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MOTOREX Racing Report 2014 EN

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AMA NATIONALS / SUPERCROSS © Photos: S. Cudby ROOKIE SEASON TRIUMPH AMA NATIONALS KEN ROCZEN WINS THE US MX CHAMPIONSHIP In no time at all the 20-year-old from Thüringen has pulverised all records and clinched the coveted AMA national title in the USA at his first attempt. He already put in an outstanding supercross season performance but went one better in the outdoor season to take home a much deserved overall victory. In the supercross races he opened the season with a bang, winning the opening race in Anaheim on the KTM SX-F 450 – an amazing feat and the first win by a rookie at the start of a season since 2009. For the entire duration of the race, Roczen demonstrated his incredible potential by holding out against multiple SX champions Ryan Dungey, James Stewart, Chad Reed and Ryan Villopoto. As the season continued he achieved another impressive win at the final in Atlanta and six more podium positions as well as leading the interim standings over a period of several weeks, ultimately finishing an outstanding third in the final ranking of the AMA Supercross Series. Since these results count equally towards the Supercross World Championship, Roczen happily took world championship bronze. He quickly showed himself to be a title contender in the outdoor season, too. Coming in a supreme second two more times at the finishing line and on the day‘s podium at the opening event at Glen Helen, he more than underpinned his title ambitions with another remarkable showing in the second round in Hangtown. Here he won both races by a clear margin, gaining his first of a total of five individual day wins. Over the season as a whole he won eight race victories, climbed the day‘s podium ten times and achieved twenty-one top-three placements. Like the season as a whole, the finale in Utah was incredibly exciting. Roczen remained cool and rode without any risk to take positions three and four in the greatest triumph of his amazing career. 10

AMA NATIONALS / SUPERCROSS SUPERCROSS RYAN DUNGEY WINS TWO TIMES SILVER The 2010 supercross champion of the Red Bull KTM Factory Team, Ryan Dungey, collected silver and bronze in the 2014 season. After an exciting battle the US boy clinched second place in the supercross, only to be outclassed by winner Ryan Villopoto. The 24-year-old from Tallahessee in Florida won the race in Indianapolis and climbed the podium a total of ten times. He was a solid title contender in the AMA Nationals up to the last round in Utah but was ultimately outperformed by German team colleague Ken Roczen and had to make do with silver. Dungey had a very well balanced season, clinching four day and six race wins, also finishing in the top three a total of twentyone times - just like Roczen. Having made it onto the day podium at eleven out of twelve events, he was just fourteen points away from achieving his third outdoor triumph after 2010 and 2012. After the AMA Nationals, Dungey wore the US colours at the MX of Nations in Kegums (Latvia). He finished fourth in the MXGP category, contributing to the US team‘s bronze in the overall ranking. © Photos: S. Cudby 11



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