Ryan Dungey wraps up record season

Updated: September 11, 2010, 11:23 PM ET
Associated Press

PALA, Calif. -- Ryan Dungey raced to his rookie-record 10th 450 Class victory, winning both motos Saturday night in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship's season-ending Pala Motocross National at Pala Raceway.

Dungey, the Rockstar/Makita Suzuki rider from Belle Plaine, Minn., broke the rookie record of nine set by Ricky Carmichael in 2000. Earlier, Dungey became the first rider to sweep the AMA Supercross and Motocross season championships

"I didn't get off to the best of starts in the second moto and I had to work," said Dungey, who also broke Carmichael's rookie points record with 543. "Patience definitely plays a role in it and I've learned a lot about that in recent years. It was new track and it was really good. It got rough and I think we all really liked it."

Honda Red Bull Racing's Andrew Short, from Smithville, Texas, was second, finishing third in the first moto and second in the second.

In the 250 Class, GEICO Powersports Honda's Trey Canard, from Shawnee, Okla., finished third to win the season title. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Dean Wilson, from Scotland, swept the motos for his second career victory.

"There's so many emotions and thoughts running through my head," said Canard, who won five of the final seven races to overcome a 57-point deficit to Christophe Pourcel. "When the time came, I thought about all these hard years and it made it that much better. I'm still kind of dreaming right now. I'm just stoked."

Pourcel, the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider from France, took a seven-point lead into the final race, but separated a shoulder in a crash in the first moto and was unable to race in the second.


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