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Makita Suzuki’s Dungey Wins Detroit SX Lites & Tedesco Cards 8th-Place SX Finish

April 21, 2007

Team Makita Suzuki Racing’s Ryan Dungey won the final East Coast round of the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Lites class at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich., on Saturday night. Makita Suzuki teammate Ivan Tedesco brought home an eighth-place result in the Supercross class later in the evening.

“I pulled an awesome holeshot,” said Dungey. “I just got up there and took it, and led every single lap. It was cool. I had a good night and a fun time. It was a bummer that we didn’t get the number-one plate, but we’re learning this year, and next year we’re going to work hard at it again and hopefully I’ll earn it. Our program’s really good and we just had a little bit of bad luck. All we can do is head to the Outdoors and hope that we get them there.”

In the Supercross class, Tedesco started the night strong with a second-place finish in his heat race. In the 20-lap main, he got a decent start but was unable to get around some slower riders. Several laps in, he suffered a get-off but remounted and was able to bring home eighth place.

“From the first practice, right off the bat, I didn’t feel too good,” admitted Tedesco. “I struggled a little bit. The second practice was a lot better, and we dialed the Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 in. I felt like I was going into the night with a good setup. I felt confident. I got a good start in the main and got pushed around a little bit on that first lap and kind of lost a few spots. I lost some momentum and got into a little bit of a slow pace at the beginning of the race. I went down on lap nine or so. I hit a hay bale in the mechanic’s area and highsided. By that time I was pretty far back and did what I could to get back.”

In the Supercross Lites class, Dungey started out the night with a strong second-place result in his qualifying heat race and finished the night with a season-ending victory. In the final East Coast SX Lites main event, 17-year-old Dungey got the holeshot on his Makita Suzuki RM-Z250 and led all 15 laps of the Lites race to victory. This win is Dungey’s third victory of his rookie season.

“I am still learning, so I hope to have better luck next year,” said Dungey. “I won the holeshot, and I rode a great race after that. This year, I’ve learned to be a little more patient and not get in over my head. This year during the season, I feel like I’ve matured a little bit. And mentally I feel like a better rider now. I think better, and that’s what helped me out this year. Now I’m just looking forward to racing in Las Vegas in two weeks.”

Team Makita Suzuki Racing will take a two-week break and then return for round 15 of the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series at Qwest Stadium in Seattle, WA, on Saturday, April 28, 2007.

Ivan Tedesco, Team Makita Suzuki Racing RM-Z450, #9
8th Place – Supercross class, Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series
5th Place – Overall Championship Points Standings

Ryan Dungey, Team Makita Suzuki Racing RM-Z250, #62
1st Place – Supercross Lites East, Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series
5th Place – Overall Championship Points Standings

Supercross Class Top 10 Finishers:
1. James Stewart, Kawasaki (holeshot)
2. Chad Reed, Yamaha
3. Tim Ferry, Kawasaki
4. Kevin Windham, Honda
5. Andrew Short, Honda
6. David Vuillemin, Honda
7. Heath Voss, Honda
8. Ivan Tedesco, Team Makita Suzuki Racing
9. Paul Carpenter, Kawasaki
10. Jason Thomas, Honda

Supercross Lites Class Top 10 Finishers:
1. Ryan Dungey, Team Makita Suzuki Racing (holeshot)
2. Ben Townley, Kawasaki
3. Thomas Hahn, Honda
4. Billy Laninovich, Honda
5. Ryan Morais, Yamaha
6. Branden Jesseman, Yamaha
7. Kelly Smith, Suzuki
8. Mike Alessi, KTM
9. Matt Boni, Kawasaki
10. Darcy Lange, Kawasaki

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