News 13 Feb 2017

Dungey extends advantage despite broken podium streak

Defending 450SX champion salvages fourth in drama of Texas.

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Finishing off the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX podium for the first time in 2017, Ryan Dungey still continued to build his premier class points lead in what was a drama-filled main event.

Entering round six with a 17-point lead over Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac, the defending champion found himself buried in the field off the main event restart due to a downed rider on lap one.

With his closest rival, Tomac, suffering a mechanical issue whilst running in third position, the tables suddenly turned and it was the Red Bull KTM contender who then found himself in an advantageous position.

“Overall it was a good night,” said Dungey. “Obviously our positioning wasn’t the best off the restart but I gave it my all to fight my way back up there. We caught a couple breaks to move into fourth and all-in-all we made up some ground in the big picture.”

Finishing just off the podium, the three-time champion was able to increase his championship lead to 18 over teammate and round winner, Marvin Musquin, who now sits in second place on the championship ladder.

Forced to contest a majority of the 20-minute main event without the use of his front brake, Tomac, who won the previous two rounds convincingly, crossed the line in 15th position and now sits fourth overall in points.