Dungey Makes It Two In A Row

Kit Palmer | January 18, 2009

Makita/Rockstar Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey had little difficulty winning tonight’s Lites-class main event at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. On a technical and difficult-to-pass on track, Dungey, however, had to first work his way around Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Ryan Morais, who nabbed the holeshot. Dungey finally found an opening around the Kawasaki rider on the fourth lap, and from there on out, the Suzuki rider steadily pulled away from Morais and the rest of the pack, taking his second win in a row and the second of the three-race series.

“It was a great night,” Dungey said. “Morais and I had a great battle there, which made it a lot of fun.” Morais spent much of the rest of the race fending off his teammate Jake Weimer before pulling a small gap towards the end of the race. Morais ended up finishing five seconds behind Dungey for second place.

“I rode as hard as long as I could,” Morais said.

Weimer ended up finishing about five seconds behind Morais.

Boost Mobile/AMPM/Monster Energy/Troy Racing’s Jason Lawrence finished fourth after, once again, struggling with his starts all evening. Lawrence got a midpack start in the main and had to work his way up on the tight track.

Rounding out the top five was Troy Lee Designs/Honda’s Chris Blose.

Dungey now has a six points lead in the series over Morais. Weimer is third, one point behind his teammate. Justin Brayton and Blose are tied for fourth, 13 points behind Weimer.


1. Ryan Dungey (Suz); 2. Ryan Morais (Kaw); 3. Jake Weimer (Kaw); 4. Jason Lawrence (Yam); 5. Chris Blose (Hon); 6. Dan Reardon (Hon); 7 Justin Brayton (KTM); 8. Kyle Cunningham (Kaw); 9. Michael Hall (Yam); 10. P.J. Larsen (Kaw); 11. Ryan Sipes (KTM); 12. Jeff Alessi (Hon); 13. Eric McCrummen (Hon); 14. Ben Evans (Hon); 15. Ryan Clark (Hon); 16. Michael Sleeter (KTM); 17. Scott Champion (Hon); 18. Shaun Skinner (Hon); 19. Michael LaPaglia (Suz); 20. Sean Collier (Yam).

Kit Palmer | Off-Road Editor

Kit Palmer started his career at Cycle News in 1984 and he’s been testing dirt and streetbikes every since – plus covering any event that uses some form of a knobby tire. He’s also our resident motorcycle mileage man with a commute of 120 miles a day.