SX Las Vegas
Although Ryan Dungey had clinched the 2010 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship two races ago, it didn’t stop the Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider from entertaining the crowd with an all-out performance at the season finale in Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas Saturday night.
The Belle Plaine, Minn., native would lead all 20-laps of the main event, taking his sixth AMA SX win of the 17-race season. The 20-year-old racer, who is the youngest to win a SX championship besides the legendary Jeremy McGrath, would be followed to the finish line by Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Chad Reed and GEICO Powersports Honda rider Kevin Windham.
Before 39,506 fans, Dungey, who would win the second and final heat race, grabbed the SPIKE Holeshot Award, followed by Moto Concepts/Yamaha rider Kyle Chisholm of Valrico, Fla.
In third out of the gate was Reed, but the Tampa, Fla., rider would pass Chisholm in turn two, and remain in second, chasing down Dungey for the rest of the evening. By mid-race, Dungey would have four seconds on Reed, and would win by five seconds.
Ryan Dungey says: "It was great to get the holeshot because it is crucial to having a solid race. The track got slick, but the bike worked really well. It has been an incredible season, and I am very proud of the championship."
Windham would start the race in mid pack, but would pass Honda Red Bull Racing rider Davi Millsaps of Murrieta, Calif., for fourth on lap eight. One lap later, the Centerville, Miss., native would pass Chisholm for third place, where he’d remain until the checkered flag. Windham, who is currently the oldest competitor in SX at 32 years old, arrived in Las Vegas on a two-race winning streak, taking the win in the first heat race.
Besides missing out most of the season due to injuries, Reed also missed out last week’s race in Salt Lake City due to celebrating the birth of his first child; his son Tate was born April 30. But two days after this joyous occasion, Reed’s friend and fellow Australian racer Andrew McFarlane passed away after being injured in a MX race in Melbourne, Australia.
Upon Reed’s return for Round 13 in Houston, he would finish fourth. He would follow up with a fifth-place finish in St. Louis for Round 14, but his season best was second in Las Vegas this weekend. This is the first of seven seasons racing that Reed did not win a main event.
Despite the challenges he faced this season, Chad Reed had nothing but good words for his fellow racer Dungey: "Hats off to Ryan. He’s the champ and a deserving one."
Five-time SX Champion Ricky Carmichael also remarked on Dungey: "He has an unbelievable work ethic and is a good, solid person."
During Dungey’s victorious season, only one rider was capable of challenging him for the championship, Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Ryan Villopoto. But after breaking his leg during a one-man crash in St. Louis, the Poulsbo, Wash., native was no longer a contender.
Supercross Results, Las Vegas
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki
2. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Suzuki
3. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda
4. Kyle Cunningham, Fort Worth, Texas, Yamaha
5. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda
6. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
7. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
8. Tommy Hahn, Alvord, Texas, Suzuki
9. Nick Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki
10. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Honda
Final Supercross Championship Standings
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 363 (2010 Champion)
2. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda, 293
3. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 268
4. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 266
5. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 238
6. Josh Hill, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 233
7. Nick Wey, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 197
8. Tommy Hahn, Alvord, Texas, Suzuki, 186
9. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 183
10. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha, 177