Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dugey swapped moto wins with teammate Ken Roczen at Budds Creek, but Dungey prevails with a 2-1 result to take the overall. Roczen earned the runner-up spot ahead of GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac in third.
JRGMX’x Justin Brayton led a Yamaha charge off the start, scoring the holeshot with teammate Phil Nicoletti close behind in the lead pack. Dungey and Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard cut through the opening turns in the top-four with Roczen further back looking for a way past RCH Racing’s Weston Peick for fifth. The opening lap shuffle saw Nicoletti make a mistake, allowing Canard and Dungey to slip past easily. The Hodna ace battled with Dungey for a period for second and then set his sights on Brayton, passing for the front in the opening minutes.
By this point, Roczen had moved ahead of Peick and Nicoletti into fourth. The German rider and Dungey took a few minutes to get past Brayton, which they eventually did in quick succession with about 26 minutes remaining in the moto. Canard had opened a slight gap out front but Roczen was clearly on another level in terms of outright speed, barreling like a rocket down a steep hill into the outside line of a sweeping right-hander to get past Dungey before #5 realized what was coming. Roczen quickly closed the gap on Canard after moving into second-place and once in the lead proceeded to put distance between himself and the rest of the field.
Dungey remained steady and tracked down Canard, waging battle for the runner-up spot as the moto reached the half-way point. Canard lost the number-two position during the latter stages and quickly lost sight of Dungey as the KTM ace worked to track down his teammate.
Canard faced additional pressure late in the moto thanks to a hard-charging Tomac. The Colorado native slipped into sixth during the initial laps but made up ground to catch Canard’s rear tire with about seven minutes before the final two laps. Try as he might through the final stages of the race, Tomac proved unable to get ahead of the Oklahoma native.
Out front, meanwhile, Dungey had closed in on Roczen and had the points leader in his sights during the final laps, but time ran out before the 2012 MX champ could legitimately challenge for the win.
Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart had a strong showing after he got squeezed back to ninth at the start, finishing in fifth. RCH Racing’s Weston Peick turned his top-five start to a sixth-place finish in Moto 1, followed by Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Brett Metcalfe in seventh. BTO Sports’ Andrew Short took eighth with Brayton’s teammate, Josh Grant in ninth and NorenMX’s Fredrik Noren, who is filling in for the injured Justin Barcia, in 10th.
Dungey came back with guns blazing in Moto 2, powering to the front off the start for the holeshot and early lead. Roczen crossed the line in second followed by Tomac in third.
Grant got sandwiched between Dungey and Roczen during the opening lap, allowing Dungey some time to open a gap while Roczen fought to find a way past. Once Roczen made the pass for second Dungey had put some distance between himself and the field and it proved too much for Roczen to close.
Canard slipped past Grant for third soon after Roczen made his move, and the Honda ace held there for much of the moto. Tomac, though, was on a charge and battled up the ranks during the initial stages, catching Canard and Stewart, who were battling for third. Stewart got ahead of the Oklahoma native for a period but Canard was able to answer back a few laps later. Soon after Tomac made short work of Stewart and throttled ahead to catch Canard. The two Honda riders were in close quarters during the final laps and though Canard put up a stellar fight, Tomac found a line to the podium before the checkers.
Tomac’s charge wasn’t entirely compete after getting to third either, the Honda rider reeling in Roczen as well with two laps remaining. The clock ran out before Tomac was able to make a serious bid for the number-two spot, however.
Further back, Stewart dropped out of contention for a podium entirely with bike issues that forced him to pull out of the moto during the latter stages.
Canard finished a lonely fourth nearly one minute ahead of Peick in fifth. Grant took sixth ahead of Short in seventh and Nicoletti in eighth. Brayton and Short’s teammate, Matt Goerke, took ninth and 10th respectively.
Though Dungey took the Budds Creek overall the points gap between him and leader Roczen remains the same. Canard holds to third in the series followed by Stewart in fourth and Metcalfe in fifth.
Budds Creek 450 Motocross Results 2014
1. Ryan Dungey (KTM) 2-1
2. Ken Roczen (KTM) 1-2
3. Eli Tomac (Honda) 4-3
4. Trey Canard (Honda) 3-4
5. Weston Peick (Suzuki) 6-5
6. Josh Grant (Yamaha) 9-6
7. Andrew Short (KTM) 8-7
8. Brett Metcalfe (Kawasaki) 7-11
9. Phil Nicoletti (Yamaha) 12-8
10. Matt Goerke (KTM) 11-10
11. Justin Brayton (Yamaha) 14-9
12. Fredrik Noren (Honda) 10-16
13. James Stewart (Yamaha) 5-31
14. Christian Craig (Honda) 15-14
15. Ben Lamay (Yamaha) 18-12
450 Motocross Championship Points 2014
1. Ken Roczen, 327
2. Ryan Dungey, 301
3. Trey Canard, 264
4. James Stewart, 212
5. Brett Metcalfe, 192
6. Josh Grant, 186
7. Weston Peick, 162
8. Andrew Short, 161
9. Chad Reed, 132
10. Malcolm Stewart, 128