ELLENTON, Fla. – Reigning Monster Energy AMA Supercross champion Ryan Dungey is off to a flying start.
The Red Bull KTM rider has won three of the first four races this season, leading 56 of the last 60 Main Event laps en route to amassing the three-race win streak he brings into Saturday’s inaugural race from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
After a near-flawless start to his Western Regional 250SX Class title defense, misfortune stopped Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha rider Cooper Webb’s undefeated run, allowing Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy to earn his first career win and move into the points lead.
Last Saturday night inside O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California, Dungey enjoyed his most convincing effort to date, grabbing the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award and going on to lead all 20 laps of the 450SX Class Main Event. It was the first win for Dungey in Oakland and signified a landmark 25th career victory.
He extended his points lead to 22 markers over Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson and Monster Energy 360fly/Chaparral/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Chad Reed, who currently sit tied for second. Moreover, Dungey extended his podium streak, which now sits at 20 races dating back to last season.
“To be able to get out front and find your lines early in the race is key,” said Dungey. “It’s great to see all of the hard work pay off. I am really happy for Marvin [Musquin], who is my teammate, for earning the first podium of his career. I train with him during the week, and tonight he proved he has the speed.”
For the second consecutive race RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Ken Roczen finished on the podium, this time earning a season-best result in second. Roczen now sits in fourth place in season standings, two points behind Anderson and Reed, who finished fourth and fifth.
“We are making steps in the right direction every weekend,” said Roczen. “There were some parts of the track tonight where I was doing well and others where I struggled.”
Dungey’s Red Bull KTM teammate Marvin Musquin became the newest 450SX Class podium finisher in history with a career-best third-place effort. In doing so, Musquin moved into seventh place in season standings, up from 10th place.