With 3 rounds left in the 2010 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider, Ryan Dungey, has claimed the championship title. This has been his rookie year of racing in the premier 450 class and it has been an unpredictable season for all involved. At the Edward Jones dome in St. Louis this past weekend, Dungey went bar to bar with Ryan Villopoto, each fighting to secure a lead in the race. The two eventually collided sending both riders to the ground.
Villopoto has been Dungey’s number one competition throughout this season. Even after the two crashed this weekend, Villopoto was able to fight his way back through the pack into the lead. Unfortunately, he misjudged a triple jump at the end of a tough rhythm section, forcing him to bail off his KX450F midair. As a result he suffered a broken leg and will be unable to finish the rest of the season.
With Villopoto now out of contention for the championship, Dungey is sitting ahead of the group by 77 points. With only 75 points eligible for the remainder of the series, no one else will be able to surpass his lead in the series standings. He now joins, the “King of Supercross” Jeremy McGrath, as the only two riders in the history of the 450 class to win a championship title as a rookie.
The next round of Supercross heads to Seattle on Saturday, April 24th.