News 8 Jun 2012

Dungey and Baggett lead AMA Motocross into High Point

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross will continue this weekend in the United States when the series reaches round four of 12 at High Point in Pennsylvania.

Ryan Dungey will lead Lucas Oil Pro Motocross into High Point this weekend. Image: Simon Cudby.

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross will continue this weekend in the United States when the series reaches round four of 12 at High Point in Pennsylvania.

Following back-to-back runner-up efforts to start the season, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey broke through for his first win of in Colorado last weekend.

Dungey’s 15th-career 450 Class victory vaulted him into the points lead, and now the former champion will bring the red number plate into the fourth round of the season from High Point Raceway.

Despite missing out on a moto win through the two weekends of competition, Dungey was ready to challenge then points leader James Stewart in the high altitude of Colorado.

After misfortune struck Stewart in the early stages of the opening 450 Class moto, Dungey capitalised, leading the remainder of the laps in both motos to post a perfect 1-1 effort.

It was the third straight victory for Dungey at Thunder Valley MX Park and it put him in a familiar position in the point standings.

The win also marked the first overall victory for KTM in the premier class. With momentum behind them, Dungey and his team are prepared for the challenges that will be presented from the 450 Class field in Mt. Morris, looking for his second career win there.

Stewart has also confirmed that he’ll be back this weekend at High Point (click here for news update).

Australians Brett Metcalfe and Michael Byrne sit sixth and 12th in the series respectively.

Last season at High Point, eventual champion Ryan Villopoto captured his first win of the summer, with Chad Reed and Dungey joining him on the podium.

In 250 Class competition, three different riders have stood atop the podium through the first three races this season.

GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia became the latest victor, breaking a 27-race winless streak to join his teammate Eli Tomac and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett in the winner’s column.

Only 22 points separate the top four riders in the championship standings, which includes the three triumphant riders as well as Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen.

Of the four, both Baggett, who has led the points all season, and Roczen have finished on the podium at each stop.

Australia’s Matt Moss has confirmed he’ll return this weekend for JDR/J-Star/KTM, marking his first national of the season.

Baggett is the defending race winner at High Point, providing wild, yet impressive come-from-behind effort in each moto to finish 1-1 on the day and secure his second win of the 2011 season. Tyla Rattray and Tomac accompanied him on the podium.

As it has for the past 35 years, High Point Raceway will challenge riders with its captivating collection of high speed, high technicality and big air.

The FMF High Point National marks the East Coast debut of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship this summer and enthusiasts can count on seeing the trademark bar-to-bar competition that has helped the facility become a favorite amongst riders and fans alike.

With exciting changes to the layout taking place, fans will see more spectacular racing than ever before at one of the sport’s most popular circuits.