Ryan Dungey: Rules Vegas, Onto Hangtown
Las Vegas Report
"I wanted to end the season with a bang," Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey said after the final round of the 2010 AMA/FIM World Supercross Championship on Saturday night.
Actually, Dungey said everything he needed to say on the track by leading every one of the 20 laps at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, and taking his sixth win of the season.
Dungey was crowned the 2010 Supercross Champion of the series in Seattle, but after two tough mud races, the rookie was ready to prove that he earned his championship the old fashioned way – by being the fastest guy on the track.
Ryan Dungey says: "Coming off the last two SX weekends it was a little rough," Dungey said, "so I wanted to come out and win in Las Vegas. The whole Rockstar Makita Suzuki team was great, and I was able to lead consistent laps and then win. I’m really pumped on that!"
Dungey set the fastest time in practice, and proceeded to go even faster once the gate dropped for the main event. He grabbed the holeshot and never looked back, leading every lap to a decisive victory in front of a packed stadium.
Dungey capped his 2010 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship with a phenomenal night of racing, and he’s now focusing on getting himself and his fuel-injected RM-Z450 ready for the Outdoor National series that starts in two weeks.
Roger DeCoster says: "It was nice to win, and the way he won it was good," Team Manager Roger DeCoster said. "Ryan was fast in practice, won his heat race, got the holeshot, and he won like a champ. It was a good way to end the season for us, and now we’ll focus on getting ready for the Outdoors and hopefully pick up there where we left off here."
Dungey came up through the Suzuki Amateur program and won the 2009 Lites Motocross title and Western Regional Lites Supercross title, as well as winning the Motocross des Nations.
With his 2010 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship, the 20-year-old Dungey is the youngest champion ever and also only the second rookie ever to claim the title.
The Outdoor Motocross National Series begins on May 22 at Hangtown, and Dungey and his Suzuki RM-Z450 plan to continue racing and winning. James Stewart and Chad Reed may have something to say about that…