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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.”
Ryan Dungey is within striking distance. With just two rounds and four motos remaining, Dungey made another major jump in the 450 Class title fight by earning his third win in the last four rounds at the Red Bull Unadilla National, closing to within single digits of his Oakley teammate Ken Roczen atop the standings. “It was an awesome day. We just wanted to make the most of the day and not get sidetracked [with the championship],” Dungey said. “There’s a lot of racing left still with two rounds to go, but things are going good. It feels great to get another overall, but I made it hard on myself in the second moto and let those guys [Tomac and Canard] get away. Maybe a couple more laps we could have got Canard, but he was riding really good.”