For the third-straight year, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 450-class title was decided a round earlier at Utah’s Miller Motorsports Park during the Zions Bank Utah National.With a 1-1 effort, Red Bull KTM’s secured his sixth overall win of 2015 Motocross. Dungey’s 2015 Utah Motocross results provided him with enough points to earn a third 450MX title. Joining Dungey on the 2015 Utah Motocross podium were the defending 450MX Champion Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Ken Roczen (2-2) and Autotrader.com/Toyota/Yamaha’s Justin Barcia (5-3).
Dungey has now won seven of the last eight motos, including five straight. This was also Dungey’s fourth-consecutive overall round win.“This is absolutely a dream come true, to be a champion. This is what you work so hard for but more than anything it takes a strong group around you, with the team, family, trainer and everything,” says Dungey following 2015 Utah Motocross.“This championship feels more special than the others because I feel like we put more into winning it this time around. We had a new bike and I had a new [training] program, and everything worked out to the best it could be. As much as I wanted to clinch the title today, I knew I had two motos ahead of me and didn’t want to get ahead of myself. I came here with every intention of winning both motos, no matter what the scenario was. I could have settled, sure, but I wanted to race to win and make sure I wrapped [the championship] up today.”
2015 Utah Motocross Results – Round Recap
With the possibility of clinching the title at 2015 Utah Motocross, Dungey started off strong, earning the quickest lap of timed practice. But when moto1 got underway, Barcia earned the Motosport.com Holeshot Award – his 11th of the season. Barcia was followed by Dungey and Roczen, the latter soon moving into the lead and opening a gap.Barcia fought hard to keep second, but on lap three Dungey finally made a pass stick. He then chased Roczen down, and passed him on lap 13. From there Dungey pulled away, eventually opening 4.331 seconds ahead of the German.Though Barcia was comfortably in third for half the moto, he came under pressure from RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Broc Tickle, who took over third and remained there to the checkered flag.In the second moto, Autotrader.com/Toyota/Yamaha’s Phil Nicoletti earned the Motosport.com Holeshot award ahead of Roczen and Barcia as Dungey began in the top five. Roczen took the lead over on the first lap, but Dungey was quickly into second, and began chasing down Roczen. Dungey caught up on lap 12, and took over the lead. Like the opening 2015 Utah Motocross moto, Dungey began pulling away.The KTM SX-F450 pilot eventually took the checkered flag by 8.862 seconds ahead of Roczen. Earning third was Barcia.Roczen’s strong day landed him in the runner-up spot (2-2), while Barcia (5-3) edged out Team Yoshimura Suzuki’s Blake Baggett (4-4) via tiebreaker for third overall.Dungey brings an insurmountable 93-point lead into the final round, while Barcia and Roczen continue their battle for second in the championship. Currently five points sit between them, with Barcia currently sitting second.The 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship concludes next weekend for the final and 12th round at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana, which will host site of the Bud Light Ironman National next Saturday, August 22.
2015 Utah Motocross Results – 450 class:
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (1-1)
Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki (2-2)
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-3)
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki (4-4)
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki (3-7)
Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda (7-6)
Dean Wilson, Scotland, KTM (10-5)
Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki (8-8)
Christophe Pourcel, Dade City, Fla., Husqvarna (9-9)
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