Ryan Dungey Atlanta SX Images

Atlanta Supercross

Rockstar Makita’s Ryan Dungey rode a strong race and put his Yosh-equipped Suzuki RM-Z 450 on the podium with a second-place finish during the eighth round of the 2011 AMA / FIM Supercross Championship at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA.

Dungey, the reigning Supercross and AMA Motocross champ, looked strong all day, starting off with the fastest time in the afternoon"s timed practices. After a tough start in his SX heat race, he put in eight laps but only finished in sixth.

In the SX main, Dungey and his Suzuki RM-Z 450 put him out of the gate and he quickly found himself in fourth place in the extremely fast-paced race. Dungey rode a strong and consistent 20-laps and took advantage of a last lap incident by the leaders to grab second place.

Ryan Dungey (2011 Suzuki RM-Z 450) says: "My Rockstar Makita Suzuki team really did a good job on the bike today. I ended up having the fastest time in practice, which was cool. I had a bad start in my heat race and that wasn"t all that good, but it’s the main that counts.

"I got off to a pretty good start, but I got shut off a little. I was sitting in fourth most of the time but then was able to move my way into second at the end of the race, which is good. I"m right below the top step of the podium and consistent. I just gotta keep my head down and keep plugging away.

"I’m looking forward to Daytona. I like Daytona; it’s always fun. It’s a tough track and it"s different, It’s supercross, but it"s a bit rougher and the layout is different. I’m going to get back home, work on the track, and get ready for Daytona."

Ryan Dungey and the rest of the 2011 Rockstar Makita Suzuki team will next be at the AMA Supercross event on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL.

You can meet Ryan Dungey and his Supercross team on Friday, March 4, from 5 to 6 PM at Deland Suzuki, 2610 S. Woodland Boulevard, Deland, Florida.