Break Out! O’s Ryan Dungey Claims Supercross Phoenix, Tallies KTM First-Ever Victory

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Ryan Dungey made major noise with bold moves in the off-season.

Opting for a switch to KTM in efforts to reclaim his glory from 2010 Supercross and AMA Motocross Titles, Oakley’s Star Rider displayed his intentions for change. And if there were ever any doubts about his move, most were put to rest this past Saturday as he claimed a resounding Phoenix victory to hand KTM their first-ever Supercross triumph…ever.

A raucous 49,236 fans watched Ryan dominate the Main Event, wire-to-wire after a grabbing the Holeshot. Although fellow Oakley riders Davi Millsaps and Ryan Villopoto were hot on his tail, the Minnesota speed demon pulled away to cruise to victory.

But of course, behind the leader, dramatic action unfolded.

Davi hit the dirt in the track’s sand section on the opening lap – wiping out Villopoto in the process. Chad Reed and fellow Oakley Star James “Bubba” Stewart pushing forward toward the front of the pack.

The charge continued – with Reed, Bubba and RV plowing through the field. But after Bubba powered his way past Reed, Lap 7 saw him go down – effectively bumping him out of the Top 10.

Meanwhile, Dungey sailed on to take the race in bold fashion – while Villopoto claimed a solid third-place finish.

“This was a big step in right direction for KTM,” RD said, rocking his Signature Series Oakley MX Goggles. “They’ve been behind me the whole way and believed in me. We’ve come a long way since the off-season, but there’s still a lot of racing to go. I got off to a great start and (moved) into the lead early, which made it nice on myself. If it wasn’t for all these people (at KTM) working their butts off every week, this wouldn’t happen, so I owe this all to them and the rest of my sponsors.”

With the result, Oakley’s duo or Ryans (RD and RV) now share the overall Championship Standings lead – having taken the first two races, respectively.

Supercross Class Results: Phoenix
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
2. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki
3. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
4. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda
5. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Honda
6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda
7. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda
8. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
9. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki
10. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Kawasaki

Supercross Class Season Standings
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 45
2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 45
3. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Honda – 38
4. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki – 38
5. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda – 31
6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda – 29
7. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha – 28
8. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Honda – 25
9. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Kawasaki – 22
10. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki – 22

Author

Andrew De Lara

Date

January 19, 2012

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