AMA Motocross Championship Series - Round 12
Steel City Raceway
August 29, 2009
Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey celebrated his first AMA Motocross 250 class championship at the final round of the series at Steel City Raceway in Delmont, Pennsylvania, on Saturday afternoon. Dungey came into the final round leading the championship by 17 points and when the gate dropped, the young Minnesota rider did not disappoint. Dungey rode two impressive motos on his Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z250, finishing second overall after carding two second-place motos finishes.
In the 450 class, Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Michael Byrne finished the season in fourth place overall in the championship standings and he finished the final race of the year with a sixth-place overall. Australian Byrne had a great first moto, getting a good start on his Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 and working his way up into third place. In the second moto, Byrne struggled a bit and finished in ninth place. Rockstar Makita Suzuki teammate and newly crowned 2009 AMA Motocross Champion Chad Reed joined Byrne on the podium in the first moto, thanks to a second-place result. In the second moto, however, a nasty stomach illness caught up to Reed and he retired early since the ‘09 championship was already wrapped up. Even so, his overall result in the final race of the year was 10th place.
“I don’t know what to say, it’s been an awesome season and it’s amazing to win this championship. Thanks to the whole Rockstar Makita Suzuki team, we never gave up and we just kept pushing. I couldn’t have won the championship without the support of the team and my friends and family and the fans. I’m just super-pumped to finish the season out like this.”
AMA Motocross 450 Class Top 10 Overall Event Finishers:
6. Michael Byrne, Rockstar Makita Suzuki
10. Chad Reed, Rockstar Makita Suzuki
AMA Motocross 250 Class Top 10 Overall Event Finishers:
2. Ryan Dungey, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing