POMONA, Calif. — Four-time Supercross champion Ryan Dungey came out of retirement to push fellow American Shane McElrath close at 2018 Red Bull Straight Rhythm, which featured bikes from as old as 2004.
Dungey retired after sealing the 2017 AMA Supercross 450 title, however returned to competitive action to take on the likes of McElrath, Ryan Villopoto and Josh Grant.
Dungey, 28, set a dominant pace late in the qualifying period and looked to be poised to take home his first Straight Rhythm title, but McElrath had other plans.
It only took a handful of trips down the half-mile track to cement McElrath’s place in moto history as he decisively captured the top spot in California.
The North Carolina native has now captured a top spot on the podium three years in a row, advancing out of the “Lites” class from last year into the premier category.
The 23-year-old said: “Each run I got a little more comfortable and I really started to feel like myself at the end so I thought to myself, ‘I can do this again.’”