Dungey Adds Another "First-Ever"
All year long, the phrase "first-ever" has preceded the name KTM in the AMA, and thanks to Ryan Dungey they added their first-ever 450 AMA Motocross Championship to the list. Saturday at round ten of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in Unadilla, New York, Dungey went 1-1. With that and a DNF from Mike Alessi in moto one, he was able to clinch the Championship two rounds early. Just winning an AMA motocross Championship is career feat in itself, but when you add in that it was Dungey's first year on the KTM and the bike was a newly-developed 450, it is remarkable what he accomplished.
After clinching the Championship at Unadilla, Racer X Online's Jason Weigandt caught up with Dungey for a Monday Conversation. Jason asks Dungey about what the Championship meant to him and his team manager, Roger DeCoster, as well as KTM. They also chat about all the doubters that voiced their opinions about his move from Suzuki to KTM. Heading into the season, Ryan probably read more than once that the move was career suicide, but nine months, four first-ever KTM SX wins, eight first-ever KTM 450 MX wins and their first-ever 450 AMA MX Championship later, he is looking like the smartest man on the planet.
Congrats to Ryan Dungey and the whole Red Bull/KTM squad.
To hear what Ryan and Jason talked about after Unadilla, check out "Monday Conversation: Ryan Dungey."