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Ryan Dungey: A1 Supercross Report

Anaheim 1 SX Report

The motorcycle racing action began at the 2011 AMA Supercross (FIM Championship) season last Saturday night in Anaheim, Calf. and the reining champ Ryan Dungey returned with Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki ready for a battle.

In one of the most competitive fields in Supercross history, Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey and his Yoshimura-equipped Suzuki RM-Z450 were strong all evening long and finished out the night with a second-place podium finish in the first 450 main event of the 17-round season.

Dungey started the Supercross motorcycle racing event with a solid ride in his qualifying heat race, which resulted in a third-place finish.

In the main SX race event, his Suzuki RM-Z450 powered him to a fourth-place start, putting him in a great position for the 20-lap event. Dungey moved past his teammate, Brett Metcalfe, for third and eventually passed for second place, which is where he finished up the night.

Ryan Dungey (2011 Suzuki RM-Z450) says: This is a great start to the season," comments the reining Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross champion.

"We started out a little slow in practice, but the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team was able to make some good adjustments and by the main we had a great setup for my Suzuki RM-Z450. I got a decent start and was about fourth, and I worked my way up to second.

"Ryan Villopoto was just a little too far ahead to catch, but I’m real happy with the second place finish. It’s a good start and we’ll take from what we’ve learned and keep moving forward. I’m looking forward to Phoenix; it’s been good for me the last couple of years and I’m looking for a good race there."

2011 Anaheim 1 Supercross Results

  1. Ryan Villopoto – Kawasaki KX 450 F
  2. Ryan Dungey – Suzuki RM-Z 450
  3. James Stewart – Yamaha YZ 450 F
  4. Trey Canard – Honda CRF 450 R
  5. Chad Reed – Honda CRF 450 R
  6. Kevin Windham – Honda CRF 450 R
  7. Ivan Tedesco – Kawasaki KX 450 F
  8. Brett Metcalfe – Suzuki RM-Z 450
  9. Josh Grant – Honda CRF 450 R
  10. Andrew Short – KTM 350 SX-F

Ryan Dungey and 2011 Rockstar Makita Suzuki Supercross team will be at next the event on Saturday, Jan. 15, at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ.

You can meet the Rockstar Makita Suzuki Supercross riders at RideNow Powersports, 8546 West Ludlow Drive, in Peoria, AZ from 6 – 7 PM on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011.

Photos by Mike Hill from Ultimate MotorCycling

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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