Saturday, January 16, 2010

Dungey wins in Phoenix, takes over lead in AMA Supercross standings

Rookie Ryan Dungey won his first career AMA Supercross race, taking the checkered flag at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz., and moving into first place in the Supercross standings.
Dungey took the lead in the race on the first lap in a race that was reigning Supercross champion James Stewart finish 15th. Chad Reed, the 2008 Supercross champion, did not finish for the second week in a row. Reed broke a spoke on the second lap of the season opener at Angel Stadium two weeks ago. He crashed with Stewart on lap five and did not return to finish the race. Stewart, who crashed in his heat race and had to win the last-chance qualifier to make the field for the final race, continued after crashing with Reed.
Dungey's win in Phoenix combined with a runner-up finish in Anaheim puts him nine points ahead of Ryan Villopoto in the Supercross standings.
“I’m just pumped on the nice performance (tonight),” Dungey said. “This is a big step in my career. I owe a lot of thanks to all the people supporting me. I’m glad to get this out of the way and I’ll never forget it. It’s early in the season and last week was tough. James was on it and I hope he’s ok. It’s just great to come out with a win here in round two.”
Stewart, the winner in the season-opening race in Anaheim, is seventh in the Supercross standings after two races.
Villopoto finished second in the Phoenix race, followed by Murrieta's Josh Hill in third. Ivan Tedesco of Murrieta was fourth and Andrew Short of Smithville, Texas, was fifth.
Reports are circulating on Twitter that Reed broke his hand in the crash with Stewart. 

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