Snake Eyes: High PointWednesday, June 13, 2012 | 2:30 PM
I am going to start with the 450 class and keep the best for last. Ryan Dungey scored his second 1-1 of the season and if you look at the results on paper there isn't much to say. I have something though. Ryan won that race with his experience and his line choices. Ryan anticipated the track real well by opening his turns and squaring them up for the most part helping him to keep his momentum. That's where Mike Alessi, even with his best finish of the season (2-2) wasn't has good. Mike was making tight turns too much and doing some "stop and go" in way too many occasions.
Jeff Emig told us on TV that Ryan's KTM was fantastic on this track and Ryan also said it in his podium interview. I couldn't disagree more. I thought his bike wasn't working properly and it was the worst it looked since the beginning of the year. Again, it's my opinion. He was getting kicked a lot all around the track which led to a few mistakes. The track was choppy, slick and those conditions amplify the problems with the chassis/suspensions for sure. I really think Ryan could be even more dominating with a better bike set-up, especially this weekend. He might need it if Stewart ever shows back up at 100%. I don't know if it was the same bike as in Colorado but Ryan didn't look as comfortable for sure. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that.
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