News 13 Aug 2012

Dungey and Baggett secure wins in the sands of Southwick

Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey scored his seventh straight Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship win in the sands of Southwick.

Ryan Dungey was forced to make a fuel stop while leading, during moto two at Southwick. Image: Simon Cudby.

Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey scored his seventh straight Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship win in the sands of Southwick.

Dungey took out the moto one win, before a bizzare situation unfolded. While leading moto two, Dungey crashed, causing his fuel cap to come loose.

The team realising that he had lost fuel and would be unable to complete the moto, the decision was made to enter the pits to refill the tank.

Dungey returned to the track behind Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray, who now lead the moto. Rattray was able to hold Dungey off to take his first-ever moto win in the premier 450 Class, while MotoConcepts Mike Alessi finished up in third position.

Combining his 1-2 moto scores, Dungey was able to secure the overall ahead of Alessi (2-3) and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s lone 450 rider, Broc Tickle (6-4).

Dungey extended his 450 Class series lead to 85 points over Alessi in second, while Jake Weimer holds down the third spot. Dungey now has the chance to wrap-up the title at Unadilla’s round 11.

In the 250 Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett once again rose to the top of the hotly contested class, but it was no walk in the park for the current points leader.

GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac dominated the opening moto, crossing the finish over 12 seconds ahead of Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin. Baggett crossed the line in third.

In moto two, Germany’s Ken Roczen took his Red Bull KTM to the early lead, while Baggett was preparing a signature late moto charge.

The two battled back and forth, exchanging passes. In the end it was the young Californian Baggett who emerged victorious, taking the moto win and the overall.

Moto one winner, Eli Tomac, was also in on the battle but took a fall and relegating himself back to third place. Both Baggett and Tomac finished up tied on points for the day, a tiebreaker saw Baggett on top of the box.

Rounding out the 250 Class top three was Roczen with a 4-2 scorecard. Baggett extended his championship lead to 24 points over GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia who took fifth overall on the day.

The Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship will now move onto round 11 at Unadilla on 18 August. Click here for complete results from Southwick.