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Rockstar Suzuki report Supercross Toronto

SX Race Report

Rockstar Makita Suzuki riders Ryan Dungey, Austin Stroupe, and Ryan Morais took three podium spots on the technical track inside Toronto’s Rogers Centre. It was round 10 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship Series, a FIM Championship.

Injured Yamaha rider James Stewart, the defending SX champion, and Kawasaki-mounted Chad Reed, two-time Supercross champion, did not compete.

The start of the Supercross main event was tight with Dungey coming out in third position on his RM-Z450. He had a hard time getting around Honda Red Bull Racing’s Trey Canard (filling in for injured Andrew Short on the factory CRF450F) but after a few laps in third he was able to pass him.

At that point, the gap to leader Ryan Villopoto, on a Monster Energy Kawasaki KX450F, was over seven seconds. Small rock was technical with some serious marbles and littered with small rocks that made the roost of the bikes, especially the 450s, fierce.

By the time the checkered flag flew, Dungey had closed the gap quite a bit, but it was not enough and second place was as good as it would get. Dungey still enjoys a 17-point lead and is looking forward to the next race in Texas.

Ryan Dungey Speaks… SX Toronto

"I always want to get the win, but we have a great team and will just keep working hard and trying to improve," Dungey said after the race. "We are going to be strong in Texas, and hope to get back on the top spot by then."

Ryan Morais (who is filling in for injured Matt Moss) took a nasty spill in his timed practice session. After much discussion, it was recommended that he sit out the evening program, as he was too sore to be effective.

In the Lites main, Austin Stroupe on his RM-Z250 found himself with a top-three start and by the end of lap one had settled into second place. Although he kept eventual winner Team Geico Honda’s Justin Barcia (Honda CRF250F) close, Stroupe was not able to make a pass and owned second place once again.

Toronto marks Stroupe’s fourth straight podium finish (2nd place all four races) and he closed to within 7 points of series leader Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit rider Christophe Pourcel.

Stroupe was not happy with second, but was looking at the big picture.

Austin Stroupe Speaks… SX Lites Toronto

"I’m really disappointed that I didn’t get the win, but I rode well and it was nice to close in on the points lead," Stroupe said. "I’m still looking for wins though, not seconds."

AMA Supercross Race Results: Toronto
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Trey Canard
4. Ivan Tedesco
5. Kevin Windham
6. Josh Hill
7. Nick Wey
8. Tommy Hahn
9. Justin Brayton
10. Matt Boni

AMA Supercross Point Standings
1. Ryan Dungey, 214
2. Ryan Villopoto, 197
3. Josh Hill, 177
4. Davi Millsaps, 152
5. Kevin Windham, 147
10. Tommy Hahn, 89

Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Race Results
1. Justin Barcia
2. Austin Stroupe
3. Christophe Pourcel
4. Dean Wilson
5. Ryan Sipes
6. Brett Metcalfe
7. Kyle Cunningham
8. Troy Adams
9. Mike Willard
10. Nico Izzi

Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Point Standings
1. Christophe Pourcel, 95
2. Austin Stroupe, 88
3. Dean Wilson, 71
4. Brett Metcalfe, 65
5. Justin Barcia, 64
7. Blake Baggett, 46

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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