Dungey Secures 2015 American Motocross Championships

Ryan Dungey

Utah was host to the 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships over the weekend which saw Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey win his third 450 class title in six seasons.

Story by Hayden Gregory
Ryan Dungey
Ryan Dungey

Dungey completed his sixth win of the season with an undefeated day at Miller Motorsports Park, his first career victory at the venue. Dungey’s performance has given him an unassailable 93 point lead heading into the final round of the championship.

“This is absolutely a dream come true, to be a champion. This is what you work so hard for but more than anything it takes a strong group around you, with the team, family, trainer and everything,” explained Dungey.

The battle for second and third places remains tight with Justin Barcia currently leading Ken Roczen by five points. The two have been highly competitive for the entire season and we look forward to the clash continuing into the final round.

Despite the current standings, Roczen finished second in the round edging out Barcia in third.

In the 250 class, defending champion Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin claimed his fifth win of the season to hold onto a slim two-point lead in the championship standings.

Second placed KTM rider Marvin Musquin cruised to the first win of the day ten seconds ahead of Cooper Webb. Despite starting outside the top 20, Martin incredibly fought back to finish in third with the help of a crash on the last turn by RJ Hampshire.

With all three overall riders there abouts, the stage was set for an exciting final moto. Webb looked determined early on passing Musquin on the first lap before the attention turned to Martin who was flying through the field.

Following a small mistake by Musquin, Martin was able to capitalise making the pass into second place on the eighth lap. Before long, Martin had also reeled in Webb to take the lead and ultimately pull away from the pack. Martin was unable to be chased down, winning the race by eight seconds over Webb with Musquin finishing in third.

“My bike was on point today, but things didn’t go how I planned in the first moto off the gate,” said Martin. “But I knew I had to make it up [to the front] and I was able to. [RJ] Hampshire crashing on the last lap definitely helped [me finish third].

“In the second moto I got to the front initially, but then we had the red flag. My restart didn’t go as planned but I just knew I had to catch that KTM [of Marvin Musquin], and we were able to get all the way up there and grab the win. It’s definitely coming down to the wire [for the championship].”

The equal results from Martin(3-1) and Musquin (1-3) have ensured they remain tied atop of the overall standings. All eyes now move to the final round next weekend at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
Round 11 – Miller Motorsports Park, Utah

450 Class overall results:

1st Ryan Dungey (1-1)
2nd Ken Roczen (2-2)
3rd Justin Barcia (5-3)
4th Blake Baggett (4-4)
5th Broc Tickle (3-7)
6th Trey Canard (7-6)
7th Dean Wilson (10-5)
8th Josh Grant (8-8)
9th Christophe Pourcel (9-9)
10th Phil Nicoletti (12-10)

450 Class championship standings:

1st Ryan Dungey – 500
2nd Justin Barcia – 407
3rd Ken Roczen – 402
4th Blake Baggett – 333
5th Christophe Pourcel – 291
6th Broc Tickle – 287
7th Jason Anderson – 283
8th Phil Nicoletti – 229
9th Weston Peich – 223
10th Fredrik Noren – 206

250 Class overall results:

1st Jeremy Martin (3-1)
2nd Marvin Musquin (1-3)
3rd Cooper Webb (2-2)
4th Aaron Plessinger (4-4)
5th Matt Bisceglia (6-6)
6th Zach Osborne (9-5)
7th RJ Hampshire (7-7)
8th Alex Martin (8-8)
9th Joey Savatgy (5-11)
10th Jessy Nelson (11-9)

250 Class championship standings:

1st Jeremy Martin – 461
2nd Marvin Musquin – 459
3rd Joey Savatgy – 310
4th Zach Osborne – 305
5th Jessy Nelson – 288
6th Alex Martin – 287
7th Aaron Plessinger – 264
8th Shane McElrath – 228
9th Matt Bisceglia – 225
10th Cooper Webb – 221
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