Ryan Dungey was dominant in Pennsylvania.
photo: Simon Cudby
I really took some time to study Dungey this past weekend at High Point, and he makes going fast look so easy that it almost looks like he’s going slow. He’s smooth, calculated, rarely makes mistakes, and he’s in shape. In fact, I looked at the lap times from the second moto, and from lap three through lap thirteen, his times didn’t fluctuate by more than a second. His starts aren’t too bad either, but when he doesn’t come out of the gate as well as he would like, it’s fun to watch. Case in point: how great was it watching him chip away at Andrew Short’s second-moto lead on the rough and technical Mt. Morris course last Saturday?
I know it probably seems like this post is just about how good Dungey is, but after this weekend, I really don’t see anyone stopping him from winning but himself. He now has four straight moto wins, tallying 100 points in two races, and has a one-moto points lead over GEICO Powersports Honda’s Brett Metcalfe.
Speaking of Metty, he certainly deserves some credit for his sudden success on the 450. Jagermeister KTM’s Mike Alessi now sits third in points, followed by the defending champion, Chad Reed, who is 31 behind Rockstar/Makita’s Dungey.
And that brings me to the final point: Has everyone now written Chad Reed off because he had such a bad day at High Point that it made Dungey's Hangtown letdown look like a podium finish? Guess we will begin to know the answer to that on Saturday afternoon.