With the Chamberlain Trophy on the line, Andrew Short jumped off to another phenomenal start with Dungey and Townley in tow. Belgium’s Clement DeSalle, Aussie Brett Metcalfe, and Belgium’s Steve Ramon also kept the pace with the top three, but all eyes were on the Americans out front. Unfortunately for the Italians, Cairoli suffered a rough start and was mired back in the pack.
After four or five laps, Short surrendered the lead to his teammate Dungey. For there, Dungey left Short to fend off the attacks of Townley, and eventually Short succumbed to Townley’s advances. By that time however, Dungey had packed his bags and checked out.
DeSalle and Metcalfe fought for the fourth place position and their pace kept them close to Short’s Honda. Short, though, reaped the benefits of a Townley mishap (perhaps cashing in some instant karma). With eight minutes to go, the Americans had the one-two punch. Cairoli battled back to fourth, besting Brett Metcalfe and Steve Ramon late in the moto. He likely would have challenged DeSalle for his final podium spot, but the Belgian held on, helping the Belgians take second overall.
The fat lady officially sang as Dungey sailed over the finish line with Short behind him in second.
1. Ryan Dungey – USA
2. Andrew Short – USA
3. Clement DeSalle – Belgium
4. Antonio Cairoli – Italy
5. Brett Metcalfe – Australia
6. Steve Ramon – Belgium
7. Xavier Boog – France
8. Arnaud Tonus – Switzerland
9. Gautier Paulin – France
10. Jay Marmont – Australia
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