Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen took the overall win at the Muddy Creek MX in Tennessee, finishing 2-1 and retaining the overall points lead in the series. Roczen’s teammate, Ryan Dungey, took a 1-2 result for second overall followed by GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac, who returned to action after recovering from a collarbone injury to finish 3-3.
Tomac broke away from the field off the 450 start in Moto 1, leaving a big pile-up behind in the opening corner that claimed a number of riders including JGRMX’s Josh Grant and Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart among others. The Honda ace led the way for over half the moto but Dungey had the late race pace and caught Tomac with about 13 minutes remaining before the final two laps.
Near the time Dungey started hounding Tomac’s rear tire the two started coming into lapped traffic, but Dungey wove his way through the crowd and with 11 minutes remaining the KTM ace pushed ahead for the lead. Roczen, meanwhile, was also charging ahead, after recovering from an early off which set him back slightly, and was able to dispatch Tomac soon after Dungy took over the lead.
The two KTM riders maintained the top two positions to the finish, Dungey having stretched a gap large enough to hold easily for the win. Tomac lost ground on the two front-runners but was well ahead of Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard, who finished fourth over 20 seconds behind the Colorado native.
Stewart bounced back after his early set-back to finish in fifth followed by BTO Sports’ Andrew Short and Matt Goerke in sixth and seventh, respectively. Grant’s teammate, Justin Brayton, also made his first appearance in the 2014 outdoors after recovering from injury, finishing Moto 1 in eighth.
Dungey was fired-up for a clean sweep at Muddy Creek, and shot off the line for the holeshot in Moto 2. Roczen got a good jump as well and the two quickly broke away from the field as they battled for the advantage. Tomac slotted into third-place once again followed by Canard in fourth. Further back, Stewart had another early hang up and was placed well outside the top-10.
Roczen secured the front during the initial laps and proceeded to break away, with Dungey pushing hard to keep up but finding himself unable to seriously challenge for the lead. Tomac and Canard remained steady in their respective positions as well, but behind RCH Racing’s Weston Peick was cutting through the ranks, ultimately getting to fifth before the checkers.
Mid-way through the race, Stewart was making up good ground as well but then lost traction and suffered an off which left him slow to remount. He was running ninth at the time of the incident and dropped back to 17th once he’d rejoined competition.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Brett Metcalfe finished Moto 2 in sixth followed by Grant in seventh and Short in eighth. Two Two Motorsports’ Chad Reed scored ninth ahead of Troy Lee Designs’ Malcolm Stewart in 10th. Bubba was able to claw back up the ranks to 11th before the checkers.
Muddy Creek 450 Motocross Results 2014
1. Ken Roczen (KTM) 2-1
2. Ryan Dungey (KTM) 1-2
3. Eli Tomac (Honda) 3-3
4. Trey Canard (Honda) 4-4
5. Andrew Short (KTM) 6-8
6. Weston Peick (Suzuki) 10-5
7. Brett Metcalfe (Kawasaki) 9-7
8. James Stewart (Suzuki) 5-11
9. Josh Grant (Yamaha) 11-6
10. Justin Brayton (Yamaha) 8-15
11. Malcolm Stewart (Honda) 14-10
12. Kyle Chisholm (Yamaha) 12-12
13. Chad Reed (Kawasaki) 16-9
14. Matt Goerke (KTM) 7-36
15. Ben Lamay (Yamaha) 15-14
450 Motocross Championship Points 2014
1. Ken Roczen, 230
2. Ryan Dungey, 214
3. James Stewart, 187
4. Trey Canard, 186
5. Brett Metcalfe, 141
6. Weston Peick, 131
7. Josh Grant, 129
8. Malcolm Stewart, 108
9. Chad Reed, 105
10. Andrew Short, 102