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It possibly wasn’t what was expected considering the tide of the 2014 season, but Valentino Rossi’s victory at the Grand Prix in Misano, Italy was exactly what the crowd wanted. Both Rossi and the near-hometown crowd celebrated the nine-time champion’s first victory of the season as though he’d added another world title. “I’m very happy for sure, because this is special – here in Misano, in front of all of the crowd, in front of my family, my friends," Rossi said. “It’s a really great win and with[Marc] Marquez in such amazing form, it’s not like it happens often.”
In the end, it came down to simply staying on two wheels. Ken Roczen had done what was needed in the first moto in Utah, finishing third behind his one and only title rival, Ryan Dungey, almost guanteeing a first 450 Outdoor title – as long as catastrophy didn’t strike. Aside from a scary moment midway through the first moto, when Roczen made contact with a lapper, almost pulling him off his bike, it was a pretty mellow coast to the title for the German who’s in his first year competing in the 450 class. Dungey took second in the moto, gaining two points on Roczen, meaning only a miracle could turn the tide of the title chase in Dungey’s favor.
On a muddy track, drenched by heavy morning rain, Ken Roczen (1-2) was able to clinch his fifth overall victory of the season at the inaugural Thor Indiana National, extending his lead with just one round remaining. Ryan Dungey (2-9) finished third overall and now sits 20 points behind Roczen, after a late season charge that included back-to-back wins. “It’s a big monkey off my back,” Roczen said. “Seeing my points lead go down and now getting this win is a great feeling. The conditions didn’t bother me. It seems we always race in sunny conditions so it’s a great challenge when we face conditions this tough.”