Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey earned a hard fought 4th place at the ninth round of the Monster Energy 450 SX Supercross Series, an FIM World Championship, in front of a packed crowd at the Edward Jones Dome.
Ryan Dungey was placed in the second 450 SX heat where he got a great jump but was pushed to the outside as they rounded the first turn. Despite getting pushed out, he still managed to round the second corner in 3rd place. He remained inside the top three for the remainder of the heat to eventually cross the finish line in 3rd position for a great gate pick in the main event.
When the gate dropped for the main event, Dungey earned a mid-pack start. By the end of the first lap he had moved to 9th position. At the end of the third lap he had already climbed up to 7th at which point the race was red flagged for an injured rider. Once the rider was assisted from the medical crew, the track officials lined the riders back up in a staggered start format based on their positions at the end of the third lap to restart the race.
On the restart, Dungey was able to quickly move up to 5th position after the opening lap. From that point on, the top five began a five-way battle for the lead position. On the twelfth lap of the race, Justin Barcia, who was running 3rd, made a mistake and couldn’t triple, which allowed Chad Reed and Dungey to move around him. Dungey continued to pressure Reed for the remaining laps trying as hard as he could to earn that podium spot. Unfortunately, Dungey wasn’t able to make the pass and had to settle for 4th position.
“The racing tonight was very close and I did my best to make up for a not so great start,” stated Dungey. “I felt like I rode well once I found my momentum and I was able to have a good battle with Reed. Unfortunately, I just didn’t have enough in the tank to get around him on the final lap and I landed just short of the podium.”
Next Round: Indianapolis, IN – March 9, 2013
Results 450 SX Class St. Louis
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. James Stewart
3. Chad Reed
4. Ryan Dungey
5. Justin Barcia
Standings 450 SX Class after 9 of 17 rounds
1. David Millsaps, 189 points
2. Villopoto, 177
3. Dungey, 164
4. Trey Canard, 148
5. Reed, 147