News 12 May 2010

AMA SX: Dungey reflects on dream rookie 450 season

Dungey capped off his 2010 season with a victory in Las Vegas.

Dungey capped off his 2010 season with a victory in Las Vegas.

Newly-crowned AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, title winner Ryan Dungey has reflected on his dream rookie season after finishing up with a victory in Las Vegas’ season finale last weekend.

The 20-year-old is the youngest ever AMA champion, becoming just the second rookie in the history of the sport behind Jeremy McGrath to claim the AMA crown at his first attempt.

“I wanted to end the season with a bang,” said the Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider. “Coming off the last two weekends it was a little rough, so I wanted to come out and win in Las Vegas. The whole Rockstar Makita Suzuki team was great, and I was able to lead consistent laps and then win. I’m really pumped on that!”

Dungey lead all 20 laps at Sam Boyd Stadium to win ahead of Australia’s Chad Reed on Saturday night, clinching his sixth win of the season. Dungey was crowned champion in Seattle, but after two tough mud races, the rookie was ready to prove that he earned his championship the old fashioned way – by being the fastest guy on the track.

After setting the fastest time in practice, Dungey proceeded to go even faster once the gate dropped for the main event, where he grabbed the holeshot and never looked back, leading every lap to a decisive victory in front of a packed stadium.

Dungey is now focusing on getting himself and his fuel-injected RM-Z450 ready for the Outdoor National series that starts in two weeks.

“It was nice to win, and the way he won it was good,” said team manager Roger DeCoster. “Ryan was fast in practice, won his heat race, got the holeshot, and he won like a champ. It was a good way to end the season for us and now we’ll focus on getting ready for the Outdoors and hopefully pick up there where we left off here.”

Dungey came up through the Suzuki Amateur program and won the 2009 Lites Motocross title and Western Regional Lites Supercross title, as well as winning the Motocross des Nations.

The outdoor Motocross National Championship begins on 22 May at Hangtown in California.