Ryan Dungey Retires From Supercross
Red Bull KTM announced earlier today that Ryan Dungey will retire from Monster Energy Supercross.
Dungey is just 27, he is the third oldest rider to win a Supercross title. He just won third consecutive and fourth overall Supercorss title two weeks ago in Las Vegas. Dungey was my personal favorite rider and will go down as one of the best in the sport. The next time you hear Jeremy McGrath or Ricky Carmichael you will hear Ryan Dungey’s name in that conversation. I will miss seeing him race. He raced with such grace and ease that he made the sport look easy.
Along with the four Supercross titles he has won three Motocross titles (2010,2012,2015). Along with the victory’s he has been in ESPN the Body issue and he won an ESPY for Best Male Action Sports Athlete in 2016. Also in that year he became the first motocross rider ever to appear on the cover of a Wheaties box.
Ryan Dungey will forever go down as one of the greatest racers of all time and I and many other fans will miss his presence and being able to watch him race. Thank you Ryan Dungey for making the sport of motocross so fun and exciting to watch
KTM Held a press conference and here is what Ryan had to say:
“It’s hard to believe that this day has come but after a lot of thinking and praying over the last several months, today I announce my retirement from racing professional Supercross and Motocross,” said Dungey. “The reality is that our sport is tough, the seasons are long and it takes a huge amount of sacrifice, hard work and discipline to stay on top. Physically I feel that I’m in the best shape of my life, race craft-wise I’m in the best shape of my life and I have the equipment to win, there’s no doubt about that. However, this year I have struggled mentally.
“I have always raced because I love it and want so badly to win, but this season was just different for me. Getting my head into the game each week just wasn’t the same and lining up and being able to focus like I always had in the past was just different. I never thought I would get to a place where I had to talk myself into starting a race but that’s how it was for me – and the truth is that bothers me a lot.
“I love racing and I love our sport but I just feel it in my heart that I am ready to step away now – happy, healthy and feeling totally blessed. I’ve accomplished everything that I set out to do and so much more. Although I’m taking a step back from racing, I still plan to be involved in the sport and continue to try to make it better in any way that I can. This sport has blessed me beyond belief and I’ll forever be grateful for the memories I’ve made and friendships I’ve developed along the way. As this chapter of my life comes to a close, I’m excited to see what the next chapter has in store for me.”
“On behalf of Feld Entertainment and Monster Energy Supercross, I would like to congratulate Ryan Dungey on his fourth championship and a record-breaking career,” added Nicole Feld, Executive Vice President of Feld Entertainment. “Very few athletes in any sport get to retire at the pinnacle of their profession. Thank you Ryan Dungey for all you contribute as an ambassador to Monster Energy Supercross, both on and off the track.”
Here is the CEO of KTM Motorsports on Dungey:
Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsports director, said, “First of all I would like to congratulate Ryan for this amazing 2017 Supercross title. It was a tough fight but at the end he took the title home to our KTM family and it just makes us really, really proud. It’s nice for our Company to work with an athlete like Ryan, who brings always 100 percent for the brand. Ryan made history for KTM – he won the first Supercross race for us and the first Supercross title, and together with the U.S. team they’ve been the game changers. I’m looking forward to working with Ryan in the future to keep our first-class team on the same position and look for young riders, which I’m sure he will give us the right hand.”