Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Dungey Finishes 4th In Supercross-Class Debut At Indy - Dirt Rider Magazine

Round 9 - AMA Supercross Series
Indianapolis, IN
RCA Dome
March 1, 2008
Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing's Ryan Dungey made a huge splash in his AMA Supercrossclassdebut by finishing fourth on the RM-Z450 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis on Saturday night.Dungey started the evening with a third-place finish in his heat race and then he finished it with animpressive fourth-place result in the 20-lap main. Dungey got great starts in both races and put on astrong showing for his first time in the premier class. Rockstar Makita Suzuki's David Vuilleminrounded out the night by winning the Last Chance Qualifier and then picking up his fourth top-10Supercross finish in a row. Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Mike Alessi is still recovering after breaking hiscollarbone at the San Diego round and did not race.In the AMA Supercross Lites class, Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Nico Izzi celebrated his first podiumfinish in only his second-ever Pro Lites race. At the beginning of the night, the young rookie rode hisRockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z250 to a fifth-place finish in his heat race and then followed that upwith a third-place result in the 15-lap main event. With this finish, Izzi is now fourth in the overallchampionship points chase.Ryan Dungey:
"It's not a win but it feels like one. Coming into this race, I was just looking to put in 20 good laps andI feel like I did that. It's my first SX ace, and there's definitely room for improvement, but I'm juststoked on how I rode. Coming off the West Coast rounds in SX Lites, well, it hasn't been so great, soto come here and get seat time and be racing, it was just great. I learned a lot in this race, mostly that Ijust need to be patient. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 is a rocket -- it's got a lot of power andit's a lot of bike, and I have to respect that. Twenty laps is a good race, it's five m ore than I'm used to,but I gave it my all and I was just trying to have fun. I race dirtbikes for a living, and you've got toenjoy that while it lasts."David Vuillemin:
"It was a pretty rough day, I wasn't very comfortable with all those ruts, but I felt like I got better as thenight wore on. I had to go to the LCQ again, which actually wasn't too bad, and I got the win. And inthe main event, I think I could have gotten a few spots better but I just haven't been able to ride inthe races the way I've been riding during training in the week. Now, I need to work on that."Nico Izzi:
"I had a real good ride on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z250. I'd had kind of a tough day, I wasstruggling a bit in practice, but I pulled it together. It seemed like every time I went out, I got better. Inthe main, I got a good start and was riding good and then a couple of guys fell and I was battling for apodium spot. But I really couldn't have done any of it without the whole Rockstar Makita Suzukiteam behind me during the week and at the races. I'm so pumped about the race. I just tried to getin the groove and I guess I feel like this is what I was born to do."Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing will race next at Daytona International Speedway in DaytonaBeach, Florida, on Friday, March 7, 2008.Mike Alessi, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450, #800
DNR - Indianapolis Supercross
11th Place - Overall Championship Points Standings****David Vuillemin, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450, #12
9th Place - Indianapolis Supercross
8th Place - Overall Championship Points Standings****Ryan Dungey, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450, #28
4th Place - Indianapolis Supercross
NA - Overall Championship Points Standings****Nico Izzi, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z250, #341
3rd Place - Indianapolis Supercross Lites
4th Place -- Overall Championship Points Standings****AMA Supercross Top 10 Finishers:

1. Chad Reed, Yamaha (Holeshot)
2. Josh Hill, Yamaha
3. Andrew Short, Honda
4. Ryan Dungey, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing
5. Kevin Windham, Honda
6. Travis Preston, Kawasaki
7. Paul Carpenter, Honda
8. Nathan Ramsey, Yamaha
9. David Vuillemin, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing
10. Josh Hansen, YamahaAMA Supercross Lites Top 10 Finishers:
1. Trey Canard, Honda (Holeshot)
2. Ryan Villopoto, Kawasaki
3. Nico Izzi, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing
4. Ben Coisy, Honda
5. Ryan Sipes, KTM
6. Branden Jesseman, Kawasaki (Holeshot)
7. Tyler Bowers, Yamaha
8. Billy Payne, Honda
9. Matt Goerke, KTM
10. Martin Davalos, KTM