DUNGEY MAINTAINS LEAD IN HOUSTON
The suspensions on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 and the RM-Z250 were put to the test in Houston. With a busy track that involved some of the deepest whoops of the series and a kicker jump off the starting gate, the 13th round of the AMA Supercross series had a unique layout that was tough on suspension. Luckily, both of the Suzuki RM-Z models were up to the task of soaking up all the rough obstacles in Houston.
The day didn’t go as the team planned in either of the main events, with Austin Stroupe separating his shoulder in practice before the Eastern Regional Lites class race and Ryan Dungey having a rough go of things in the Supercross race.
Austin Stroupe has been consistently smooth and in control of his RM-Z250 in 2010. The bike was dialed in after the first practice on Saturday and was soaking up the busy track, but an unfortunate incident in the second practice on Saturday afternoon had Stroupe visiting the Asterisk Mobile Medical unit.
Ryan Dungey went into the main event with a convincing Heat 2 win and the fastest lap in practice. With a few tweaks on his suspension to fine-tune his RM-Z450, Dungey lined up on the starting gate looking to extend his lead in the Supercross class. Dungey has won four rounds so far in 2010, and he looked confident in his ability to race well on the dirt in Reliant Stadium. After the first corner, Dungey found himself in third place. He and his bike worked hard to overcome the deep whoops, and Dungey traded spots with a few racers throughout the first half of the race. At the midway point, just as he was about to catch and pass the third place rider, Dungey stalled his bike in a complicated turn. Stuck in the whooped-out corner as a few racers passed him, Dungey managed to restart his bike and move himself into fifth place where he finished the race.
Dungey is currently 12 points ahead of second place in season points. The next round of AMA Supercross action takes place at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 17.