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Redux : 2017 Detroit

March 28, 2017 2:40pm

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What happened to points leader Ryan Dungey off the start last Saturday night at Ford Field in Detroit? His start, like a number of top riders, was impeded by a huge pileup in the first corner. As you can see in the video below, Dungey had to slow when a group of riders, which included Chad Reed, Justin Bogle, and Cole Seely, went down. The crash also affected Dean Wilson, Justin Barcia, Trey Canard, and Blake Baggett. 

Dungey would come back to third for his 10th podium of the season. Despite a strong comeback, Dungey saw his points lead shrink to seven as Eli Tomac won for the seventh time in the last nine races.

Seely, one of the riders down in the first corner, charged back to 10th. He issued this statement in a Honda team press release. “Tonight is such a bummer, mainly because I felt so good all day. I had a good practice and was only fourth-tenths off first, then got off to a great start in the heat race and won that pretty easy. I felt like I was in control of the heat race, didn’t make many mistakes and was just able to put down some solid laps. Unfortunately, in the main event I got hit from behind in the first turn and ran into [Dean] Wilson pretty hard on my way to the ground. It was completely out of my control. When you get off to a bad start and pick up the bike in 20th it’s hard to push forward. Once I got into 10th I was in no-man’s land with nobody close in front of me so it was hard to try and make up more ground. I’m just disappointed; I really felt like a good night was coming my way tonight.”

Reed got the worst of the crash, as he landed back-first on Bogle's bike, which looked painful, plus he was dead last after remounting. Reed’s front brake was damaged and a few laps later, he went straight in the corner prior to the finish line and went over the Tuff Blocks. His night was done after that. He finished 22nd.

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