With only two Main Event wins behind him this season, Ryan Dungey came into Round 12 looking for a big victory in the Motor City. The three-time AMA Supercross Champion began the day well as he qualified 3rd overall just ahead of his teammate Marvin Musquin in the morning’s timed qualifying sessions.
Both riders had a smooth transition into the Main Event – with Dungey capturing the 450SX Heat 2 victory and Musquin finishing 3rd in 450SX Heat 1. Trey Canard, however, finished 6th in Heat 2 where he was forced to line up in 450SX Semi 1. Canard battled with David Millsaps throughout the six-lap race, where it was ultimately Millsaps on top and Canard in 2nd place.
It was Musquin who shot off the line in the 450SX Main Event to capture the holeshot aboard his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION. Musquin led the first three laps of the race until Eli Tomac made his way into the lead on lap four. Dungey began the race just inside the top ten, where he was forced to work his way through the pack early on.
Dungey was able to make his way up to 4th by the halfway point and from there he set his sights on a podium position. Musquin held tough to ultimately capture 2nd overall for the night to earn his seventh podium finish of the season.
Musquin: “Today was a really tough day, honestly I don’t really like this track in Detroit. It was so hard and slick, not my favorite conditions. It was a good thing I pulled the holeshot, that really saved my main event. I was not the fastest today, Tomac pulled away and I was able to keep 2nd place but it doesn’t feel like a 2nd place tonight. It was a long main but we still made it happen. Once again Red Bull KTM has two bikes on the podium but it’s not the center so it’s a little frustrating but we’ll keep pushing to make it happen.”
Dungey went on to finish 3rd overall for the night, where he continues to hold the championship points lead with five rounds of racing left this season.
Dungey: “I think the hardest thing is where we were at in the first lap of the race in the last few races. Eli gets out front and takes off and I have nothing for him but I put in a hard charge for 3rd and that was good. We just have to put ourselves in a better position and work through it together. We have five races left, but we need to turn it up.”
Blake Baggett continues an impressive streak of top finishes as he made a late-in-the-race pass on his teammate Millsaps to capture 4th place, while Millsaps finished 5th after running inside the top three for a majority of the race.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Trey Canard finished 11th place in just his second race back from injury.
Canard: “It was a good building race for me. Although my finish was not great we made great progress this week and I will continue to keep my eyes forward.”
East 250SX Class
TLD Red Bull KTM’s Jordon Smith collected his first career win on Saturday night with his KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION in front of more than 46,000 fans inside Ford Field. Smith’s teammate, Alex Martin did not lineup for the night program following a practice incident that would force him to the sidelines.
Having earned his spot in the main event through a win in the Last Chance Qualifier, Smith got off to a strong start, battling with the leaders from the drop of the gate. Following some intense racing up front he would move into the lead on Lap 14, relinquishing it temporarily before making an impressive move on the final lap to secure the victory.
“Today was pretty incredible,” said Smith. “Despite having to go through the LCQ (Last Chance Qualifier) I was able to get a good start in the main and race with the leaders early on. The track was really tough so I just focused on hitting my lines and was in the right position on the last lap to take the win. It’s an amazing feeling and I can’t wait to celebrate with everyone!”
Following his win, Smith has moved into second place in the championship points standings just nine points out of the lead.
Next Round: April 1, 2017 – St. Louis, MO (USA)
Results 450SX Class Detroit 2017
1. Eli Tomac (USA), Kawasaki, 21:25.745 min (23 laps)
2. Marvin Musquin (FRA), KTM, +8.459 sec
3. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM, +10.324
4. Blake Baggett (USA), KTM, +12.361
5. David Millsaps (USA), KTM, +15.016
11. Trey Canard (USA), KTM, +50.126
Standings 450SX Class 2017 after 12 of 18 rounds
1. Dungey, 254 points
2. Tomac, 247
3. Musquin, 207
4. Seely, 196
5. Jason Anderson (USA), Husqvarna, 170
6. Millsaps, 152
7. Baggett, 149
20. Canard, 51
Results 250SX East Class Detroit 2017
1. Jordon Smith (USA), KTM, 16:35.965 min (18 laps)
2. Joey Savatgy (USA), Kawasaki, + 0.817 sec
3. Adam Cianciarulo (USA), Kawasaki, +3.862
4. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA), Yamaha, +8.374
5. Kyle Cunningham (USA), Suzuki, +20.533
DNS Alex Martin (USA), KTM
Standings 250SX East Class 2017 after 6 of 9 rounds
1. Savatgy, 124 points
2. Smith, 115
3. Zach Osborne (USA), Husqvarna, 114
4. Cianciarulo, 113
5. Ferrrandis, 86
8. Martin, 60