Dungey wins mudder as Stewart, Webb claim 250SX championships
Last weekend, Ryan Dungey claimed his third 450SX title at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
However, as the checkered waved, Dungey found himself crossing the finishing line in fourth position, bringing to an end a 31-race long consecutive podium finish streak.
Saturday night at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, Dungey proved he still had it in him with another victory despite crashing into Ken Roczen mid-race.
Ken Roczen had taken the lead from Dungey just ahead of the halfway point when he went down. Dungey had no time to react, and hit Roczen’s Suzuki, sending him down to the ground too.
While Dungey was able to get going again, Roczen was unable to get back into contention, and so Jason Anderson and Eli Tomac joined Dungey back on the podium.
"We really focused on the last couple races of the season to get the championship. We wanted to end the season strong and that was the goal tonight," said Dungey. "These were definitely the toughest conditions of the season. Ken [Roczen] was putting on a charge and riding well, but he made a mistake and I had nowhere to go. Thankfully I was able to get up and get going again, and finish strong. I'm really glad we came out on top tonight."
Meanwhile, in the 250SX East/West shootout, one race determined two champions after 12 laps of frantic racing action. In the 250 Eastern Regional class, Malcolm Stewart took the title after Jeremy Martin and Aaron Plessinger hit trouble early while, in the 250 Western Regional class, Cooper Webb defended his championship by one point.
It was Joey Savatgy who took the main event win after all the mud had settled. Savatgy had also dominated his heat race, and ultimately finished just one point back of Cooper Webb in points in the Western Regional class. Webb was one of many riders who went down on the opening lap as the riders took off for the first of 12 laps. Webb fell back through the field but was able to salvage an 11th place finish; just enough to give him the title.
"It was a good race [but] it's setting in now [that I didn't win the championship] and it's a little disappointing," said Savatgy. "We ended the year on a good note and we did what we had to do [tonight]. Cooper [Webb] came in here and did what he had to do as well, and hats off to him. It's just good to end the year in this way."
"It definitely wasn't easy [to win the title], but we fought for it and that's why we're up here [with the number one plate]," said Webb. "We fought hard all season and I wasn't going to let an injury hold me back. I had a crash [while training for the race] but I had to come here and get it done."
"That was crazy right there, what a race," exclaimed Stewart. "Everything I've gone through with myself and James [Stewart] this year, it's been an up and down season for both of us. I feel like I owe half of this [championship] to him. I'm just speechless right now. All I know is I have this number one plate right now and I want to cry."
450SX Class Results
450SX Class Championship Standings
250SX Class East/West Shootout Results
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings