#1 Ryan Dungey (Red Bull KTM):
It has been a rough couple of months for the reigning champion Ryan Dungey as he has watched his points lead slip away. Well, now his lead is basically non-existent, but the Champ showed in St. Louis that he’s ready to battle for it.
Despite still losing to Eli Tomac, Dungey relit the flame for all of his followers: the Dunge is back! It looked to be another disappoint race for him initially, as Tomac passed and then quickly gapped. At one point it even looked like he was going to once again lose 2nd place to his teammate Marvin Musquin, but Dungey slowly figured things out and started to turn it around. By the halfway point, Dungey was reeling Tomac back in!
It looked like we were in for an exciting race, as Tomac’s lead was shrinking and Dungey was on a roll. However, he got stuck behind Chad Reed for 3 laps as he was lapping him, and the race was over. Nonetheless, Dungey’s fire has been relit, and he showed promise! That promise alone is impressive considering the absolute domination that Tomac has been displaying. For a moment there, as Dungey was catching Eli, Dungey regained control in this championship. Even it was just a moment, that’s the Dungey we all know and expect, and it’s promising to see that as the series nears it’s end. Dungey’s ability to regroup and catch Tomac for that brief while displays his championship mentality, and makes him the Most Impressive Rider at St. Louis.
4 races left… 4 points between the two of them. Can Dungey hold off the charging Tomac?
Cover photo from Transworld Motocross