SX Pics: 2010 AMA Supercross, Round 3

Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey is victorious again!

Photography by Jeff Allen

SX Pics: 2010 AMA Supercross, Round 3

James Stewart rebounded from injuries suffered just one week ago inPhoenix, Arizona, to race up front at the third round of the 2010 Monster Energy AMA Supercross/FIM World SX Championship at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. At times, the reigning series champion looked as fast and fluid as ever. But the real story of the evening were the performances of current points-leader Ryan Dungey and Stewart's San Manuel Yamaha teammate Josh Hill.

Both Hill and Rockstar/Makita Suzuki-mounted Dungey won their respective heats. Hill led Stewart and Red Bull Honda rider Andrew Short across the finish line, while Dungey topped Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto; ex-factory Kawasaki rider Michael Byrne was third—half a lap behind the leaders.

Stewart hit the ground twice in Phoenix. The latter crash involved title-rival Chad Reed, who suffered a broken bone in his hand. Following surgery this past week, the Australian isn't expected to return to competition for some time.

Anaheim put on a good show. During breaks in the on-track action, announcers interviewed champion roadracers Nicky and Tommy Hayden, as well as former Kawasaki and Suzuki MotoGP rider John Hopkins, X-Games gold-medal-winner Mike Metzger and 2007 AMA Hall-of-Fame inductee Mike Kiedrowski, among others.

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki riders Josh Hansen and Jake Weimer dominated the Lites-class heat races. Weimer also was victorious in the 250cc Main Event, running away from the Hondas of Wil Hahn and Trey Canard to take his third victory of the season. He leads the 250 West points standings.

In the 450cc Main Event, fast-qualifier Dungey got a slow start. Stewart led the way, with Hill second and Dungey's teammate, Austin Stroupe, third. Villopoto, meanwhile, was buried mid-pack. With 14 of 20 laps remaining, Dungey appeared to be losing ground on Hill and Stewart, with Short closing fast in fourth. Ten laps later, though, the Minnesota native had not only passed both Hill and Stewart, he had opened up a comfortable lead, which he maintained to the checkers.

After the event, Dungey praised Dirt Wurx for its track preparation in the face of torrential rainstorms that hit Southern California during the week. Stewart was magnanimous in defeat. "I was trying my best to keep them at bay, but, man, they rode hard," he said of Dungey and Hill. "Third place was all I had tonight."The series heads to San Francisco this coming weekend for Round 4.

2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship: Round 3, Anaheim, California

2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship: Round 3, Anaheim, California

2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship: Round 3, Anaheim, California

2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship: Round 3, Anaheim, California

2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship: Round 3, Anaheim, California

2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship: Round 3, Anaheim, California

2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship: Round 3, Anaheim, California

2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship: Round 3, Anaheim, California

2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship: Round 3, Anaheim, California

2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship: Round 3, Anaheim, California

2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship: Round 3, Anaheim, California

2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship: Round 3, Anaheim, California

2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship: Round 3, Anaheim, California

2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship: Round 3, Anaheim, California

2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship: Round 3, Anaheim, California

2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship: Round 3, Anaheim, California

2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship: Round 3, Anaheim, California

2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship: Round 3, Anaheim, California

2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship: Round 3, Anaheim, California

2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship: Round 3, Anaheim, California

2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship: Round 3, Anaheim, California

2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship: Round 3, Anaheim, California

2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship: Round 3, Anaheim, California

2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship: Round 3, Anaheim, California

2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship: Round 3, Anaheim, California

2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship: Round 3, Anaheim, California

2010 AMA Supercross/FIM SX World Championship: Round 3, Anaheim, California