ARLINGTON, Texas – Red Bull/KTM Factory Team rider Ryan Dungey impressed the Texas crowd during the seventh round of the AMA Supercross Series held at the Cowboy Stadium when he came from a poor start to finish 2nd overall for the night.
Dungey had a rough start to the day when he suffered a crash in the first lap of his heat. A rider swapped in front of Dungey forcing him to jump to the other side which knocked him off balance in the middle of the pack. Luckily Dungey was able to avoid colliding with any other riders and quickly picked his bike up to get back in the action. He restarted in last position and worked the entire eight laps passing forward to move into qualifying position. With a lap to go he moved into 9th place and crossed the checkers in the final transfer spot.
Dungey had his work cut out for him again in the main event. This time he had a great jump off the gate but got pushed back in the first corner and came into the first rhythm section in 14th place. He quickly moved into the top ten in the first lap and continued to pick up positions from there. On lap thirteen he made the pass against Windham for 5th and then passed Mike Alessi for 4th two laps later. With only five laps to go he started to reel in the 3rd place ride of Jake Weimer. With two laps to go, Dungey was on Weimer’s rear wheel. He made the pass once after a rhythm section but Weimer was able to get him back. On the final lap, Dungey charged again and this time made the pass stick to takeover 2nd position. He crossed the finish line a few turns later to take home 2nd for the night and move up to 2nd in the overall point standings.
“I felt really good tonight,” remarked Dungey. “Our team made some great improvements to the bike over the last week and I felt very comfortable all day. I’m glad I was able to make the pass on the final lap. I am happy with my finish tonight and am grateful to the Red Bull/KTM Team for all their hard work.”
Next Round: Atlanta,GA – February 25, 2012
Results Supercross Arlington
1. Ryan Villopoto (USA), Kawasaki, 16:14.029 min (20 laps)
2. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM, +8.027 sec
3. Jake Weimer (USA), Kawasaki, +9.242
4. Mike Alessi (USA), Suzuki, +24.564
5. Joshua Hansen (USA), Kawasaki, +28.855
Supercross Standings afer 7 of 17 rounds
1. Villopoto, 158 points
2. Dungey, 145
3. Chad Reed (USA), Honda, 128
4. James Stewart (USA), Yamaha, 116
5. Weimer, 92
Ryan Dungey (USA)
Dungey and the KTM 450 SX-F
Podium Arlington: Jake Weimer (USA, Kawasaki), Ryan Villopoto (USA, Kawasaki), Dungey