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DUNGEY TAKES SX LITES LEAD AS REED TIES

20:16 16th February 2009 by Ray Chuss - Editor Online @chussy
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Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey has regained the lead in the AMA West Coast Supercross Lites class following his third victory of the season at Saturday’s seventh round in San Diego, California.

And in the Supercross class, team mate Chad Reed is now tied for the lead in the AMA/ FIM World Supercross series with Yamaha’s James Stewart after his sixth-consecutive runner-up position to the Yamaha rider.

Dungey led the field into the first corner, but was edged out for the Holeshot award by Ryan Morais (Kawasaki). But the RM-Z250 rider was soon back out front and then led every lap. He now carries a two-point lead into a seven-week break for the Western Regional championship.

Said Dungey: “I’m really pumped. I think I really rode an awesome race from start to finish. Sometimes when you’re given that kind of opportunity you need to take advantage of it and I think I did that tonight. I just want to thank my Rockstar/ Makita Suzuki team for everything.”

In the Supercross class, Rockstar/ Makita Suzuki’s Mike Alessi grabbed the holeshot in the 20-lap main event with Stewart and Reed in tow. But the duo quickly made their move past Alessi and opened a lead on the field.

The event also marked the comeback of the Rockstar Makita team’s Michael Byrne – sidelined from the first part of the season with injury – who finished eighth overall.

Said Reed: “I got great starts and I was there. I just wasn’t fast enough. James rode an awesome race and I want to thank the team for being patient with me all day. I’m happy to be second and once again San Diego was good to me. I want to thank my team and all my sponsors. We’re just keeping it consistent.”

Supercross Class results 1. James Stewart (Yamaha); 2. Chad Reed (Rockstar Makita Suzuki); 3. Andrew Short (Honda); 4. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki); 5. Davi Millsaps (Honda); 6. Mike Alessi (Rockstar Makita Suzuki); 7. Kevin Windham (Honda); 8. Michael Byrne (Rockstar Makita Suzuki); 9. Nick Wey (Yamaha); 10. Ivan Tedesco (Honda).

Supercross points (after 7 of 17 rounds): 1 Stewart 152, 2 Reed 152, 3 Short 122, 4 Grant 122, 5 Villopoto 106, 6 Tedesco 102, 7 Windham 96, 8 Millsaps 91, 9 Alessi 83, 10 Ferry 74.

Supercross Lites results: 1. Ryan Dungey (Rockstar Makita Suzuki); 2. Ryan Morais (Kawasaki); 3. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki); 4. Trey Canard (Honda); 5. Ryan Sipes (KTM); 6. Justin Brayton (KTM); 7. Chris Blose (Honda); 8. Jake Moss (Honda); 9. Jeff Alessi (Honda); 10. Cole Seely (Suzuki).

Lites points (after 6 of 8 rounds): 1 Dungey 135, 2 Weimer 3 Morais 124, 4 Brayton 103, 5 Sipes 85, 6 Blose 82, 7 Reardon 59, 8 Canard 54, 9 Alessi 51, 10 Larsen 51.

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