In the Supercross Lites class, Rockstar Makita Suzuki teammate and newly crowned 2009 AMA Supercross Lites West Coast Champion Ryan Dungey had a good night, winning his heat race and then finishing up in second place in Las Vegas’ East/West shoot-out.
Chad Reed: “It’s hard to swallow, to have to give up that one. I feel like I worked really hard for this championship and to be so close really hurts. We had a great year, we were consistently on the podium every weekend except at Seattle, where I made a mistake and crashed and was only able to come back to seventh. But I had fun this year, and that’s the main thing. It’s disappointing and it’s hard, but at the end of the day I felt that we achieved big things this year so it’s good.” Mike Alessi: “The main event was good. I got a great start, got the holeshot on my Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 and got out front, but I got passed on the first lap. I really was focused on riding my own race and I stayed in fourth place for a while. I had a few good battles out there and ended up in sixth. I finished up the season in ninth place, one point away from eighth. But what’s most important to me is that I finished up the Supercross season healthy after 17 rounds.” Ryan Dungey: “Overall it was a good day, we had the fastest lap times in practice and won the heat race. Going into the main, though, I didn’t get such a great start and I think that’s really where we lost the race. It was just one of those deals. I had my work cut out for me, but we charged hard and I tried to come back and win it, but I think I lost by about half a bike length, which hurts. But in the grand scheme of things, it was a great race. It would have been nice to win it, but the championship was more important and I came out of this round safe and enjoyed it at the same time.”
Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing will race next at the season-opening round of AMA Motocross at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California, on Saturday, May 23, 2009. Chad Reed, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450, #1 2nd Place – Las Vegas Supercross
2nd Place – Overall Championship Points Standings
Mike Alessi, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450, #800 6th Place – Las Vegas Supercross
9th Place – Overall Championship Points Standings
Ryan Dungey, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z250, #10 2nd Place – Las Vegas Supercross Lites