MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Following its first break in action, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship resumes on Saturday for the fifth stop of the 12-round series.
Blountville, Tenn.’s Muddy Creek Raceway will host the world’s most prestigious motocross championship for just the second time with the Red Bull Tennessee National. The anticipated return to the Southeast also marks the championship’s network television debut this season on NBC, with live second moto coverage of the 450 Class.
The action throughout the championship was thrilling leading up to the first of two off-weekends on the 2014 schedule. In the 450 Class, three different riders captured an overall victory through the first four rounds, with each battle coming down to a four-rider showdown between the Red Bull KTM duo of Ken Roczen and Ryan Dungey, Team Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart and Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard.
While victory has put Roczen, Dungey, and Stewart at the forefront of the championship battle, Canard has been a consistent threat throughout and has the ability to add his name to the win column on any given weekend.
Roczen’s impressive consistency (he’s finished no worse than third in a single moto) and class-leading pair of wins have resulted in a double-digit margin in the championship standings, with the advantage over his teammate Dungey in second currently sitting at 16 points.
On the heels of his first win of the season at the series’ previous stop at High Point Raceway on June 14, Stewart has closed in to within just six points of Dungey and sits 22 markers behind Roczen. Canard securely holds down fourth place, 33 points out of the lead. Collectively, this foursome holds a 35-point gap over the rest of the 450 Class field and has emerged as the focal point of the championship as it unfolds.
Outside of the very first moto of the 2014 season in which Toyota/Yamaha/N-Fab/JGRMX’s Josh Grant grabbed an impressive and unexpected win, each spot on the podium has been occupied by one of the top four riders in the seven motos since. Considering how well each of those riders has performed throughout the early point of the season, any edge in the championship has boiled down to the law of averages.