Ryan Dungey Wins 2012 Salt Lake City Supercross
In only his second week back after returning from injury, Red Bull/KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey claimed his third Supercross class victory of the season as he crossed the finish line first at the Salt Lake City Supercross.
Dungey’s day started with mixed emotions. He was able to pull off the fastest lap time in the afternoon qualifiers but also had to skip out on the part of a practice session after a collision with another rider caused damage to his bike. Luckily, the Red Bull/KTM Team was prepared for the problem and quickly set to work to repair his bike and make sure it was ready for the main event.
Dungey easily qualified into the main event and was ready to begin his quest toward his third win of the season. He got off to a great start and was sitting in 3rd place after lap one. He quickly began to close in on the 2nd place ride of Jake Weimer and the two began a battle for the position. After swapping for the position, the two riders made contact near the halfway point of the race which caused Dungey to crash. He quickly recovered without losing a position and became even more determined to charge his way to the front.
With only four laps remaining he was able to make a pass on Weimer to take over 2nd place. He then spent the next two laps reeling in the lead ride of Davi Millsaps. With two laps remaining he made the pass for the lead and went on to claim his third victory of the season and the third for the KTM brand in Supercross racing.
“It feels great to take another win tonight,” remarked Dungey. “It is an even greater accomplishment to take this win after recovering from my collar bone injury. It solidifies that we made the right choice to come back to racing and finish out the Supercross Series before heading to outdoors. I just really want to thank my team tonight. They did a great job getting my bike ready and I couldn’t have won without them.”
Dungey and his team will now head to Las Vegas, NV for the final round of the series to be held May 5, 2012 at Sam Boyd Stadium.