Bench Racing Ammo: DifferencesThursday, April 10, 2008 | 5:29 PM
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A year later, the same may hold true for Dungey, though he’s out West now. And the other three East Region frontrunners have had HUGE reversals of fortune. Last year’s champ Townley now rides for Honda Red Bull Racing, but only on crutches so far as an ankle injury claimed his entire SX season. Ryan Morais is still with Yamaha of Troy but the darkhorse of last year has simply not been on the pace this season. And the Canadian Lange was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, a form of lymphoma cancer, and is out indefinitely.
In fact, not a single rider who scored an East Region podium last year has been on the podium in the East Region in ’08. Dungey and Tommy Hahn went to the West, Mike Alessi moved up to a 450, and Orlando winner Branden Jesseman and two-time podium finisher Matt Goerke have yet to earn trophies this season.
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