Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen scored his first professional 450 class National round win at Hangtown with a 1-1 result. His teammate, Ryan Dungey, finished second overall going 2-2 followed by Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard, who went 3-4 at the northern California track.
Dungey and Roczen flew ahead of the pack toward the first corner, settling into the one and two positions early. Canard trailed in third on the opening lap while Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Brett Metcalfe settled into fourth ahead of Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart.
Rozcen got past his teammate early on and never looked back, leaving the field over eight seconds behind by the finish. Dungey also ran a solitary race as Canard trailed the 2012 Nationals champion by nearly 20 seconds at the checkers.
Behind the front runners, positions traded hands among Stewart, Metcalfe and Canard’s teammate, Justin Barcia. Metcalfe lost fourth to Stewart about 10 minutes into the moto and Barcia followed soon after. Bam Bam then dispatched Stewart in short order and spent the rest of the moto trying to reel in Canard. Barcia was ultimately unable to catch his teammate and finished in fourth-place.
Stewart appeared uneasy on his machine in the opening laps, jostling around like a rag-doll at times, but held on to take fifth-place. Metcalfe finished in sixth trailed by his teammate, Jake Weimer, in seventh. Late in the moto, RCH Racing’s Weston Peick staged a charge from outside the top-10, leaving JGRMX’s Josh Grant and Two Two Motorsports’ Chad Reed behind him to finish in eighth. Grant held on to ninth-place while Reed lost a spot late in the contest to Troy Lee Designs’ Malcolm Stewart, who grabbed the final spot on the top-10.
Roczen and Dungey went one and two in Moto 2 but were followed this time by Stewart, who found his groove during the final contest at Hangtown to finish third.
Moto 1 appeared subdued compared to the opening laps of Moto 2 where Kawasaki made a push for the front with Metcalfe and Weimer running out to the head of the pack off the start. Metcalfe bested his teammate in the first turns and secured a solid lead during the initial laps. Weimer tried to hang on in second but Barcia, Roczen and Dungey were pinned and each made his way past the Kawasaki ace in quick succession.
Metcalfe proved to be a more difficult adversary and despite Barcia’s fevered attempts to get to the lead, the Kawasaki rider maintained his position out front. For the first 10 minutes of the moto that is. While Barcia was looking for any way possible route past Metcalfe, Roczen was closing in fast and a third of the way into the moto the German rider made a spectacular move entering a deeply rutted right-hander to close off Bam Bam’s line and take over the runner-up spot. Roczen was blazing at this point and soon after shot ahead of Metcalfe as well.
Dungey, who had been biding his time back in fourth, made his moves up the ranks after Roczen’s push, jumping from fourth to second mid-way through the race. Barcia dropped back to fourth at this point behind Metcalfe, but rallied back to pass the Kawasaki rider for third.
Behind, Stewart was gaining steam and had Metcalfe in his sights. In the final minutes Bubba made the move to fourth and charged past Barcia as well for third.
Barcia’s woes didn’t end there, as Canard was on the hunt. The Oklahoma native gave notice to Metcalfe with an aggressive move into a deep left-hander, which saw Canard dive in fast and abruptly cut off Metcalfe’s line, sending the Kawasaki rider off the bike for a moment. Canard throttled past and closed in on Barcia, making the pass on his teammate in the final laps for fourth. The Honda ace then pinned the throttle and nearly caught Stewart as well, cutting a multi-second gap down to almost nothing as they approached the finish line.
Barcia took fifth in Moto 2 ahead of Peick in sixth. Malcolm Stewart ended in seventh ahead of Weimer in eighth, while Metcalfe mitigated his descent down the ranks to finish inside the top-10 in ninth.
Roczen takes over the 450 class points lead followed by Dungey in second. Canard sits third with Stewart trailing in fourth and Metcalfe in fifth.
Hangtown 450 Motocross Overall Results 2014
1. Ken Roczen (KTM) 1-1
2. Ryan Dungey (KTM) 2-2
3. Trey Canard (Honda) 3-4
4. James Stewart (Suzuki) 5-3
5. Justin Barcia (Honda) 4-5
6. Weston Peick (Suzuki) 8-6
7. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki) 7-8
8. Brett Metcalfe (Kawasaki) 6-9
9. Malcolm Stewart (Honda) 10-7
10. Chad Reed (Kawasaki) 11-12
11. Andrew Short (KTM) 14-10
12. Fredrik Noren (KTM) 12-13
13. Josh Grant (Yamaha) 9-39
14. Sean Collier (KTM) 15-16
15. Phil Nicoletti (Yamaha) 23-11
450 Motocross Championship Points 2014
1. Ken Roczen, 94
2. Ryan Dungey, 89
3. Trey Canard, 72
4. James Stewart, 66
5. Brett Metcalfe, 61
6. Justin Barcia, 52
7. Weston Peick, 52
8. Jake Weimer, 52
9. Malcolm Stewart, 51
10. Josh Grant, 43