ROCKSTAR MAKITA SUZUKI'S DUNGEY RALLIES TO MAINTAIN LEAD
Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s ace Supercross class racer Ryan Dungey went into Round 4 of the series on Saturday night the points leader, and he leaves San Francisco’s AT&T Field still in the lead with 90 points. Dungey finished fourth in the main event, after leading the race for the first half.
With a shortened practice schedule due to rain that fell in San Francisco in the days leading up to the race, riders were given a total of 15 minutes of practice before the heat races. After timed practice, Dungey was in the second spot with a time of 53.337. During Heat 1, Dungey was second for most of the 8 laps, but he clipped a Tuff Block in the final laps and finished 6th.
As the gate dropped for the main event, Dungey came out with the holeshot. At his best, he had more than a 9-second lead on the field about half way through the race. The rhythm section he had troubles with during heat race proved to be his nemesis, and Dungey’s boot caught in a rut, resulting in the racer separating from his bike. With the gap he had given himself with great line choice, Dungey was able to get back on his bike in second place. The 20-year-old rookie from Minnesota crossed the finish line in fourth spot after struggling with a bent clutch lever and a bent front brake rotor, which left him essentially without a front brake for the rest of the race.
Team Manager Roger DeCoster was feeling confident going into the race, and afterwards was happy that his racer was uninjured.
Dungey is looking forward to practicing for next week’s San Diego race. Austin Stroupe, Dungey’s Rockstar Makita Suzuki teammate who is filling in on the RM-Z450 in the Supercross class for Matt Moss, missed the race due to illness. He is expected to return to action in San Diego.
AT&T PARK - SAN FRANCISCO, CA
1 #2 Ryan D Villopoto, Kawasaki KX450F
2 #75 Joshua R Hill, Yamaha YZ450F
3 #18 David D Millsaps, Honda CRF450R
4 #5 Ryan M Dungey, Suzuki RM-Z450
5 #29 Andrew T Short, Honda CRF450R
6 #23 Justin D Brayton , Yamaha YZ450F
7 #9 Ivan Tedesco, Yamaha YZ450F +25.899 14 Valli Motorsports
8 #27 Nicholas A Wey, Kawasaki KX450F
9 #10 Thomas K Hahn, Suzuki RM-Z450
Round 5 of the AMA Supercross series will take place at Qualcomm Stadium on February 6.