APRIL 26, 2010 – La Mirada, CA – Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey became only the second rider to win a supercross championship in his rookie season, clinching the 2010 Supercross Championship Saturday night before 51,442 fans at Qwest Field in Seattle. The 2010 Supercross title is the latest in a growing list of championships by Makita and Suzuki sponsored athletes; the partnership has yielded over 20 championships in supercross, motocross, ATV, superbike, and more since 2005.
Dungey’s fourth place finish Saturday’s race set an insurmountable points lead with two races remaining in the season, securing the 2010 Supercross Championship.
“It’s been an amazing season to sit here after 15 rounds and be the champion,” Dungey said after the race. “It was a lot of hard work and effort put in by everybody on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team.”
“Ryan Dungey has had the look of a champion since the first time we saw him ride,” said Brent Withey, Makita senior brand manager. “When you combine Ryan’s talent and drive – not to mention his awesome speed in the corners – with the entire Rockstar Makita Suzuki Team working together, great things happen.”
Dungey, 20, is only the second rookie to win a supercross championship since Jeremy McGrath won it in 1993. Supercross heads to Salt Lake City next week before the final race of the year at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on May 8.
Makita’s Accelerated Presence in Live Racing and Action Sports
Makita and Suzuki, already a fixture in Supercross and Motocross, teamed up with Rockstar Energy Drink to form Rockstar Makita Suzuki with team riders in Supercross, Motocross, Superbike, ATV, and GNCC/Off-Road. Makita is also a sponsor of Rockstar Makita LeDuc Racing in closed-course off-road racing. In addition to live racing, Makita is the Official Power Tool Sponsor of Major League Soccer (MLS) as well as the Mexican National Soccer Team (FMF).
Makita is a worldwide manufacturer of industrial quality power tools and offers a wide range of industrial accessories. Makita utilizes leading-edge technology and innovation to engineer tools that are more compact with less weight yet deliver industrial strength power and results. Makita’s extensive line of cordless lithium-ion tools includes 18V LXT® Lithium-Ion, 18V Compact Lithium-Ion®, and 10.8V Ultra-Compact Lithium-Ion®. Other best-in-class products include rotary and demolition hammers and saws equipped with Anti-Vibration Technology™ (AVT™), 4-Cycle outdoor power equipment, Super Joint System (SJS) grinders, miter saws engineered with Deep and Exact Cutting Technology (DXT), and more. Makita U.S.A., Inc. is located in La Mirada, California, and operates an extensive distribution network located throughout the U.S. For more information, please call 800/4-MAKITA (800/462-5482) or visit the website at makitatools.com. You can follow Makita at facebook.com/makitatools, twitter.com/makitatools, and youtube.com/makitapowertools. The Makita Teal color is the trade dress of Makita Corporation and is protected under common law and registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Makita is Best in Class Engineering.