Adverse track conditions made for an interesting race
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (INTELLIHUB) — Three-time and reigning Supercross Champion Ryan Dungy, riding on the Factory KTM 450, fell short of a much-needed victory Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium leaving only a 12 point separation between himself and Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac in this year’s series.
Blake Baggett, KTM, pulled the holeshot kicking off Round 9 of 16 of the Monster Energy Supercross with intensity but slowly faded back to finish out fourth place just ahead of Cole Seely on the number 14 Honda machine who finished out the top five.
KTM’s Marvin Musquin rode his way to a valiant second place finish after recently recovering from the flu. During the 20-minute plus one lap main event Musquin proved his ability to rapidly adapt to gnarly technical track conditions and choosing unique lines.
Eli Tomac who placed first said that the race was a “hard-fought 27 laps.”
Tomac is the first rider to dethrone Dungy’s streak in Indianapolis in which he placed 1st for the last three years in a row.
In a press conference held after the race, a defeated Ryan Dungey said that right now he is just focused on “getting the job done” and admitted although it’s discouraging not to be on top he’s still the series points leader.
1997 Supercross Champion and current Supercross commentator Jeff Emig said that Dungey desperately needs to “stop the bleeding” by winning next week’s race.
“Eli Tomac was once again very impressive, that’s three wins in a row,” Emig said.
“It’s getting close.”