Even though he was coming off a year in which he’d won both the Lites Supercross Championship and the 250 Motocross Championship, Ryan Dungey’s 2010 season was one for the ages. Dungey started the season by showing that he belonged with the big boys in Supercross and by the time that series was finished zig-zagging around the stadiums of North America, he was at the very top of the sport – the 2010 Supercross Champion.
He’d captured the title by being both fast and consistent, earning six wins in the 17-race series and joining Supercross legend Jeremy McGrath as just the second rider in history to win the premier Supercross title as a rookie.
But Dungey didn’t stop there. To show that he is inarguably the best all-around motocross racer in the world, Dungey went out and blitzed the competition in the AMA Motocross Championship, winning 10 overalls while scoring 19 moto wins en route to the title.
It all added up to a history-making season for Dungey, who came away from the 2010 season as the first rookie in history to win both the premier Supercross and National Motocross titles in his inaugural season. To cap off the year, Dungey led Team USA to victory in the prestigious Motocross of Nations event, held on American soil in 2010 in Colorado.
Since attracting the attention of the Suzuki factory team in an audition in 2006, Dungey has achieved tremendous success as a pro. He has also had the privilege of learning under the guidance and tutelage of 15-time AMA Motocross/Supercross champion Ricky Carmichael.
Through his first three years as a pro, Dungey won 18 total races in both AMA Supercross and the AMA Pro Motocross Championships. In 2009, he experienced a breakout season, fulfilling his dreams of winning championships as a professional by capturing the Monster Energy Supercross Lites Western Regional title as well as the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship 250 Class crown. To top off the most memorable year of his life prior to last year’s dream season, Dungey led Team USA to its fifth straight victory at the Motocross of Nations in Italy.
At the young age of 21, Dungey has now won every championship he’s competed in since 2009 and has already captured every title in the sport. Off the track, Dungey’s exposure has transcended the sport of motocross thanks to personal sponsorship from Corporate America companies Target and Nike. As a Nike Athlete, Dungey is an integral part of the LIVESTRONG campaign for cancer awareness. Additionally, Dungey is an advocate of the LIVESTRONG philosophy, using his involvement as a tool in his own determined quest to finding a cure for cancer, a disease that took his grandmother’s life in 2005. Motivated by his close bond with her, Dungey has dedicated his career to her memory.
To say that racing is in Dungey’s DNA would be an understatement. His father, Troy, was an amateur racer in his youth and both of Dungey’s siblings, Jade and Blake, are amateur competitors as well. The entire Dungey family is a close-knit group that travels throughout the country, supporting Ryan’s quest to be the best in the world.
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Hometown: Belle Plaine, MN
Residence: Tallahassee, FL
Date of Birth: 12/4/1989
Turned Pro: 2006
Photo and bio courtesy of: Alli