ROCKSTAR MAKITA SUZUKI’S RYAN DUNGEY FIFTH AND BRETT METCALFE EIGHTH AT PHOENIX SUPERCROSS
Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey piloted his Makita tools tuned Suzuki RM-Z450 to a fifth-place finish last night at the second round of the 2011 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship in front of a packed house at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ. Teammate Brett Metcalfe rode a strong race as well, scoring an eighth-place finish in the 20-lap main event.
Dungey has finished in the top five in both races so far this season
Dungey started the evening with a fourth-place finish in his heat race. In the main event, he started seventh but his RM-Z powered him to third by the second turn. A tough first lap put Dungey back to seventh, but he was able to put together some impressive laps and work his way up to a fifth-place finish.
"We didn't have the best of days, but I'm proud of the entire Rockstar Makita Suzuki team," said Dungey. "We are in this together, whether they be good nights or those that don't get you a win. The track was real tricky tonight, with slick spots all over the place. It wasn't a track you could really push forward on. It was like we were riding on marbles in some turns. We are going right back to work this week. I'm looking forward to LA."
Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Brett Metcalfe started out the night with a seventh-place finish in his heat race. After an eleventh-place start and despite a minor get-off, Metcalfe methodically worked up to an eighth-place finish in the main event.
"Practices went pretty good," said Metcalfe. "I went into the heat race and got a bad start, but I was feeling pretty good and put in some good laps on my Suzuki. But then I missed a triple and lost my rhythm; ended up falling and got tight. So that was disappointing. My Rockstar Makita Suzuki team was able to make some changes to the bike that really helped me in the main. I didn’t get a good start, but I was able to ride much more solid and my bike was working really well. I’m happy with another eighth-place and we’ll continue to make little improvements and get better as we go along. I’m really looking forward to next week at Dodger Stadium – I think it’s going to be a real exciting venue."
The 2011 Rockstar Makita Suzuki team’s next event is Saturday, January 22nd, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA.