ELLENTON, Fla. – official series release — Simon Cudby photo —
Six races into the Monster Energy AMA Supercross season and one rider has enjoyed the best-ever start to his already celebrated career.
Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, the reigning 450SX Class Champion, has won four of the first six Main Events and has not finished worse than second. As a result, he brings a 26-point lead into the seventh race of the championship this Saturday from Arlington, Texas’ AT&T Stadium.
In the Western Regional 250SX Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy earned his second win in three races to grab a three-point lead heading into Arlington. The Western Regional Championship will reach its midseason break following Saturday night’s race.
With 144 of a possible 150 points this season, Dungey has achieved the most success of his career at this point in the championship. It’s the fastest start for a rider since Chad Reed won five of the first six races in 2008 to earn 147 of 150 points.
Last Saturday in San Diego, Dungey posted a wire-to-wire effort, grabbing the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award and leading all 20 laps of the Main Event. His laps-led total increased to 76, which is 63 percent of the total laps completed this season. It was also his second wire-to-wire performance in the last three races.
“I just tried to keep the pressure low the entire Main Event; keeping good traction with the rear tire was key,” said Dungey. “I got a good start, which was huge in putting me in a position to win and I just tried to be consistent for all 20 laps. We had to overcome a few things today, but that’s racing. I’m happy to be back on top of the podium.”
In second was Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely, finishing on the podium for the first time in three races with a season-best effort. The result moved Seely to fourth in points, six points out of third.
“I’ve been in a funk these last two weekends, but I’m thankful for the dedication of my team to stick behind me. I feel a lot better on my bike,” said Seely. “I really didn’t make any mistakes, I just couldn’t quite keep the pace with Ryan [Dungey]. It feels great to get back up here [on the podium].”
RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Ken Roczen finished third. Roczen sits second in the championship and although he faces a 26-point deficit in the standings, he’s been the hottest rider in the class other than Dungey, finishing on the podium for four straight races, including one win.
“Tonight I have to be satisfied. I didn’t win, but I didn’t really feel comfortable on the bike today,” said Roczen. “We salvaged third. Ryan [Dungey] finished in front of us, but we’re leaving healthy with a good result.”
In the Western Regional 250SX Class, Savatgy entered San Diego knotted with Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Cooper Webb atop the standings. It appeared as though the two riders might battle one another for the win, but a tip-over by Webb in the early stages of the race while trying to track down Savatgy meant the Kawasaki rider would race his way to an unchallenged victory.
“It feels great to get another win,” said Savatgy. “Cooper [Webb] tried to take credit away from my first win, so it feels great to get another one. I’m just so excited to be back here and in the points lead.”
Webb was able to rebound from his early misfortune and finished second. He’s just three points behind Savatgy and still has the most wins in the class, but has not in three races.
“I just tucked the front end. Just a mistake by me,” explained Webb. “I was able to get up and not lose too much time. It was early in the race so I was able to get those spots back. I just need to stop crashing.”
Rounding out the podium was GEICO Honda’s Christian Craig, following up his first career win the week prior with a third-place effort. Craig now has the longest podium streak in the class, which now sits at four races. He remains third in the points and sits 16 points out of the lead.