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Ryan Dungey & Suzuki: Pala Bound

AMA MX

Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey already has the title in the bag, but he is a fierce competitor and is looking for his 10th win of his rookie 450 Motocross season aboard the championship-winning Suzuki fuel-injected RM-Z450.

Dungey has won 17 motos out of 22 so far this year, and is focused on adding to that tally at the season finale, which kicks off with Moto 1 at 1 p.m. PST.

Ryan Dungey says: “I’m going to go out there and race. I’m really looking forward to it, and it should be a good one.”

Dungey made headlines this year when he won the AMA Supercross title, only the second rookie ever to do so and also the youngest at age 20.

All eyes were on Ryan at the season opener of the Outdoor series at Hangtown, but with all his attention on clinching the Supercross trophy, he had less development time to prepare for the National series and finished eighth overall.

He and his Rockstar Makita Suzuki crew set out immediately to step up their game for the rest of the Motocross season, and they did just that. By the next round at Texas’ Freestone MX track, Dungey was on a mission to prove that he and his RM-Z450 were champions.

Dungey won Freestone and then just kept on winning. He went on to take nine overall victories in a row and clinched the AMA Pro Motocross title at Round 10 of the 12-event circuit, making him one of the most prolific and successful rookies ever in the history of motocross.

Suzuki Rider Ryan Dungey Quick Facts:

* Ryan Dungey is prepared to race on Saturday at the final round of the 2010 AMA Pro Motocross series in Pala, Calif.

* Dungey has won nine overalls in a row this year and is looking to take his 10th victory at the end of the day tomorrow.

* The RM-Z450 has given Dungey all the power he needs to make his rookie year aboard the machine one for the record books, winning both the AMA Supercross and the AMA Pro Motocross championships.

Saturday’s race at Pala will be the first time a National event will be held at the track. Expect warm weather, clear skies, and a podium finish from Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey.

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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