BUCHANAN, Mich. -- Ryan Dungey raced to his fourth consecutive AMA Pro Motocross victory, sweeping the 450 Class motos Saturday at RedBud USA.
Dungey, the Red Bull KTM star from Belle Plaine, Minn., increased his lead in the season standings to 72 points over Suzuki's Mike Alessi.
Dungey has swept the motos in his four consecutive victories. Justin Brayton, the Team Honda Muscle Milk rider from Fort Dodge, Iowa, was second overall, finishing third in the first moto and fourth in the second. Team Yoshimura Suzuki's James Stewart, from Haines City, Fla., was third overall in his return to action. He was sixth in the first moto and third in the second.
"Having James [Stewart] back this week was good to add another challenge, and it's good for the sport," Dungey said. "We made some more changes to the bike coming into [today] and I think we've made even more progress. My starts were good and I knew getting out front would make life easier, having a whole track to work with. It's [too] early to think points, but you've got to be smart. With James back, you knew he'd be there, so I didn't want to downplay him. I just wanted to get a good start and see how things played out."
In the 250 Class, Kawasaki's Blake Baggett, from Grand Terrace, Calif., raced to his third victory of the season, also sweeping the motos.
"This track is one of the best on the schedule, it has a little bit of everything," Baggett said. "There's no formula to the way I ride. It just happens. I had a pitiful start in the first moto and fought my way through the pack. I got a good start in the second moto and just tipped it over. I looked at lines to see where I could pick up ground and I just took a shot [at the lead] when I had a chance."
In the Women's Motocross Championship event, Team Honda Muscle Milk's Ashley Fiolek, from St. Augustine, Fla., swept the motos for her second win of the season. Fiolek, who had to skip racing at X Games because of a concussion, hadn't raced since crashing June 2 at Thunder Valley in Lakewood, Colo.
Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki's Jessica Patterson of Tallahassee, Fla., finished 14th after breaking her hand last week but remains the WMX overall leader by nine points over second-place Tarah Gieger and 26 points over Fiolek.