Roczen, Dungey Take Title Fight To Utah

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It's Roczen (left) versus Dungey (right) for one final time in 2014. (Simon Cudby photo)
It's Roczen (left) versus Dungey (right) for one final time in 2014. (Simon Cudby photo)
It’s Roczen (left) versus Dungey (right) for one final time in 2014. (Simon Cudby photo)

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing season comes to a dramatic conclusion in Utah for the 12th and final round on Saturday.

The second annual Zions Bank Utah National will signify the series’ return to the one-of-a-kind track at Tooele’s Miller Motorsports Park, just outside Salt Lake City, where a season-long battle between Red Bull KTM teammates Ken Roczen and Ryan Dungey will culminate with one of the two riders walking away as champion. As the 450 Class title fight continues to unfold, newly crowned 250 Class Champion Jeremy Martin will pilot his Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha on a victory lap, while the battle for second in the standings ensues over the final two motos.

Entering the inaugural Indiana National one week ago, Dungey’s late-season surge and two-race winning streak has closed the gap between he and Roczen to a mere seven points. However, Mother Nature took center stage at Ironman Raceway with a downpour of rain during the early morning hours that ultimately resulted in a critical shakeup in the points that played heavily into Roczen’s favor.

Despite not winning a single moto since RedBud in early July and losing 19 points over that span, Roczen rebounded from what appeared to be a late-season funk to return to the forefront of the premier division and reclaim control of the championship. While Roczen successfully withstood the treacherous and muddy conditions, no doubt taking advantage of his experience racing in similar conditions in Europe en route to a series-leading fifth overall win, Dungey faltered and endured his worst performance of the 2014 season.