AMASX: Ryan Dungey Crowned 450 Supercross Champion!

Date :

April 14, 2015

 AMASX: Ryan Dungey Crowned 450 Supercross Champion!

KTM Press Release:

Red Bull KTM Factory Team rider Ryan Dungey earned his seventh win of the season and the first-ever 450 Supercross title for his Red Bull KTM Team when he took the victory at the Houston Supercross, round fourteen of the Monster Energy Supercross Series, an FIM World Championship.

All eyes were on Dungey throughout the day as he has proven to be the man to beat in the championship series. He was placed in heat one where he earned a 2nd place start. He made an easy pass into the lead on lap two and went on to lead all remaining laps. He crossed the checkered flag to take the heat win and a top gate pick for the main event.

When the gate dropped for the main event, Dungey got pinched out on the start and came around the first corner outside the top ten. He wasted no time and quickly began making passes to move his Red Bull KTM forward through the pack. By the halfway point he had moved into 6th place. In the next laps, he put on a charge and rode aggressively through the pack to move into the podium position and up to 2nd place. Once in 2nd position, he maintained his pace and cruised across the finish line to earn the 450 Supercross Championship, the first-ever for the KTM brand.

“The team and I worked so hard to get to this point,” remarked Dungey on the podium. There are hardly words to explain how good this feels. There were a lot of ups and downs along the way, but my team stood behind me through it all and provided me the best bike. I am so excited for this championship but am looking forward to the next goal. We aren’t done yet.”

KTM CEO, Stefan Pierer:

“To win any World Championship is an outstanding success and is of immense importance for KTM. But the US Supercross title is very special and highlights our huge commitment in the worldwide motocross sport. With tenacity we made it to the top in this sport, which releases a vast amount of emotions. I would like to thank all those that have been involved and helped to push forward this extremely important project, and of course, I’d like to thank Ryan who has had a great season in 2015.”

KTM Motorsports Director, Pit Beirer:

“One of my personal dreams came true today. We started our Supercross race department completely from scratch in 2011, and what has been achieved in this very short time is outstanding. The key to everything, and I call it the best trip of my life, was my first meeting with Roger De Coster in the summer of 2010. Together with Roger we have formed the best and strongest team you can imagine. From there our worldwide race network has become stronger and it has been a 24-hour effort each day. With the full commitment of our R&D and Motorsports departments in Austria and the USA, we managed to create the best bike in a short time. However, we cannot perform without the best riders on our bike, which is why we are thankful to Ryan. He trusted us at a very early stage of the project. Ryan has set some major milestones for our company; first 450 SX win, first professional Motocross Championship title and now he has brought our final goal of the 450 Supercross title. I would like to say thank you “team” and thank you Ryan.”

Overall Results:

1.    Cole Seely

2.    Ryan Dungey – KTM

3.    Eli Tomac

4.    Josh Grant

5.    Chad Reed

6.    Andrew Short – KTM

7.    Davi Millsaps

8.    Broc Tickle

9.    Justin Barcia

10.    Justin Brayton – KTM

11.    Blake Baggett

12.    Kyle Chisholm

13.    Nick Wey

14.    Mitchell Oldenburg

15.    Ben Lamay

16.    Jason Anderson

17.    Kyle Partridge

18.    Tevin Tapia

19.    Dustin Pipes

20.    Killy Rusk

21.    Nick Schmidt

22.    Weston Peick

Overall Point Standings:

1.    Ryan Dungey – 318

2.    Eli Tomac – 236

3.    Cole Seely – 223