Dungey Dominates in Las Vegas

Jean Turner | May 9, 2010

After uncharacteristically finishing off of the podium in the last two rounds, Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey got back to his winning ways just in time to finish off his championship season with a win. Joining him on the podium was Chad Reed, who landed his first podium finish of 2010, the Aussie riding a solid race to finish second ahead of GEICO Powersports Honda’s Kevin Windham.

Windham has been on a roll, and was looking to finish out his season with a third-straight win, and though he was definitely on the move in Sam Boyd Stadium, third is all he would muster.

Dungey grabbed the holeshot and then checked out – there wasn’t much more to it than that. Reed made his way into second place early on and settled into a groove, also turning in a solid 20 laps, but the race to watch was Windham’s as the veteran made his way up to third from a lackluster start.

The Las Vegas crowd was behind Windham’s every move, and they cheered him on as he worked his way through the top-10. Windham had an exciting battle with Millsaps and the Honda riders went back and forth a few times before Windham made a pass stick. Several laps into the race, Windham started jumping the momentum-stopping “wall jump” in the whoop straightaway, and as the only rider doing it, he managed to make up time each lap there.

Behind Windham was Valli Motorsports Yamaha’s Kyle Cunningham, who claimed an impressive fourth-place finish, marking his career-best. The Lites rider had been filling in for the injured Ivan Tedesco, and was on the move in Las Vegas, working his way forward from a top-ten start. Cunningham was particularly impressive in the last laps of the race as he picked off the Red Bull Honda duo of Millsaps and Andrew Short.

Millsaps was suffering with a “wardrobe malfunction” in the main event, which caused him to drop off his pace a little. The button on his pants came undone and were falling down, taking his skivvies down with them. (Cunningham said the “full moon view” was rather surprising when he was coming up on the factory Honda rider.) Millsaps also yielded to his teammate, Short, who rounded out the top five. Millsaps held on for sixth followed by Kyle Chisholm, who was able to capitalize on a good start and finish seventh.

Justin Brayton, Tommy Hahn and Nick Wey – still filling in on the factory Kawasaki team for Ryan Villopoto – rounded out the top-10 in Las Vegas.

Main Event Results:

1. Ryan Dungey (Suz)

2. Chad Reed (Kaw)

3. Kevin Windham (Hon)

4. Kyle Cunningham (Yam)

5. Andrew Short (Hon)

6. Davi Millsaps (Hon)

7. Kyle Chisholm (Yam)

8. Justin Brayton (Yam)

9. Tommy Hahn (Suz)

10. Nick Wey (Kaw)

11. Michael Byrne (Yam)

12. Matt Boni (Hon)

13. Chris Blose (Hon)

14. Josh Demuth (KTM)

15. Weston Peick (Yam)

16. Jason Thomas (Suz)

17. Josh Hill (Yam)

18. Kyle Partridge (Kaw)

19. Jake Anstett (Yam)

20. Gray Davenport (Kaw)

Jean Turner | Contributor

A former staffer at Cycle News, Turner continues to contribute to the website and magazine as a columnist and someone we can count on to whip up a few thousand words on an off-road race when needed.