But that’s why they run the races. RV got off to a horrible start in moto one and while working though the pack he came up and around Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Nico Izzi. Only something weird happened after that; Nico squared him up and passed him back! There was a collision and the only thing more bent out of shape than the Villopoto camp was Villopoto’s gear shifter. A mid-moto pit stop and a second-lap crash spelled the end of the Monster money and a bitter farewell to the 250F class for RV.
Izzi was a revelation on the day; after losing a few spots in the first moto near the end to finish fifth, he moved up from eighth all the way into the second spot in the second moto. His catch and pass of hard charger Brett Metcalfe was very impressive and had to leave Izzi feeling good going into the off season.
However, the man feeling the best was Ryan Dungey as he went 1-1 and dominated the day. The Suzuki kid showed all of us that it was “Dungey Time” and established himself as the man to beat in ’09.