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fending series champ, Ryan Villopoto, was out. RV2 had to forsake his title defense, due to a season ending knee injury, suffered just before the last Su- percross event in Las Vegas. Fellow top contender, Team Two Two Motosports, Chad Reed, also succumbed to inju- ries, in the Supercross series, in a wild and wooly SX season that left a decimated field of walking wounded competitors. James Stewart, was back in action, after crash related inju- ries took him out of the Super- cross title hunt as well. JS7 was now aboard a new Yoshimura Suzuki ride, and chomping on the bits to prove his race chops, after a dismal season (for him) aboard his Joe Gibbs Racing Ya- maha YZ450. James and the Yamaha nev- er jelled, and he wanted to set the record straight, that he is still a threat for the win, even on the outdoor race circuits, With Stewart out of the title chase, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Cham- pionship is a one man race. Dungey, if he stays healthy, has a lock on the class and no serious rival for the championship. But professional mo- tocross is a fickle sport. Anything can happen, as we have seen all year long. But if you were laying odds, Dungey is a 10 to 1 shoo in for tak- ing the Outdoor professional moto- cross title this year. www.dirtillustrated.com