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For the last several seasons, Budds Creek MX Park in Mechanicsville has been golden to Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey.
In 2010 and 2012, he captured overall wins there en route to the eventual 450 Class motocross national titles for those seasons.
On Saturday at the 24th annual Red Bull Budds Creek National, the fifth stop of the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship tour, Dungey finished atop the field once again.
For the third time in four years, Dungey has secured overall wins at the Budds Creek stop.
With thousands of fans at the edge of their seats all day, each of the series points leaders continued to extend their respective championship leads at the event, which was aired live on NBC, NBC Sports Network and FUEL TV.
It was the second overall win of the championship series for Dungey, who finished second in the first moto and responded with a first-place finish in the second moto.
“With more intensity and more guys out this year, it keeps you on your feet and you really have to push it,” said Dungey, who rides a KTM 450 SX-F FE. “I feel like we’ve made good progress with the bike the last couple of weeks we’ve been doing a lot of testing and it was good to see everything pay off today.”
In the standings, Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto still leads with 240 points, 16 more than runner-up Dungey heading into the sixth stop. Honda’s Justin Barcia sits in third with 179 points.
In the 250 class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett of Grand Terrace, Calif., won the first moto and took second in the second moto to give the defending national champion his first overall win of the season.
Honda’s Eli Tomac collected a fifth-place finish in the first moto and first in the second moto to take second in the standings with 211 points. KTM Red Bull Ken Roczen of Germany — third in first moto, sixth in second moto — currently leads the field with 220 points. Roczen’s teammate Marvin Musquin of France is third overall with 199 points after finishing second in the first moto and fifth in the second moto. Baggett is fourth overall with 188 points.
Dungey just got stronger and stronger as the second moto race progressed, and he stretched out his lead to 17 seconds by the time it was all over.
After the race, Dungey said that getting a good start and making the pass on Smartop Motoconcepts Racing’s Mike Alessi right away were the keys to his second-moto success.
“I love the Budds Creek track, and I’ve just been pretty familiar with its foundation,” Dungey said. “I’ve just been fortunate to have a lot of success here. The fans are great and the environment is great.”
Traders Racing DEP Pipes’ Tony Archer of Waldorf took 26th in the first moto and 32nd in the second in a competitive 450 class.
“In the first moto, I felt great for about the first 25 minutes and my arms starting giving out,” said Archer of the race that is 35 minutes long. “In the second one, my brakes locked up and it overheated. But overall, it was great to race among the top 40 riders in the world. It was awesome. I’ve been working hard mentally and physically. It feels good to hit strides. I’ve been pretty consistent, I just want to keep the ball rolling.”
In last season’s stop at Budds Creek, Archer missed the top 36, finishing 42nd overall in the 250 class with his fastest time of 2 minutes 11.534 seconds and took 12th in the consolation race last season at Budds Creek. However, in the fourth stop at High Point Raceway (Pa.), Archer qualified for the championship round, placing 31st in the first moto and 34th in the second.
Missing the top 36 was 2007 Chopticon High School graduate Robert Kraft, who came in 10th overall in the consolation race of the 450 class, while 2011 Great Mills High School graduate and second-year pro Nicholas Lane, took 27th place showing also in that race.
Kenny Day, 25 of Budds Creek, didn’t break the top 36 to get in the main race, but collected a 19th-place finish in the consolation race of the 250 class.
The sixth stop will be held in Southwick, Mass., at the Southwick motocross 338 track on Saturday.