Red Bull/KTM Factory Supercross rider Ryan Dungey earned fourth overall for the second consecutive weekend at the fifth round of the AMA Supercross Series at Angel Stadium.
A sold out crowd was on hand for the fifth round of the series. Dungey looked great all day finishing the timed practice sessions with the fourth fastest time. He was placed in the first Supercross class heat race. He had a great jump off the gate rounding the first corner in third position. After one lap he was able to move around Josh Hansen to take over second place. He then set his sights on the early leader James Stewart. On the fourth lap of the heat, Stewart suffered a crash on his own which allowed Dungey to sneak pass. Dungey moved into the lead and went on to take the heat win.
Dungey’s heat win earned him a great gate choice for the main event. He chose a spot in the middle of the starting gate. When the gate dropped he leaped forward and found himself in sixth place at the end of the first few corners. It took him four laps to pass Davi Millsaps but he finally got around him with a smooth inside pass through a corner. Dungey spent the remainder of the first half of the race reeling in the fourth place ride of Justin Brayton. On the twelfth lap of the main event, he was able to secure the pass on Brayton in the same corner he passed Millsaps and took over the position. He continued to knock off impressive lap times throughout the remainder of the event but the top three riders had already pulled out to a sizeable gap that he was not able to close.
“I am not pleased to finish off the podium for a second weekend in a row. I had a better start in the main event this weekend but I struggled to make my passes and allowed those guys to move ahead. I will continue to work on my starts for next weekend and make sure I get my KTM back on the podium to remain in the points chase for the championship,” stated Dungey.
Next Round: San Diego, CA – February 11, 2012