Two in a Row for Roczen with 250SX Class Win
Photos by Jeff Kardas
ANAHEIM, Calif. (February 2, 2013) Before 41,294 fans inside Angel Stadium, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey won his first Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race of the season. Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen won his second consecutive Western Regional 250SX Class Main Event.
JGRMX/Toyota/Yamaha’s Justin Brayton scored the Nuclear Cowboyz® Holeshot Award with MotoConcepts Racing’s Mike Alessi trailing in second place. Brayton crashed in turn three, giving the lead to Alessi as Dungey secured second position.
Two-time defending Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto was 11th place on the opening lap aboard his Monster Energy Kawasaki. On Lap 1, Rockstar Energy Racing’s Davi Millsaps moved into third place as Dungey took over the lead. Villopoto crashed after making contact with Alessi on the second lap and re-started in 19th place. Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart moved into second place on Lap 6, moving Millsaps back to third place.
Millsaps waited until Lap 13 to re-pass Stewart for second place. Stewart was passed again for third by Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia.
Dungey, who secured his position in the Main Event via the final transfer position in the Last Chance Qualifier, became the fourth different winner in five races this season and moved into second place in season standings. Millsaps finished second and holds a 14-point lead over Dungey. Barcia, who did not finish the last two races, finished third.
“We felt some emotion coming into tonight’s race after barely making it into the Main Event,” said Dungey. “The team was sweating it, but we pulled it off. It’s a long season and this is a big step for the team.”
Rookie Joey Savatgy won the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award aboard his JDR/JStar KTM to start the Western Regional 250SX Class Main Event with Roczen on his back wheel in second place. Roczen quickly moved into the lead on the opening lap as he passed Savatgy. Defending champion Eli Tomac, who rides for the GEICO Honda team, started near the middle of the field but moved into fourth place on Lap 5.
Roczen extended his points lead to 20 over Tomac with the win. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos finished second and Tomac finished third.
“I need to keep this up and take it to the next level,” said Roczen. “This has been a great two races for me, but the season is not over yet, so I need to keep the pressure on as we head to San Diego next week.”
Metal Mulisha founder Brian Deegan’s son Haiden competed in tonight’s KTM Junior Supercross Challenge, finishing fourth overall. The epic freestyle motocross arena tour, Nuclear Cowboyz, which features the Metal Mulisha, can be seen at arenas across the country. For more information, log onto NuclearCowboyz.com.
Monster Energy Supercross will continue next Saturday night, February 9, from Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
450SX Class Results: Anaheim
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
2. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
3. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda
4. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki
5. Chad Reed, Australia, Honda
6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda
7. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda
8. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki
10. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha
450SX Class Points
1. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki – 107
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 93
3. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda – 92
4. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 90
5. Chad Reed, Australia, Honda – 81
6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda – 71
7. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda – 61
8. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki – 56
9. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha – 53
10. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki – 48
Western Regional 250SX Class Results: Anaheim
1. Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM
2. Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Kawasaki
3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda
4. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha
5. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki
6. Travis Baker, Romoland, Calif., Yamaha
7. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., KTM
8. Austin Politelli, Riverside, Calif., Honda
9. Max Anstie, England, Suzuki
10. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda
Western Regional 250SX Class Points
1. Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM – 116
2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda – 96
3. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda – 89
4. Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Kawasaki – 70
5. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki – 68
6. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda – 68
7. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha – 67
8. Christian Craig, Wildomar, Calif., Honda – 54
9. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., KTM – 52
10. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda – 49
KTM Junior Supercross Challenge
1. Slade Varola, Simi Valley, Calif., KTM 50 SX
2. Tyler Blankenship, Bakersfield, Calf., KTM 50 SX
3. Ty Freehill, El Dorado Hills, Calif., KTM 50 SX
4. Haiden Deegan, Temecula, Calif., KTM 50 SX
5. Ezra Beckett, Anderson, Calif., KTM 50 SX
6. Cameron Steel, Wyee, Australia, KTM 50 SX
7. Logan Lessar, Centennial, Colo., KTM 50 SX
8. Theo Lount, White City, Ore., KTM 50 SX
9. Kolby Kring, Billings, Mont., KTM 50 SX
10. Jace Grandstaff, Oakdale, Calif., KTM 50 SX
11. Steven Perez, Corona, Calif., KTM 50 SX
12. Dane Morales, Huntington Beach, Calif., KTM 50 SX
13. Cody Murph,y Corona, Calif., KTM 50 SX
14. Ryan Yeski, Sierra Vista, Ariz., KTM 50 SX
15. Seth Sadorra, Brentwood, Calif., KTM 50 SX
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