FEATURE: RYAN DUNGEY – RETIRING A CHAMPION

Ryan Dungey competes at Round Ten of the 2017 AMA Supercross Series at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Florida, USA on 11 March 2017. // Garth Milan/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20170313-00326 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

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Ryan Dungey competes at Round Ten of the 2017 AMA Supercross Series at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Florida, USA on 11 March 2017. // Garth Milan/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20170313-00326 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

Ryan Dungey has recently announced his retirement at the relatively young age of 27, a short but ferocious career that saw him battle and conquer some of the biggest names in motocross and supercross.

Dungey is the athlete you want your kids to look up to: clean cut, professional, respectful, well spoken and dedicated to his sport. These attributes have led many to cheer for his more flamboyant rivals. I can admit I have; it’s easy when you look at his competition, some of the most popular names in motocross. Names such as Chad Reed, James Stewart, Kevin Windham, Jason Lawrence, Ryan Villopoto and, most recently, Ken Roczen and Eli Tomac come to mind.

Against these more outlandish riders, Dungey kept focused and tenacious, earning an impressive roll of championships. Right up until he announced his retirement, he remained the people’s champion.

“I say this humbly,” he said, “but I’ve achieved more than I ever could have imagined or dreamed of. Standing here today, we have nine championships, three Motocross des Nations wins, two Espy Awards and a Wheaties box cover. The idea that people could think of me as one of the greats is truly amazing to me.”

Let’s step back and look at the impressive professional career of Ryan Dungey.

2007

2007

AMA Supercross Lites East 5th
250 AMA Motocross 5th
AMA Supercross/Motocross Rookie of the Year

2008

2008

250 AMA Motocross 2nd
AMA Supercross Lites West 2nd

 

2009
2009

FIM Motocross of Nations (Team USA) 1st
250 AMA Motocross 1st
AMA Supercross Lites West 1st

2010
2010

FIM Motocross of Nations (Team USA) 1st
450 AMA Motocross 1st
450 AMA Supercross 1st

2011
2011

FIM Motocross of Nations (Team USA) 1st
Monster Energy Cup 2nd
AMA 450 Motocross 2nd
AMA 450 Supercross 3rd

 

2012

Ryan Dungey and KTM USA team members pose for a winners portrait at the AMA Pro Motocross Championship 2012 at Lake Elsinore in California, USA on September 8th, 2012 // Frank Hoppen / Red Bull Content Pool // P-20120910-00120 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

Monster Energy Cup 2nd
FIM Motocross of Nations (Team USA) 3rd
AMA 450 Motocross 1st
AMA 450 Supercross 3rd

 

2013

(L-R) Ryan Dungey and James Stewart celebrate at the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship at Spring Creek MX in Millville, Minnesota, USA on 27 July, 2013. // Garth Milan/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20130729-00275 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

FIM Motocross of Nations (Team USA) 2nd
AMA 450 Motocross 2nd
AMA 450 Supercross 3rd

 

2014

Ryan Dungey competes at the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships in Sacramento, California, USA on 31 May 2014. // Garth Milan/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20140602-00236 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

FIM Motocross of Nations (Team USA) 3rd
AMA 450 Motocross 2nd
AMA 450 Supercross 2nd

2015
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FIM Motocross of Nations (Team USA) 3rd
AMA 450 Motocross 1st
AMA 450 Supercross 1st

 

2016

Ryan Dungey celebrates after winning the AMA Supercross Series Championship at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA on April 30, 2016. // Garth Milan/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20160502-03280 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

AMA 450 Motocross 17th (injured)
AMA 450 Supercross 1st

2017

Ryan Dungey celebrates after winning the championship at Round Seventeen of the 2017 AMA Supercross Series at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on 06 May 2017. // Garth Milan/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20170507-03363 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

AMA 450 Motocross (retired)
AMA 450 Supercross 1st

 

 

 

 

 

BREAKOUT

“I say this humbly, but I’ve achieved more than I ever could have imagined or dreamed of” – RYAN DUNGEY