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Ryan Dungey takes first win for KTM at Pheonix Supercross

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Dungey gives KTM its first ever AMA SX Class win. (File)
Ryan Dungey has taken his Redbull KTM to the top step of the podium in just his Second race for his new team in Phoenix at the Second round of the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship held in front of 49,236 race fans at Chase Field, Phoenix.

In just two races together, the new relationship between Ryan Dungey, and Red Bull KTM has proven to be fruitful as the former champion captured his first win of the season, and KTM‰Ûªs first Supercross Class victory ever, with a dominant wire-to-wire effort. In the Western Regional Supercross Lites Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki‰Ûªs Dean Wilson, prevailed with a similarly-convincing performance.

Dungey capitalized on a good start out of the gate in the 20-lap Supercross Class Main Event to grab the Nuclear Cowboyzå¨ Holeshot and checked out on the field. Behind him, Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX‰Ûªs Davi Millsaps, and Monster Energy Kawasaki‰Ûªs Ryan Villopoto, assumed their spots at the front of the field, with both TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Honda‰Ûªs Chad Reed, and Toyota/Muscle Milk/JGRMX‰Ûªs James Stewart, mired in the field following mid-pack starts.

The wild action of the night began when Millsaps went down in the track‰Ûªs sand section on the opening lap, collecting Villopoto and relegating both riders to the tail end of the field. Villopoto‰Ûªs misfortune allowed both Reed and Stewart to move forward, crossing the line 8th and 13th, respectively.

From there, Reed, Stewart, and Villopoto began climbing their way through the field, with Reed and Stewart doing so together. Just as Stewart made his way past Reed in his continued forward progression, he went down in the same section as Villopoto on Lap 7, falling outside the top 10. Villopoto eventually made his way around Reed and set his sights on the top five, slowly picking his way through the field and bringing the crowd to its feet.

In the end, Dungey took the checkers by over six seconds for his second Supercross Class win in Phoenix.

‰ÛÏThis was a big step in right direction for KTM,‰Û

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