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Ken Roczen Crowned 450 Class Champion in Utah

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The 12th and final stop of the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, came to a championship conclusion at Miller Motorsports Park at the Zions Bank Utah National on Saturday August 23, 2014.

With the 250 Class title decided, all eyes were on the 450 Class battle between Redbull KTM teammates Ken Roczen (points leader) and Ryan Dungey with only 20 points separating them entering the final 2 Moto heats of the season.

Trey Canard went wire to wire from holeshot to finish in 450 Class Moto 1, with Dungey finishing second gaining two points towards catching Roczen who rode ultra conservative.

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Brett Metcalfe (24) Left: Trey Canard (41) Center: Ken Roczen (94) Right; Lap One Holeshot; 450 Class; 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Zion’s Bank Utah National; Miller Motorsports Park; August 23, 2014; Photo: Tyler Tate/T Squared Action Sports

Canard, Roczen, Dungey and Eli Tomac separated themselves from the rest of the field quickly and the four battled for the Moto 1 podium. Out front, Canard landed his third Moto win in four attempts, followed by Dungey and Roczen in second and third respectively.

“Ive been able to finish this season on a strong note,” Canard said. “Three moto wins for me is a great accomplishment and it creates a lot of team momentum as we end the outdoor season and look towards the Supercross season.”

Canard kept the immediate momentum going as he went wire to wire again capturing the holeshot and the win in Moto 2. Dungey once again came from behind to pass teammate Roczen for second place but it was not enough to overtake the points lead as Roczen crossed the finish line in forth but with the championship win.

“My comfort level has grown in the last few weeks,” Canard said after the Moto 2 win. “It’s no secret we have made a few changes, and it turned into instant confidence for me and you can see the results. I have to attribute this to the team as a whole and we have had a lot of fun together.”

With a 3-4 finish in the two mottos, Roczen finished 14 points ahead of Dungey for the Championship win, making him the first German native to win a Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship and the 23rd different 450 Class winner in the series 43 year history.

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Ken Roczen (94); 450 Class; 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Zion’s Bank Utah National; Miller Motorsports Park; August 23, 2014; Photo: Tyler Tate/T Squared Action Sports

“Not going to lie, I was really nervous about today,” Roczen said. “I just didn’t want to talk about it and I just wanted to go out there and ride. I tried to not think about it but honestly it was hard to put it out of my mind. Today I was able to do what I needed and made the championship happen. This is a huge accomplishment for me and the team.”

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Ken Roczen, 450 Class Champion; 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Zion’s Bank Utah National; Miller Motorsports Park; August 23, 2014; Photo: Tyler Tate/T Squared Action Sports

Crowd favorite Chad Reed rode well but finished outside of the top ten. The loudest cheers from the crowd where heard when Reed would pass by in front of them.

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Chad Reed (22); 450 Class; 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Zion’s Bank Utah National; Miller Motorsports Park; August 23, 2014; Photo: Tyler Tate/T Squared Action Sports

Despite previously clinching the 250 Class Championship last weekend, Jeremy Martin finished his season with a 1-1 finish in both Motos taking his season total Moto wins to ten.

“Last week I discovered something in my bike set up that definitely helped me here in the changing track conditions throughout the day,” Martin said. “To be able to go 1-1 today was nice because it shows why I won the championship. I choose good starts and rode great lines.”

Utah native Landen Powell ended his season on a positive note earning his first Moto points finishing 20-20 in both Motos.

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Landen Powell (854); 250 Class; 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Zion’s Bank Utah National; Miller Motorsports Park; August 23, 2014; Photo: Tyler Tate/T Squared Action Sports

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