Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen was on another level at RedBud, taking both moto wins for the overall victory. GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac finished second with a 4-2 result followed by Roczen’s teammate, Ryan Dungey, in third with a 3-3 finish.
Dungey was fast off the line in Moto 1, but came up against a determined competitor in Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard. The opening lap was a battle between the two riders for the front, with Canard prevailing before the end of the first rotation. The Oklahoma native held steady in the lead for the next three laps before Roczen snatched it away.
Roczen had a lackluster start which set him close to 10th during the opening lap, but the German rider was on a mission to win and made short work of the field ahead. Midway through the race Roczen had reached Dungey and Canard at the front, passing each without any issue to assume the lead. Once out front, the KTM ace stretched a multi-second gap which he maintained to the checkers.
Dungey and Canard continued to fight for the runner-up spot and were joined by Tomac late in the race as well. During the latter stages of the race, Tomac made a mistake which cost him a few seconds and took him out of the podium battle. Canard and Dungey swapped position numerous times but then Dungey had a near-off which allowed the Honda rider to blow past.
The top-four riders were head-and-shoulders above the rest in the first moto at RedBud, as BTO Sports’ Andrew Short crossed the line in fifth over 44 seconds behind Tomac in fourth. JGRMX’s Josh Grant came out with the advantage after a battle with Kawasaki Racing’s Brett Metcalfe for sixth. Two Two Motorsports’ Chad Reed finished in eighth ahead of Troy Lee Designs’ Malcolm Stewart in ninth and Grant’s teammate, Justin Brayton, in 10th.
Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart was battling inside the top-10 early in the race but then he and Grant came together and both riders went down. Grant was able to return to action but Stewart was forced to pull into the pit area for repairs.
Roczen got a much better start in Moto 2 and was quickly battling Canard for the lead. Canard had plenty of fight left though and put up a strong defense, keeping Roczen at bay through the first five laps of the race. Roczen slipped by with close to 18 minutes remaining in the moto and was starting to pull away mid-way through.
Tomac pushed up the ranks from fourth, passing Dungey and then setting his sights on Canard. Tomac was helped to the runner-up spot during the latter stages when Canard suffered an off, which also allowed Dungey to slip past as well.
Canard regrouped to finish in fourth followed by Short in fifth and Grant in sixth. Reed, Metcalfe and Brayton took the seven, eight and nine spots, respectively, with Canard’s teammate and fill-in for the injured Justin Barcia, Fredrik Noren, taking 10th.
Stewart suffered another difficult moto, going down in the opening lap and falling to the back of the pack. He was able to recover and finish though, crossing the line in 12th.
Roczen extends his overall points lead in the series, leaving RedBud with a 26-point advantage over Dungey in second. Canard moves up to third, dropping Stewart down to fourth while Metcalfe holds steady in fifth.
RedBud 450 Motocross Results 2014
1. Ken Roczen (KTM) 1-1
2. Eli Tomac (Honda) 4-2
3. Ryan Dungey (KTM) 3-3
4. Trey Canard (Honda) 2-4
5. Andrew Short (KTM) 5-5
6. Josh Grant (Yamaha) 6-6
7. Chad Reed (Kawasaki) 8-7
8. Brett Metcalfe (Kawasaki) 7-8
9. Justin Brayton (Yamaha) 10-9
10. Kyle Chisholm (Yamaha) 13-13
11. Fredrik Noren (Honda) 17-10
12. Ben Lamay (Yamaha) 12-15
13. Matt Goerke (KTM) 11-16
14. Christian Craig (Honda) 14-14
15. Malcolm Stewart (Honda) 9-32
450 Motocross Championship Points 2014
1. Ken Roczen, 280
2. Ryan Dungey, 254
3. Trey Canard, 226
4. James Stewart, 196
5. Brett Metcalfe, 168
6. Josh Grant, 159
7. Andrew Short, 134
8. Chad Reed, 132
9. Weston Peick, 131
10. Malcolm Stewart, 120