Supercross: Dungey gets Yoshimura Trophy
The Supercross series and Yoshimura racing went out with a bang in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday night. Everything in Vegas is cooler, brighter, more exciting; and the Vegas Supercross race is no exception.
Just the start of this motorcycle race is more exhilarating than most. The riders propel out of a hidden alley into Sam Boyd Stadium, and over a ski jump that launches them down the straight and into the first turn.
Ryan Dungey was on fire in Vegas, winning his heat race and setting the tone for the main event earlier by having the fastest lap time in qualifying.
The main event, as forecasted by the qualifier, went well for 2010 Supercross Champ. Dungey got the holeshot on his RMZ450 powered by a Yoshimura RS-4 exhaust. He lead from the start and never looked back.
Dungey, who is the 2010 AMA/FIM Supercross champion, put in blisteringly fast lap times consistently for the entire 20-lap main event.
Ryan Dungey finished the season with 363 points: a 70-point lead over second place. It is the largest points gap between riders since 1999.
Dungey earned 16 top five finishes, 6 main event wins, 5 holeshots, 9 heat race wins and, of course, the 2010 AMA/FIM Supercross championship on his RM-Z450 with Yoshimura’s help.
He became the second rookie and the youngest rider to win the Supercross championship: a highly successful season for Dungey and Yoshimura.
To commemorate the amazing feat by Dungey and his team, Yoshimura made a hand-welded titanium and carbon fiber trophy unlike anything the rookie has ever seen.
The trophy features photos of Dungey as well as the Yoshimura carbon fiber RS-4 just like the one that was with Dungey every step of the way in his successful 2010 Supercross season.
The trophy was presented to Dungey during a team celebration, and the new champ was thrilled with the workmanship and creativity that went into the piece.
Ryan Dungey says: "That’s got to be the coolest trophy I’ve ever seen," Dungey said. "I’m going to find a good place to put that back at home."
Dungey is now preparing for the Outdoor National Motocross series that begins on May 22 at Hangtown.