AMA-SX: 2010 Anaheim II results

Dungey wins another while injury hampers Stewart

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jan. 25, 2010
Ryan Dungey won his second consecutive AMA Supercross event, firmly establishing himself as a title contender in his first premiere class season.

With a win in the second Anaheim, Calif., round, the Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider now holds a 15-point lead in the standings.

Dungey had to come from behind to win at Anaheim II. Dungey’s teammate Austin Stroupe took the holeshot but soon after lost the lead to the San Manual Yamaha duo of James Stewart and Josh Hill. Dungey was fifth into the first corner and fourth after the first lap.

Riding injured from a crash in the previous round, Stewart led for the first five laps before giving way to Hill. The Oregan native has one career AMA Supercross win, 2008 in Minneapolis,and was looking to earn his second until Dungey overtook him on lap 14. Dungey extended his lead over the rest of the 20-lap race to win by over three seconds.

While many predicted another James Stewart vs. Chad Reed battle for the title, Ryan Dungey has emerged as an early favorite.

“I had my work cut out for me tonight,” says Dungey said "But I just had to be patient. I had the speed and I had the lines; it was just a matter of letting it come and not rushing it."

Hill finished second, and later blamed a lack of stamina for missing the win.

“I don’t know if I wasn’t breathing in the beginning or what but that pace was ridiculous and I couldn’t do it for 20 laps,” says Hill, who sits second in the standings, trailing Dungey 72-57. “By the time Dungey passed me, I had nothing left. I’m pretty bummed because with James hurt, I know I have a limited time to get up there and start winning. Hopefully next week.”

Josh Hill was second in Anaheim and sits second in the standings.

Stewart finished third but appeared to be in a lot of pain when he crossed the finish. Stewart missed the Anaheim II media day to rehab his hand injury, and his team says he was taken directly to the doctor after the race, without providing any comments to the media.

An injury suffered in the previous round may end James Stewart's hopes of defending his AMA Supercross title.

There was some doubt as to whether Stewart would even race at Anaheim II because of his injury. The defending champion’s chief rival Chad Reed broke his hand at the Phoenix round, and if Stewart’s injury continues to hamper him, the 2010 AMA Supercross Championship could very likely go to a younger, rising star such as Dungey or Hill.

The 2010 AMA Supercross season continues Jan. 30 in San Francisco.