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By: Feld Motorsports
Ryan Dungey returned to the top step of the podium Saturday night at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., but the storyline coming out of round three was as much about his title rivals’ troubles as the reigning champ’s first win of 2017.
Ken Roczen, who entered Anaheim as the points leader, was charging through the pack when he crashed hard over a triple and was left injured on the track.
Roczen was transported to a nearby hospital and later diagnosed with a compound fracture to the left forearm, according to a team statement. No timetable has been given for his return.
Missing from the 450SX main event completely was Dungey’s training partner, Jason Anderson. After being taken out in his heat race by Vince Friese, Anderson retaliated by throwing a punch at Friese in the tunnel. The altercation led to Anderson being disqualified from round three.
With Anderson and Roczen left out of contention, a good start from Dungey allowed the Red Bull KTM rider free reign over the 20-minute plus one lap feature. His wire-to-wire victory gave him sole possession of the championship lead.
Following Dungey were teammate Marvin Musquin and HRC Honda’s Cole Seely. Cooper Webb, who picked up the holeshot, collected his best-career 450SX finish in fourth. Weston Peick, Josh Grant, Chad Reed, Eli Tomac, Davi Millsaps and Blake Baggett rounded out the top 10.
In the Western Regional 250SX class, Justin Hill grabbed his first win of the season in dominant fashion, beating out title rivals Aaron Plessinger and Shane Mcelrath.
Mcelrath still maintains the red plate heading into Phoenix next weekend, but carries a slim six-point lead over Plessinger.
Meanwhile, standout rookie Austin Forkner had a solid night, picking up his first career heat race, following it up with the holeshot in the 250SX main event and holding off veteran Martin Davalos for fourth.
Monster Energy Supercross will be back in action Saturday, Jan. 28 for round four at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Source: Amsoil Racing