RYAN DUNGEY & SHANE MCELRATH MAINTAIN OVERALL LEAD WITH DOUBLE-PODIUMS AT PHOENIX
In 450SX Heat 1, Marvin Musquin put his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into a top five position off the start where he pushed his way into the top three by the third lap. After an all-out battle with Cooper Webb, Musquin was able to make his podium position stick as he cleanly transferred to the Main Event.
Ryan Dungey lined up in 450SX Heat 2, where he powered his Red Bull KTM 450 factory bike into 5th place off the start. Dungey made his move into 4th around the halfway point of the six-lap heat race as he finished strong to capture a transfer position into the Main Event.
The Main Event was full of action as the top five riders battled it out for a podium position all race long. Dungey began just inside the top five as he rounded the opening lap in the 4th place position, with Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/WPS/KTM’s David Millsaps in 5th. Dungey eventually caught the battle for 2nd where he made the pass on Justin Brayton to inherit 3rd. From there, Dungey set his sights on catching Cole Seely for the 2nd place position.
Dungey eventually made his move around Seely just after the halfway point and the duo battled back and forth throughout the next few sections of the track. However, a hard-charging Chad Reed blazed past both riders through the rhythm section leaving Dungey to fall back into the 3rd place position once again.
Despite every effort to catch the leaders, Dungey wasn’t able to make up enough time to catch Reed for the 2nd place position. With a steady string of podium finishes through the first four rounds, Dungey maintains the 450SX championship points leader by a 15-point margin over his teammate Musquin.
Dungey: “After I got up to 3rd I set my sights on trying to make the pass on Seely and then I was able to, which was good. In the sand he came back and took the position back and then we go into the next corner and Seely slid so I was boxed in down that whole rhythm and there came Chad – he was riding good. Once Chad got by I tried to tow in behind him – I knew I was losing a lot of time in that one rhythm lane but overall just trying to tow in with him. I really wanted to make a late charge at the end but I wasn’t able to, those guys were riding good tonight.”
Musquin didn’t get a favorable start in the Main Event as he came around for the opening lap in 13th place. Musquin continued to push throughout the 21-lap race where he ultimately climbed back to an 8th place finish for the day.
After four rounds, Musquin sits only 15 points back for 2nd place position in the 450SX championship point standings.
250SX West Class
Shane McElrath was able to lead 11 of the 16 Main Event laps aboard his KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION. McElrath put himself into a favorable position from the beginning as he remained inside the top three at all times. While battling for the lead position late in the race, McElrath chose to maintain his composure and capture the 2nd place position where he remains in command of the 250SX West points lead after four rounds of racing.
McElrath: “We overcame a lot of adversity today. I had been riding a little cautious and wanted to have that fire again. That race should have been mine, but you do need to be careful when you come up on lappers and aren’t sure what they are going to do. I’m thankful we’re safe after going down in the heat race.”
Next Round: February 4, 2017 – Oakland, CA (USA)
Results 450SX Class Phoenix 2017
1. Eli Tomac (USA), Kawasaki, 21:23.734 min (21 laps)
2. Chad Reed (AUS), Yamaha, +11.817 sec
3. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM, +16.429
4. Cole Seely (USA), Honda, +22.876
5. David Millsaps (USA), KTM, +23.268
7. Blake Bagget (USA), KTM, +30.939
9. Marvin Musquin (FRA), KTM, +38.651
Standings 450SX Class 2017 after 4 of 18 rounds
1. Dungey, 89 points
2. Musquin, 74
3. Tomac, 69
4. Seely, 69
5. Millsaps, 55
14. Bagget, 33
Results 250SX West Class Phoenix 2017
1. Justin Hill (USA), Kawasaki, 16:48.273 min (16 laps)
2. Shane McElrath (USA), KTM, +0.446 sec
3. Austin Forkner (USA), Kawasaki, +6.007
4. Aaron Plessinger (USA), Yamaha, +8.334 sec
5. Martin Davalos (USA), Husqvarna, +25.371
DNS Mitchell Oldenburg (USA), KTM
Standings 250SX West Class 2017 after 4 of 9 rounds
1. McElrath, 92 points
2. Hill, 88
3. Plessinger, 82
4. Davalos, 70
5. Forkner, 67
15. Oldenburg, 18