Germany’s Ken Roczen managed to hold off his old team-mate Ryan Dungey to take home his first AMA 450cc class overall win since Crawfordsville, in Indiana, last season.
As the pair shared wins at the High Point National, round five of 12 in the 2015 series, neither gained an advantage in the title chase with Dungey still on top.
“Feels really good to get the overall,” Suzuki rider Roczen said. “Ryan [Dungey] and I leave with the same points as we came in, but at least we didn’t lose anything.”
KTM’s Dungey really put on a charge in the second moto, but was unable to pull off a repeat of his first moto success and settled for second. Was he thinking championship picture?
“Not damage control at all, I was going out for a win,” Dungey said. Ken’s [Roczen] riding good. He’s always tough competitor… You can’t win them all. I put in a good effort, we made a lot of progress coming into this week. I’m really happy with the performance.”
Joining Roczen and Dungey on the podium was Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson (4-3). In fourth was Anderson’s team-mate Christophe Pourcel who led early in both motos, but ultimately finished third in moto one and fifth in moto two.
JGR Yamaha’s Justin Barcia fought back to finish fifth in moto one after crashing out of second place. His fourth-place in moto two secured him fifth overall.
In sixth was Roczen’s team-mate Broc Tickle (6-8). Behind Tickle was Weston Peick on the other JGR Yamaha, overcoming a disappointing 11th-place finish in the first moto to finish sixth in moto two.
Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely was eighth with a 7-10 tally. Rounding out the top 10 was Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Wil Hahn (10-9) and, fill-in rider for Seely’s injured team-mate Trey Canard, was Fredrik Noren (8-12).
Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin made the most out of the fifth round of the Pro Motocross Championship, earning maximum points in the 250 class with a win in both motos at the High Point National in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania.
Those maximum points moved Musquin eight points ahead of Jeremy Martin in the title chase. While it’s great to be leading the way in the championship, the 2015 AMA Supercross 250 East Champion is more focused on winning races.
“There’s so many races left,” Musquin said. “I’m don’t think about the championship, really. I just want to win races and do good every weekend. And then we’ll see what’s going to happen. I’m having a lot of fun for my very last year on the 250. I’ve never had a bike this good. Thank you to the team. Now we have a weekend off, that’s going to feel good.”
In second was Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Zach Osborne (5-2) ahead of the reigning 250 champ Martin, who overcame a pair of bad starts to score two fourths. Martin’s fourth-place finish in the second moto was earned after battling with his older brother Alex, also on a Yamaha – a battle that resulted in the last spot on the podium for Jeremy and fourth overall for Alex.
Behind the Martin brothers was Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Joey Savagty with a 6-3 tally. In sixth was team-mate Adam Cianciarulo (2-12). Geico Honda’s Christian Craig was seventh, finishing eighth in moto one and seventh in moto two.
Rounding out the top 10 was Troy Lee Lucas Oil KTM’s Jessy Nelson (10-8), Yamalube Star Racing Yamaha’s Aaron Plessinger (9-10) and Nelson’s team-mate Shane McElrath (11-9).
Results from round five of 12:
High Point 450 Results
- Ken Roczen (2-1) Suzuki)
- Ryan Dungey (1-2) KTM
- Jason Anderson (4-3) Husqvarna
- Christophe Pourcel (3-5) Husqvarna
- Justin Barcia (5-4) Yamaha
- Broc Tickle (6-8) Suzuki
- Weston Peick (11-6) Yamaha
- Cole Seely (7-10) Honda
- Wil Hahn (10-9) Kawasaki
- Fredrik Noren (8-12) Honda
High Point 250 Results
- Marvin Musquin (1-1) KTM
- Zach Osborne (5-2) Husqvarna
- Jeremy Martin (4-4) Yamaha
- Alex Martin (3-5) Yamaha
- Joey Savagty (6-3) Kawasaki
- Adam Cianciarulo (2-12) Kawasaki
- Christian Craig (8-7) Honda
- Jessy Nelson (10-8) KTM
- Aaron Plessinger (9-10) Yamaha
- Shane McElrath (11-9) KTM