After a subpar return to racing last weekend in Seattle, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey rolled into Salt Lake City for round 16 of the 2012 AMA Supercross Series on a mission. Having to overcoming adversity all day -- including a crash at the midway point of the main event -- Dungey made it known that he would not be denied in SLC as he threw down a gritty performance on the way to capturing his third win of the series.
With the 2012 Lites West Championship still on the line in SLC, Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin battled tooth and nail to stay in the hunt, but a fifth-place finish in the main event unfortunately wouldn’t be enough to stop Eli Tomac from clinching the title.
Here’s how all the action unfolded at the penultimate round of the 2012 Supercross series in Salt Lake City…
The Salt Lake practice sessions didn’t get started as Dungey had hoped, as some mechanical issues forced the former Supercross champ to retire to the pits early. Not to be defeated, the Red Bull KTM crew made quick work of the issues and sent RD back out on the track to lock down the quickest lap of the day in the second timed qualifying session.
After grabbing the holeshot and early lead in Supercross Heat #2, Dungey had a rough opening lap and dropped all the way back to fifth. Finding his rhythm and gaining confidence with each and every lap around the Rice-Eccles Stadium circuit, Dungey rallied back to finish third behind Davi Millsaps and Justin Brayton.
Less than stoked on his heat performance, Dungey rolled into the gate for the main event fired up and on a mission. Rocketing down the start-straight, RD got a good start and muscled his way into third as the pack sorted itself out on lap one.
A relatively uneventful race early on, Dungey finally began pressuring Jake Weimer for second at the lap eight mark. The two riders battled side-by-side for a full lap and just before the halfway point, Dungey was taken high by Weimer in a tight 180-degree corner and unfortunately went down. Though able to remount in the third spot, Dungey would have to work some magic if he hoped to rejoin the lead battle.
Remarkably, Dungey dug deep and quickly began chipping away at the eight-second deficit back up to Millsaps and Weimer, dropping the main event’s quickest lap time along the way. Everyone in the house stood in anticipation for a payback block pass as it became clear that RD was going to catch Weimer for second, but the crafty veteran would take the high road and railed by the Kawasaki rider without even a graze.
Next on his list was Millsaps up front, and thanks to a bit of help from slower, lapped riders, the pass came quicker than even Dungey thought it would, as he made his way by to take over the lead with just one lap to go.
The win in SLC was his third of the year, and despite missing five races due to injury, Dungey still has an outside shot of finishing second place overall in the series if the cards fall his way at next weekend’s finale in Las Vegas.
1. Ryan Dungey
2. Davi Millsaps
3. Jake Weimer
4. Justin Brayton
5. Mike Alessi
6. Broc Tickle
7. Andrew Short
8. Josh Grant
9. Bobby Kiniry
10. Tyler Bowers
Supercross Lites West
Sitting just outside of the championship battle after some up-and-down results in 2012, Red Bull KTM’s Musquin was looking for his first U.S. Supercross win in Salt Lake City after finishing runner-up the week prior in Seattle. Like teammate Dungey in the Supercross class, Musquin kicked off the day by setting the fastest lap time in the Lites timed qualifying sessions and later qualified for the main event with a fifth-place finish in Lites Heat #2.
After a solid second-place start in the main event, Musquin had trouble finding his rhythm on the deteriorating SLC circuit and dropped several spots early on. By the midway point, the determined Frenchman began finding his groove but the race for the lead was unfortunately long gone by that point. Musquin settled in to finish fifth when all was said and done.
With a win in Salt Lake, Eli Tomac was able to clinch the Lites West championship, but Musquin still looks forward to one final showdown in Vegas with second-place overall honors still up for grabs.
Supercross Lites Results
1. Eli Tomac
2. Jason Anderson
3. Martin Davalos
4. Wil Hahn
5. Marvin Musquin
6. Matt Moss
7. Billy Laninovich
8. Topher Ingalls
9. Vince Friese
10. Scott Champion
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