Before the start of the 2012 season, young American rider Ryan Dungey made a surprise move to the Red Bull/KTM Factory Team, but it proved an inspired decision. With 14 victories, including the final ten overalls of the season, he secured his second 450 AMA Class Motocross Championship title in two years. It came as no shock when Ryan was named the 2012 Transworld Motocross Rider of the Year.
He had already won every title in the sport of motocross. After turning pro in 2006, he was named AMA Rookie of the Year for Supercross/Motocross in 2007, and in 2009 he was crowned AMA West Coast SX Lites Champion and AMA 250 Motocross Champion.
He followed that in 2010 by winning the Supercross Championship and Motocross Championship in the 450 class in his rookie season, becoming just the second motocross rider ever to accomplish that feat. In 2011, he finished third in 450SX points and second in 450MX points.
Born in Belle Plaine, Minnesota in 1989, Ryan is supported by a family of racers. His father Troy and two siblings were all amateur riders, and they still travel with Ryan during the season to ensure he is well supported during his quest to remain at the top of the sport.
His success is largely due to his aptitude for speed and consistency, as well as his realisation that riding pro motocross takes commitment, hard work and sacrifice. “Mentally it’s a very tough sport,” he says, “and you have to be willing to pull yourself back up and do whatever it takes.”
- Age: 24
- Height: 1.78m
- Weight: 68kg
- Nationality: USA