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Ryan Dungey wins Motocross opener at Glen Helen thanks to last-lap pass

May 24, 2014, 10:55 PM EDT

If the first race of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship was any indication, this is going to be one exciting summer.

The series kicked off at Glen Helen Raceway on Saturday, and the overall win in the 450 Class came down to a battle between two Red Bull KTM teammates – two-time 450MX champion Ryan Dungey and 450MX rookie Ken Roczen.

In the second moto of the day, Dungey spent most of the race chasing down Roczen. Finally within striking distance on the last lap, Dungey charged hard and made his move with just a few turns left in the race, overtaking Roczen and just narrowly beating him to the checkered flag.

By virtue of a third-place finish in Moto 1 and a win in Moto 2, Dungey also took home the overall victory. Roczen emerged as the runner-up with 2-2 finishes but is just one point behind Dungey in the standings entering the next race.

Click here to watch the final lap of the battle between Dungey and Roczen.

The 250 Class was considerably less competitive. Jeremy Martin, who was flying a bit under the radar as a championship threat this year, dominated the competition – winning both of the 250MX motos by a wide margin. Racing just his second full season as a pro, the kid from Minnesota has grabbed himself the early points lead.

Visit ProMotocross.com for more video highlights and recaps from each of today’s motos.

The series stays in California next weekend when Hangtown hosts the second round.

  1. mr koyote - May 25, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Congrats to Ryan Dungey! Glen Helen reminds me of old style tracks like Carlsbad and Saddleback. Lots of elevation changes, not just an enlarged Supercross track. A win at GH surely requires exceptional fitness and skill. It also helps to get a good start!

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