Ryan Dungey returned to the top of the podium for the first time since late February with a victory at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. With the injured Ryan Villopoto already crowned the 2012 AMA Supercross Champion, the win put Dungey back in contention for second overall.
The Red Bull KTM last tasted victory Feb. 25 in Atlanta, Ga., but missed five rounds due to injury. Dungey returned to action last week in Seattle, Wash., placing sixth, but staged a late come-from-behind win in Utah for his third victory of the 2012 AMA Supercross season.
For most of the race, it looked like a sure victory for Davi Millsaps. The JGRMX Yamaha rider took the holeshot and led the opening 18 laps. Monster Energy Kawasaki‘s Jake Weimer was second for most of the race with Dungey biding his time in third.
Dungey began his charge on Lap 8 with a pass on Weimer, but Weimer moved right back in front. The two then made contact, sending Dungey crashing. Dungey got back up and chased Weimer down, eventually passing him on Lap 17. He then turned his attention to Millsaps and found an opening Lap 19 to take over the lead.
Dungey would cross the finish first with Millsaps 1.494 seconds behind. Weimer finished 6.854 seconds back to take third.
Heading into the May 5 finale in Las Vegas, Nev., Millsaps sits second behind Villopoto with 244 points. Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Brayton is third with 237 points after finishing fourth in Salt Lake City. Dungey follows next with 232 points for fourth overall.
[Source: AMA Supercross; photos by Hoppenworld.com and Yamaha]