Chase Field. January 16, 2010. Time for the annual Supercross trek to Phoenix, Arizona. My job – to get as many quotes as I can while traversing the track, pits, stadium, people, vendors, security, and streets of Chase Field. (Formerly BOB – Bank One Ballpark). This is a beautiful venue, and it’s where Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks play.
Right now I can share with you Kevin, Grant, and Jake’s thoughts on the track tonight here in Phoenix. And Ryan Dungey and Roger De Coster’s comments after the race, of which Ryan won.
Kevin Windham: The track here tonight is pretty tight. Because of the way the track and the turns are designed, we should see some really close battling, especially in the corners. Could be some really close action. And to tell you the truth – I’m really looking forward to it! I know I have what it takes to be on that podium, and that’s my goal for tonight.
Grant Langston: The track tonight is probably going to get dry as the night goes on, and it could get really slick. The dirt is loose on top, but hard pack underneath. That could be a blessing for me, because compared to last week at Anaheim, that track was very unorthodox for me – rutted and choppy, so I rode there very tight and uneasy. This track I feel way more relaxed, and I’ll be able to focus more on racing than just surviving. Overall, I’m very glad to be back racing and having fun again. Thanks everyone – this is what I love to do.
Jake Weimer: Tonight you should see a really great race. There are a lot more rhythm sections on this track compared to the first race at Anaheim, and I really enjoy those types of rhythm sections. It should be fun … it’s going to do my best, … and I’m looking forward to this race tonight … I’m feeling good, everything is good, and I can’t wait for the 15 lap main event! Want to do what I did last week – win!
After the race … (thanks to Suzuki for the following quotes)
Ryan Dungey said “I was able to get a good start in the heat race which allowed me to put in some good laps and win. I felt really good and tried to carry that momentum into the Main Event. We made a few minor changes on the bike and I was able to get a really good start and put myself in a good position. The track was tough tonight. It was really slippery and line choice was key. So, being able to pull away from everybody and put in my own laps was helpful. The line choices were really slim and there was one good line, so I’m thankful it went well. The Suzuki is a great bike and it’s got a lot of power. It’s the best of the best. I’m grateful to be part of the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team. It’s great to pull a win for them and I hope to do many more.”
Team Manager Roger De Coster said “It’s so nice to win. It’s the second race of the season, and the second race of Ryan’s full-time 450 Supercross career, and to come out with a win is fantastic. We have a good standing now, and we have to continue getting good finishes and being on the podium every week. If we do that, we have a chance at the end of the year.”