Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Ryan Dungey took first blood on his RM-Z250 at the opening round of the AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship at Angel Stadium, Anaheim in California on Saturday night.
In an event hit by poor weather, 'Lites' class rider Dungey started in third, dropped to fourth and then took the lead on the eighth of 15 laps after a tough fight with Yamaha's Jason Lawrence.
He said: "It was definitely a great night and I put it together. I got slammed early on and dropped back to fourth but I took my time; was patient, and got back to the front just after the halfway stage."In the Supercross class, Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Mike Alessi had a successful debut in both the class and on the new Suzuki RM-Z450. After winning the last chance qualifier, Alessi got a good start in the main event and was racing for a podium spot. Focusing on finishing in less-than-stellar conditions, however, Alessi backed off and rode a smooth race, maintaining a strong sixth-place position until the race's end.
Team mate David Vuillemin also put in a smooth and consistent ride getting a good start and running in the top-10 for the entire 20 laps before finishing in 10th position.
Ryan Dungey, "It was a good race and definitely a great night. The whole Rockstar Makita Suzuki team prepared so much for this race. And the Suzuki RM-Z250 was working awesome - we were able to put it all together and come out on top. I was able to take my time and was patient and just let the race come to me so I could put in some good laps. Winning this race, it feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. It's so good to just be racing again and I'm pumped to get the win."