your final chance to check out the action in person. For those not attending, the race can be seen live on Speed Saturday February 9, 2013 at 10:30 PM (EST).