Ryan Dungey scored his fourth win of the season but it was not enough to take second place in the points race behind champion Ryan Villopoto. That honor went to JGRMX Yamaha‘s Davi Millsaps who placed second to Dungey in the season-ending race at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.
Dungey took the holeshot and led every lap to take the win for Red Bull KTM. The victory was his fourth in 12 rounds, giving him 257 points on the season. Dungey also missed five rounds due to injury, during which time Villopoto scored four of his nine victories for Monster Energy Kawasaki. The championship would have been much closer if Dungey had remained healthy. Instead, Villopoto ran away with the championship and clinched the title back in March at the Houston round.
Millsaps crossed the finish 8.538 seconds behind Dungey to take second place in Las Vegas, and with 266 points, second place in the championship. Millsaps was able to take advantage of the absence of injured contenders such as Dungey, TwoTwo Motorsports Honda‘s Chad Reed and teammate James Stewart to earn a career-best finish.
“To get second in the points is a big step for me and the team. I’m pumped; this is the best season I’ve had since I’ve got on the 450,” says Millsaps. “The Yamaha has been running great and I want to thank my whole team. It has been an up-and-down year for everyone on it but we did the best we could.”
Third place went to Honda Muscle Milk racer Justin Brayton. That gave Brayton 257 points on the season, tying him with Dungey, but with just five podium finishes and no wins, Brayton finishes fourth overall in the final standings.
[Source: AMA Supercross, Photos by Yamaha and Hoppenworld.com]