Ryan Dungey and friends celebrate the new title of Western Supercross Lites Champion.
Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Ryan Dungey has won the AMA West Coast Lites Supercross Championship after victory in Saturday night's Salt Lake City round at Rice Eccles Stadium in Utah.
Dungey finished fourth in the 15-lap Main Event on his RM-Z250, but this was enough to give him a five-point win in the series over Jake Weimer (Kawasaki).
Said Dungey: "I want to thank my family and team for being there for me. I lost the battle but won the war tonight. There are so many people that helped me get to this point in my career and I want to thank them."
En route to the 2009 title, Dungey won four SX Lites races and picked up an additional two podium positions. This championship marks Dungey's first AMA Pro title.
"Winning the championship feels good. It's been a long time in the making - the past two years have been tough. This whole year, it was a fight. And in the middle of it all, we had that eight-week break to just sit and chill out and think about it. In the end, I'm just super-pumped that we're sitting here with the number-one plate. We worked hard for it and the whole Rockstar Makita Suzuki team stuck by me and had faith in me. This is something I've worked hard for since I was a little kid and I did it from the heart. I think that every time we went out and had an opportunity, every advantage we took control of it. I feel like we gave it our all at every race and at every round we gave 100 per cent effort and did it with commitment and passion and love and faith - and it all came together in the end."
Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing will race next at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada for the final round this weekend.
Lites Class Results:
1. Trey Canard (Honda)
2. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki)
3. Ryan Morais (Kawasaki)
4. Ryan Dungey (Rockstar Makita Suzuki)
5. Justin Brayton (KTM)
6. Chris Blose (Honda)
7. Jake Moss (Honda)
8. Kyle Cunningham (Kawasaki)
9. Michael Hall (Yamaha)
10. Ben Evans (Honda)
Western Region Final Points:
1. Ryan Dungey - 178
2. Jake Weimer - 173
3. Ryan Morais - 166
4. Justin Brayton - 119
5. Chris Blose - 110