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Jacksonville SX: Dungey Back on Podium

2011 AMA Supercross

Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Ryan Dungey rode a strong race aboard his all-powerful Yoshimura-equipped Suzuki RM-Z450, claiming a third-place podium finish last night at the 11th round of the 2011 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.

Dungey's teammate Brett Metcalfe sat out once again to continue his recovery from recent crashes in Atlanta and Daytona Supercross. Metcalfe is hopeful to return to action at next week's Supercross event in Toronto.

Dungey rode determined in practice, grabbing the second fastest time in timed qualifying. After a good start in his Supercross heat race, Dungey's RM-Z powered him to the front for a convincing win.

After a decent start in the main, Dungey was able to work his way up to third position by the end of the first lap. Dungey rode tenaciously on his RM-Z450 but couldn't quite catch the leaders and crossed the line, claiming a third-place podium finish. Dungey's consistent results have paid off, as the Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider now sits third in the championship points race.

Ryan Dungey (Rockstar Makita Suzuki RMZ450) says: "All in all, today was a good day. My Rockstar Makita Suzuki felt great, practice was good, and the bike settled in really well too. Going into the night race, I got a good start in my heat race and got the heat win. In the main, I got caught up in the pack a little bit but was able to work up to third.

"I was trying to gain on the leaders, but I just couldn't make up enough time and then made a pretty big mistake on my part. Overall, I think it was a great night and big step in the right direction. I'm looking forward to Canada. It's a big stadium and the track layout is pretty amazing there. It will be good to go to another country as well. Hopefully we can get good starts and put ourselves in a good position there."

The 2011 Rockstar Makita Suzuki team's next event is Saturday, March 26th, at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON, Canada.

Jacksonville Supercross Class Results:

1. Trey Canard

2. Chad Reed

3. Ryan Dungey

4. Kevin Windham

5. Andrew Short

6. Ivan Tedesco

7. Mike Alessi

8. Austin Stroupe

9. Nicholas Wey

10. Chris Blose

2011 Supercross Class Standings:

1. Ryan Villopoto – 221

2. Chad Reed – 214

3. Ryan Dungey – 203

4. James Stewart – 198

5. Trey Canard – 194

6. Andrew Short – 145

7. Justin Brayton – 121

8. Kevin Windham – 121

9. David Millsaps – 118

10. Brett Metcalfe – 107

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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