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Monday, January 18, 2010
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ROCKSTAR MAKITA SUZUKI'S DUNGEY CLAIMS VICTORY IN PHOENIX

Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s rookie Supercross star Ryan Dungey took home his first Supercross 450-class win on Saturday night at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. It was Dungey’s second race as part of the AMA Supercross class, and he won by a decisive margin leading the entire 20-lap race.

Dungey was in second place after three practice sessions, and he also won the first Heat by grabbing the holeshot and leading for the entirety of the race.

At the drop of the gate for the main event, Dungey shot out and nabbed the holeshot for the second time of the night. Dungey kept his pace and led the pack around the technical track for 20 phenomenal laps. Dungey is currently in the overall points lead with 47 points!

Phoenix may be a lucky city for the 20-year-old Minnesota native since he won the Western Regional Lites class event there in 2009.

Team Manager Roger DeCoster was pleased with his team’s performance on Saturday night. When asked about the future 15 races of the Supercross series, DeCoster was realistic yet optimistic.

Dungey’s teammate Austin Stroupe also had a successful night. Stroupe grabbed the holeshot in Heat 2, finishing fourth and putting himself in the main event. As Dungey took the holeshot in the big show, Stroupe was right behind him in the second spot. Stroupe is set to compete in the Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites class this year on the RM-Z250, but is filling in for Matt Moss in the AMA Supercross class aboard the RM-Z450 for the next few rounds.

DeCoster was happy with how things went for the 19-year-old North Carolina native.

The next race will be at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., on January 23.

Supercross
1. Ryan Dungey
2. Ryan Villopoto
3. Joshua Hill
4. Ivan Tedesco
5. Andrew Short
6. Kevin Windham
7. Austin Stroupe
8. Justin Brayton
9. David Millsaps
10. Thomas Hahn

Supercross Lites
1. Jake Weimer
2. Ryan Morais
3. Blake Wharton
4. Wil Hahn
5. Broc Tickle
6. Cole Seely
7. Trey Canard
8. Tommy Searle
9. Robert Kiniry
10. Phillip Nicoletti


 

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