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Dungey Podiums at Anahiem Supercross Opener

Posted on January 11, 2011 by TwoWheelMania.

Dungey Podiums at Anahiem Supercross OpenerReigning World and AMA Supercross Champion Ryan Dungey started his defence of the 2011 series with a podium at Saturday's night's opening round at Anaheim in California.

The 21-year-old Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider finished second to Ryan Villopoto in the 20-lap Main Event as new team mate Brett Metcalfe (26) - racing the RM-Z450 for the first time - took eighth.

Said Dungey: "This is a great start to the season. We started out a little slow in practice, but the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team was able to make some good adjustments and by the Main we had a great setup for my Suzuki RM-Z450. I got a decent start and was about fourth, and I worked my way up to second. Ryan Villopoto was just a little too far ahead to catch, but I'm real happy with the second-place finish. It's a good start and we'll take from what we've learned and keep moving forward. I'm looking forward to Phoenix; it's been good for me the last couple of years and I'm looking for a good race there."

Metcalfe, the newest member of the Rockstar Makita Suzuki Team, had a great first-ever 450 heat race aboard his Suzuki RM-Z450 with a solid third-place finish. Metcalfe took the momentum of his heat race to the Main, where he propelled his RMZ to a third-place start, just ahead of Dungey. After being passed by Dungey, Metcalfe made a mistake, suffering an off-track excursion, and lost several positions. But he hung in there and was able to hold onto an eight-place finish in his career's first AMA 450 Supercross race.

"I started out a little tight and uncomfortable in practice," said Metcalfe. "My Rockstar Makita Suzuki team was able to make some adjustments and by the time we got to the heat race, I was feeling really good and I was happy with the set up on my Suzuki RM-Z450 - it was time to go racing. My heat race turned out really good: I got a good start and ran up to about second and ended up finishing third. I had another great start in the Main, was up front, comfortable and felt like I was in the groove, but then I made a big mistake and went off the track and that really upset my rhythm for a few laps. After that, I lost touch with the lead group and just wanted to finish out those 20 laps and not make any more mistakes. We had a pretty good first day and learned a lot and I'm looking forward to going to Phoenix."

The 2011 Rockstar Makita Suzuki team's next event is Saturday, January 15th, at Chase Field in Phoenix,

Anaheim 1 Supercross Class Results: 1 Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki), 2 Ryan Dungey (Rockstar Makita Suzuki), 3 James Stewart (Yamaha), 4 Trey Canard (Honda), 5 Chad Reed (Honda), 6 Kevin Windham (Kawasaki), 7 Ivan Tedesco (Kawasaki), 8 Brett Metcalfe (Rockstar Makita Suzuki), 9 Josh Grant (Honda), 10 Andrew Short (KTM).

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