Suzuki’s rookie 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 Supercross 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.
San Francisco will now always have significance for Ryan Villopoto. Because last night the Washington native took his first premiere class main event win of the 2010 Supercross season. Ryan Dungey, the Cinderella rookie and current points leader, had a fall and ruined his chance for another fairytale moment (following wins at Anaheim and Phoenix) ultimately finishing fourth.
Villopoto San Francisco Interview
Click video to see Ryan Villopoto’s exclusive interview with Ashley Phillips after round 4 of his exciting racing action at the 2010 Supercross in San Francisco. Ryan Villopoto made his ’09 debut in the 450 class after three championship years in Supercross Lites. As a rookie in the premier Superscross class during the 2009 season, Villopoto showed his ability to win.
San Francisco Race Summary
Click video to watch Jason Weigandt and Jim Holley provide a complete race wrap-up after an exciting evening of Supercross from San Francisco. Both Chad Reed and James Stewart are out with injuries for at least the next few weeks of racing action. The misfortunes of the Supercross favorites have provided an opportunity for many of the Supercross challengers.
Trey Canard proved his riding ability in 2008 by winning the Supercross Lites East championship in his rookie campaign. Saturday night in San Francisco, the 19-year-old Lites rider showed he could handle the action out west as well by winning his first race of the year at AT&T Park.
The victory extended an impressive streak for Canard’s GEICO Powersports Honda team, which has now placed a rider on the podium at all four races in the 2010 Monster Energy Series. As the season reaches the quarter mark, Canard is a solid second in the 250 West Standings.
Before 41,872 raging race fans, at San Franciso’s AT&T Park tonight, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto won his first Monster Energy AMA Supercross (an FIM World Championship) race. GEICO Powersports Honda’s Trey Canard, of Shawnee, won his first Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class race of the season, leading wire-to-wire.
San Francisco SX
Once again, the world of Supercross racing is proving just how unpredictable it can be. It was reported late last night that James Stewart underwent surgery to repair a broken bone in his hand that x-rays following his heat race crash at the Phoenix round, January 16, evidently missed. As a result, Stewart will miss tonight’s San Francisco round.
Ryan Dungey, the current 2010 AMA Supercross class points leader, brings a 15-point lead into tomorrow night’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, at San Francisco’s AT&T Park and a two-race win streak.
Since 1974, the first rider to win two AMA Supercross class main events in a season has gone on to win the championship 17 times. Ryan Dungey, who is riding in his first full season as a rookie in the AMA Supercross class will compete for his third consecutive win this season.
Ryan Dungey Speaks…
It takes a special person to enjoy the Bay Area on a rainy weekend in January, but when Supercross rider Kevin Windham arrives in town for this Saturday’s race at AT&T Park he’ll undoubtedly be excited about the prospect of getting dirty.
"It’s pretty much a given in our sport that when the racetrack is muddy, K-Dub is the man to beat," said Jeff Majkrzak, co-owner of Windham’s GEICO Powersports Honda race team. "For whatever reason, he just handles the mud better than anyone I’ve ever seen. I’m sure he won’t be upset if it rains all day."
Monster Energy Kawasaki has named Nick Wey as an interim Supercross 450cc rider while Chad Reed recovers from a broken hand. Wey comes to Kawasaki’s factory Supercross effort after racing the first three events aboard a privateer Kawasaki KX 450F.
"Nick is a really good fit for the team," said Monster Energy Kawasaki Supercross Team Manager Mike Fisher. "He has been riding with Ryan during the week and he is already familiar with the bike. Nick is a good rider.