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Yoshimura: Seattle Supercross Report

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To say the Supercross track in Seattle was a tough one would be an understatement. After being pounded by rain all week, the treacherous whoop sections became soft and rutted during Saturday’s race at Qwest Field.

Seattle presented a tough track for Yoshimura’s race team, no doubt. But Yoshimura rider Ryan Dungey, despite the tough track, managed to make history. With two races left in the series, the rookie sewed up the 2010 AMA Supercross championship.

Dungey winning the title, only the second rookie ever to do so, caps off an amazing season. Dungey has been leading the series points since the second round in Phoenix, where he won his first Supercross race.

Due to his consistent riding and his Yoshimura-prepped RM-Z450, Ryan Dungey has been on top of his game and on top of the box a lot in 2010. He won five races and grabbed the holeshot in four. He ended up on the podium 10 out of 15 races and has shown the kind of dedication and talent that makes a true champion.

Despite the ever-changing conditions on the track Saturday night, Dungey was on his game in heat one, riding the track with skill and taking very necessary precaution. His Yoshimura engine propelled him to second-place in his heat, winning him a ticket straight to the main event.

Heat two saw even more exciting racing for Yoshimura as Honda teammates Davi Millsaps and Andrew Short battled it out on their CFR450s. Millsaps came out on top for first, and Short finished third.

The Supercross main event was eventful as the track deteriorated and changed with every lap. Dungey started the race in second, but the deep ruts in the whoop section caused him to fall to fourth where he finished the race. Dungey finished the race in fourth and earned enough points to become only the second rider ever to claim the AMA Supercross championship in their rookie season.

Yoshimura rider Davi Millsaps got off to a rough start and went down in the first whoop section, as well. The crash caused some trouble on the bike and he was forced to pull in to the mechanic’s area to get it straightened out.

Millsaps truly showcased his talent this race by making an amazing comeback on his Yoshimura RS-4-powered CFR450: from 19th to 5th place by the time the race ended. Millsaps put in consistently fast laps with the assistance of his Yoshimura-prepped engine, which allowed him to make such an incredible recovery from his pit stop in the first lap.

Andrew Short competed in his third race since his injury in San Diego had him sit out a majority of the season, and showed that he’s capable of competing with the best. Short moved around on leader board for much of the race and was able to pull off a ninth place finish on the treacherous track with his Yoshimura RS-4 exhaust on his Honda.

Round 16 of the AMA Supercross series takes place on Saturday, May 1, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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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