Ryan Dungey put his Yoshimura-piped Suzuki RM-Z450 back on the box, scoring a second-place podium finish last night during the sixth round of the 2011 AMA / FIM Supercross Championship at Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX.
Dungey had a solid day, tallying the second fastest time in qualifying and piloting his Suzuki motorcycle to a convincing win in his SX heat race.
In the main, Dungey was able to avoid a first turn pile-up as the Florida rider moved to second and later closed on leader Trey Canard (Honda) half-way into the 20-lap Main Event.
The pair ran wheel-to-wheel, but Canard kept the advantage. Dungey’s Rockstar-Makita-sponsored Suzuki was only enough for a close second-place finish, challenging Trey Canard and his Honda CRF450R till the end of the race.
Ryan Dungey (2011 Suzuki RM-Z 450) says: "Overall, we had a real solid day," exclaims the current MX and SX champ. "The bike felt great all day. I really owe a lot to Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki because they worked hard. We need to keep pushing and start winning these races.
"I’m really thankful for the day – coming off of last weekend was a real tough one for the whole team and myself, but this is a step in the right direction and we’ll keep building from here. It will be good to get a good solid week in and show up in San Diego with my RMZ-450 ready to go."
Dungey and the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team’s next event is Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA.
You can meet the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team riders and grab an autograph on Friday, Feb. 18 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at the Escondido Cycle Center, 1415 Montiel Road, Escondido, CA.
2011 Houston Supercross Results
1. Trey Canard – Honda 450
2. Ryan Dungey – Suzuki 450
3. Ryan Villopoto – Kawasaki 450
4. David Millsaps – Honda 450
5. Andrew Short – KTM 350
6. Chad Reed – Honda 450
7. Ken Roczen – KTM 350
8. Brett Metcalfe – Suzuki 450
9. Ivan Tedesco – Kawasaki 450
10. Mike Alessi – KTM 350
2011 Supercross Point Standings
1. Ryan Villopoto – 132
2. James Stewart – 123
3. Trey Canard – 112
4. Chad Reed – 105
5. Ryan Dungey – 101
6. Andrew Short – 80
7. Brett Metcalfe – 80
8. Justin Brayton – 65
9. David Millsaps – 62
10. Kevin Windham – 61
Suzuki Japan was founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, it has 120 distributors in 191 countries. Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) founded The Motorcycle and ATV Division of American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) in 1963.