Ryan Dungey won the 2010 AMA Supercross Championship in his rookie year. Only one other rider has accomplished that feat; he went by the nicknames “The King” and “Showtime.”
Although the end result of the 2010 AMA Supercross Championship was already known, the Seattle Supercross was one of the most exciting races of the year thus far. Competitors battled one of the toughest Supercross tracks ever, race favorites faltered and new as well as old talent rose to the top. A massive crowd of 51,442 fans used only the edge of their seats, braving the threat of rain and chilling temps. As the team transporters head east towards the Great Salt Lake, we look back at all the action from Round 15 of the 2010 AMA Supercross Series.
Of course the big story rolling in to Seattle was Ryan Dungey’s imminent Supercross championship. He really had it sewn up last week, but technically he did not have a mathematical lock on the points. So he had to wait until this weekend to collect his first Number-1 plate. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider need a sixth place finish to clinch, and he rolled across the rutted finish line jump in fourth. Although he already knew he was the champ, Dungey was ecstatic as he stepped up to the podium.
Only the second rider ever to win a rookie season Supercross title, the Rockstar Makita Suzuki champ now has his name next to “The King” Jeremy McGrath in the record books. “To be added to that list is truly an awesome accomplishment. When I first started riding I remember watching him (McGrath) winning races, and I wanted to be that guy on TV. To be here now after however many years later wining the championship, especially the rookie year, is unbelievable,” said Dungey.
When the going gets tough, Kevin Windham gets going. GEICO Powersports finally got a win this season with Windham doing it on the nasty track. From start to finish K-Dub dominated the field, riding at a level no other rider was comfortable with. His lap times were over two seconds faster than the next closest competitor, Tommy Hahn. The Veteran racer crossed the finish line over 22 seconds ahead of the pack. Windham missed out on being the oldest racer ever to win a main event by four months to the Junkyard Dog, John Dowd. With a plan to race until 2014, we think he has a good chance of breaking that record.
Seattle was a great night for the Hahn family. Brothers Tommy and Wil scored second-place finishes in the Supercross and Lites class respectively. This was the first time in SX history that brothers had finished on the podium in the same night. First, the younger of the duo, Wil, battled though the pack to grab his fourth podium of the year and moving him into second place in the points. Then Tommy motored through the pack, passing six riders on his way to his first podium in the 450 class.
The Hahn Brothers are the first to podium in the same night. Both brothers finshed second in their classes.
“I was stoked he (Wil) got second,” said the elder Hahn. “We’re the first brothers to get podiums on the same night. That’s pretty cool!”
Last week in our Seattle Supercross preview, we suggested that Monster Energy Kawasaki bring Nick Wey back on board to fill in for a damaged Ryan Villopoto. That is exactly what happened at the last minute. RV’s mechanic, Mike Williamson, was ready to take the weekend off when he got the call from team manager Mike fisher to get on a plane to Seattle ASAP to wrench for the Number-27 rider. Fisher hedged his bets for Seattle, knowing there was a possibility that Chad Reed would be absent if his first child was born this weekend. Wey’s fourth-place performance last week in St. Louis definitely sweetened the deal, and his finish this weekend didn’t disappoint, finishing ahead of Reed for the second weekend in a row. We wonder if Wey will be campaigning the outdoors on a Ti/Lube or a factory KX450F?
Honda’s Trey Canard saw his hopes of winning the 2010 West Coast Lites Championship go down the drain in Seattle.
The final points battle in 2010 stadium championship got a big shakeup in Seattle. Coming into Saturday night Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer had a 14-point lead on Honda’s Trey Canard. Canard won his heat race, while Weimer took the last transfer spot out of his qualifier. It looked like the points could get tighter going into the final round of the West Coast Lites series, however that was not the case. The expected showdown between the two front-runners never materialized as Canard went down on the first lap with some help from his teammate Blake Wharton. Wharton didn’t knock Canard down, but he didn’t give him much space either as he cut up the inside of his teammate in the second corner. Eventually Canard finished in 11th place, giving up a truckload of points to Weimer and pretty much ending his hopes of a championship. The Number-38 rider looked pretty hot when he was on the podium to collect the Spike Holeshot check.
Next week the series moves to Salt Lake City, Utah for Round 16. Stay tuned for coverage of the penultimate round of the 2010 AMA Supercoss Series from MotoUSA.