Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Brett Metcalfe piloted his Suzuki to a fourth-place finish in the first 450 heat race. After a tough 13th-place start in the main, Metcalfe worked his Suzuki through the pack to score a ninth-place finish.
“It wasn’t one of my better days,” said Metcalfe. “Everything for me today was just difficult. But you learn a lot from these days and we’ll take it and move forward. I want to thank the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team for sticking by me and we’ll just concentrate on Houston. I’ve always liked Houston and have generally done pretty well there.”
Dungey started the day with a strong practice and finished first in timed qualifying on his RM-Z. He grabbed the holeshot in his heat race and finished with a convincing win. A mid-pack start in the main put him in tenth after the first lap. Dungey kept his head down and was able to work his way through the pack up to sixth place by lap seven. Unfortunately, on lap eight, the Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider threw the chain on his RMZ and ended with a DNF in the main event. Based on initial observations, his Rockstar Makita Suzuki team concurs that the chain loss was a result of a rock or other foreign object in the sprocket or possible contact with another rider.
“Well, obviously the main event didn't go our way tonight,” said Dungey. “The bad part is that we had a really good day; a good practice and a really great bike setup. We won the heat and then ran into some bad luck in the main. It's a pretty tough pill to swallow because the entire Rockstar Makita Suzuki team has been working really, really hard. I don't know the last time we've had a DNF, which is pretty amazing in itself. This is a tough one and I'll take the weekend to blow off some steam for sure because we aren't going to quit and we aren't going to let this keep us down. The goals are still the same. We will be there at Houston."
The 2011 Rockstar Makita Suzuki team’s next event is Saturday, February 12th, at Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX. You can meet the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team riders at Stubbs 59, 10430 Southwest Freeway, in Houston, TX from 5 - 6 PM on Friday, February 11th.
Anaheim II Supercross Class Results:
3. Chad Reed
5. Trey Canard
6. Andrew Short
7. Ivan Tedesco
10. David Millsaps
20. Ryan Dungey
2011 Supercross Class Standings:
1. James Stewart – 117
2. Ryan Villopoto – 112
3. Chad Reed – 90
4. Trey Canard – 87
5. Ryan Dungey – 79
6. Brett Metcalfe – 67
7. Andrew Short – 64
8. Kevin Windham – 59
9. Justin Brayton – 57
10. Ivan Tedesco – 48
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