DUNGEY LANDS ON THE PODIUM AGAIN IN OAKLAND!
published at 28.01.2013 / created by Christy LaCurelle
OAKLAND, California – Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey put his KTM back on the podium at the fourth round of the Monster Energy Supercross Series in the 450 SX Class after fighting his way from a near last place start to 3rd overall.
Ryan Dungey had a great day all around at the O. Co Coliseum. He finished with the fastest lap time in the final practice session of the day and went on to race in the first heat. In his heat, he earned a 3rd place start and quickly passed into 2nd. He maintained his pace and finished in 2nd position to easily qualify in the main event.
When the gate dropped for the main event, Dungey rounded the first corner in the middle of the pack. As he headed toward the second corner, Chad Reed swapped out and crashed taking out multiple riders with him. As the riders fell around Dungey, his bike got pushed to the outside of the track. Dungey fell back in position, but luckily, didn’t crash and was able to move around the fallen riders. Although at the back of the pack, he quickly began to pick up ground. A few laps into the race he had already moved into the top ten. At the halfway point he had moved into the top five, and from there, he began to close on the top three riders. He passed Mike Alessi to take over 4th position and a lap later moved around Justin Brayton to move into a podium spot.
Dungey continued to close the gap on the 2nd place ride of Davi Millsaps until the final lap. Dungey crossed the finish line just a few bike lengths behind him to claim his second podium of the season. Dungey’s speed was definitely evident to all who watched him in Oakland and his determination to get back up front landed him a podium spot. Now four rounds into the season, Dungey sits 4th overall in the point standings.
Next Round: Anaheim III – February 2, 2013
Results 450 SX Class Oakland
1. Ryan Villopoto (USA), Kawasaki, 18:56.872 min (20 laps)
2. Davi Millsaps (USA), Suzuki, +10.197 sec
3. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM, +13.040
4. Trey Canard (USA), Honda, +22.297
5. Mike Alessi (USA), Suzuki, +32.353
Standings 450 SX Class after 4 of 17 rounds
1. Millsaps, 85 points
2. Canard, 78
3. Villopoto, 77
4. Dungey, 68
5. Chad Reed (USA), Honda, 65