With defending champion Ryan Villopoto out of the picture, the 2014 outdoor motocross nationals have been the most competitive they’ve been in a while, although a handful of popular riders are still making up the front of the pack. The two main KTM riders, 450 standout rookie Ken Roczen and former two-time champ Ryan Dungey, have been the most impressive overall, each capturing one of the first two overall wins this season. But other names such as Josh Grant, James Stewart, Trey Canard, and Villopoto’s fill-in rider Brett Metcalfe have all put together very solid motos in the 450 class, keeping the points tight and the races even tighter.
After this past Saturday’s race at Thunder Valley, we now have 4 different moto winners through 3 rounds with James Stewart taking moto 1 and joining Grant, Roczen and Dungey in the list of riders with 450 class wins this year. Unfortunately for Stewart, the first moto win wasn’t enough, and his finish in 3rd place in moto 2 gave him a 1-3 for the day and left the door open for Roczen, finishing with a 2-1, to take the overall.
Ken Roczen also had a strong start to this year’s supercross season, finishing 1st in his first 450 main event ever, but ended up getting outraced by the star veterans over the duration of the season and dropping down in points. Only time will tell if Roczen is more conditioned to take on the entire 450 season at the elite level he has been racing so far.
To see what else went down this weekend, check out the official highlight video of Thunder Valley below.