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Ryan Dungey Returns To Motocross On Secret Cornfield Track

Paul Iverson

The Motocross Superstar Presents “Homegrown,” a Project That Pays Homage to The Hardy People and Cornfield-laden Land That Raised Him
 
Earlier this year one of the most accomplished motocross rider in the world, Ryan Dungey, shocked the world by announcing his retirement in the peak of his career. Although the seven-time AMA champion walked away from competing, that doesn’t mean he’s going out quietly. In a testament to the industriousness of the community and driven disposition of those from the American Midwest, Dungey delivers “Homegrown”, the definitive statement to his career that reflects his personal mantra of believing in commitment, hard work, and sacrifice. The video captures the Minnesota native as he showcases his incredibly fast riding in a one-of-a-kind 10-acre cornfield-turned-motocross track with the same mentality he was raised on – put in the work, see results. While the track itself may bewilder some, it symbolizes the region that Ryan calls home and the effort that was put into his career.
 
From humble beginnings, but from a family of dedicated and passionate motorsports enthusiasts, this “simple” Minnesota boy went on to rise to the top of his sport, achieving 80 total wins, 12 Championships and winning ESPY’s for Best Male Action Sports Athlete in both 2015 and 2016. Despite his accomplishments, Dungey has managed to stay grounded and become an icon to the sport, never forgetting where he came from.
 
“Even if you’re a simple kid from a small town in Minnesota, just like me, if you dream big, work hard, and believe in yourself, big things can come your way.”
 
As with agriculture and the spirit in which America was built, Dungey’s “Homegrown” represents solid core values and commitment to a cause. Join us as we celebrate the motocross superstar’s last rip around the track and experience first-hand the adrenaline, the fuel, and the lifelong pursuit of greatness.

Watch the YouTube video below

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Ryan Dungey has announced his retirement from professional Supercross and Motocross racing

Paul Iverson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team rider Ryan Dungey has announced his retirement today from professional racing in a press conference hosted by KTM inside the iconic Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. Dungey’s announcement comes shortly after securing his third-consecutive AMA 450 SX Championship aboard the KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION in what would ultimately serve as the final race of his professional career at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium.

Dungey, a 27-year-old Minnesota native, has captured a total of nine AMA Supercross and Motocross Championships, including four AMA 450SX titles (2017, 2016, 2015, 2012), three AMA 450 Class MX titles (2015, 2012, 2010), an AMA West Coast SX Lites title (2009) and an AMA 250 Class MX title (2009). Additionally, Dungey was a vital part of the U.S. Team’s success in 2009, 2010 and 2011 to bring home three Motocross des Nations Championships.

Not only did Ryan Dungey make big strides in his career on the race track, but he also made an everlasting impact on the sport as a whole. In 2015, Dungey won the ESPY Award for Best Male Action Sports Athlete, and he once again took the honor in 2016. That same year, Dungey reached another milestone to become the first motocross rider ever to appear on the Wheaties Box, further proving his merit outside of the motorcycle community.

Dungey: “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. This decision has not been an easy one. I've achieved more than I ever could have imagined or dreamed of and for all of this I am incredibly humbled and honored. I've gone as hard as I can for as long as I can but 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 could easily take the paycheck and just race to finish but that’s not who I am and not how I want to race, nor be remembered. I said on the podium in Las Vegas a week and a half ago that this championship win meant the most out of all my Supercross titles because the truth is, I had to fight the hardest for this one. Not necessarily because of the battles on the track, though those were good and tough, but because I had to mentally push myself like never before to get it done. And to come out on top and hold onto the championship title for the third year in a row is an unbelievable blessing that I’m incredibly proud of.

Dungey added, “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.

Stefan Pierer (CEO KTM GROUP): “For six years Ryan has been a part of the KTM family, beginning in 2012 when he came to KTM following Roger De Coster. Since then, Ryan has written a very important part of our history and together with Roger they brought KTM to the pinnacle of the sport worldwide. Ryan is outstanding. His performance and his personality brought KTM to the next level and we thank him for that. We are wishing him all the best for the next step and we are very happy to look for his next ambitious goals in the KTM family.

Pit Beirer (KTM Motorsports Director): “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.

Roger De Coster (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager): “It has been an honor to work with Ryan for over ten years together. In that time he never failed to end a championship on the podium and I can say that I have never worked with a rider who took his job so seriously. This is the end of an era but we know Ryan will stay involved with our team although it is not completely defined yet. He has already begun helping Marvin prepare for the Nationals and we are excited to continue our relationship with him. We wish Ryan and Lindsey all the best for their future."

The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team would like thank Ryan Dungey for his many contributions to the KTM brand, as well as the sport of Supercross and Motocross as a whole. Congratulations, Champ!

The 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Series Press Conference at Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Paul Iverson

The big players were on hand. 2-time defending champion Ryan Dungey, who will race on the Red Bull KTM. German-born Ken Roczen rocking a great new suit, and races for Team Honda HRC. Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac. Marvin Musquin, Chad Reed, Jason Anderson, and Cooper Webb.

The main protagonists? Ken Roczen in his new suit and tie, Ryan Dungey. Ryan Dungey's KTM, Ken Roczen's Honda, Chad's Reed's Yamaha, Roczen / Honda, Dungey / KTM, Jason Anderson's Husqvarna, Eli Tomac's Kawasaki.

Monster Energy Supercross 2017 TV Schedule

Paul Iverson

Feld Entertainment Inc. announced the upcoming 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, schedule with more ways to watch, on more channels, globally.

With an expanded FOX broadcast partnership, Supercross fans will also be able to watch the first race from Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., on FOX Deportes, alongside social media and live streaming options for enthusiasts outside of North America and Australia.

Devotees of Ryan Dungey, Eli Tomac or Ken Roczen can still watch races on FS1, FS2 and ESPN (Australia) throughout the season, but for the first time in the four-year media partnership with FOX, Monster Energy Supercross will have airtime on FOX Deportes for the kick-off in Anaheim, Calif. on January 7, 2017 and on every local FOX station throughout the country for races in Indianapolis (3/18/2017), Salt Lake City (4/22/2017) and East Rutherford, N.J. (4/29/2017). Check local listings.

Fans in North America can catch the aerial excitement and high-speed chases on their desktops and mobile devices via FOX Sports GO, FOX Sports' authenticated TV everywhere app, as well as the Monster Energy Supercross pay-per-view live stream available through www.SupercrossLIVE.com.

Monster Energy Supercross will provide an option to access the action, energy and excitement in real time outside of North America for the first time via the pay-per-view live stream. Fans will be able to purchase a season pass for $99.99 and stream races live and up to one week following the race.

For those already excited for the season, Feld Entertainment will also debut the Monster Energy Supercross 2017 Preview Show on December 18 on FS1 at 5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT.  This unprecedented, unfiltered look into the lives of Ryan Dungey, Chad Reed, Ken Roczen, Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin, Jason Anderson and Cooper Webb chronicles preparations before the elite riders go head-to-head in the quest for their place on the podium.

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Monster Energy AMA Supercross goes to timed format instead of laps for 2017

Paul Iverson

Feld Entertainment has announced that the racing format will change for the 2017 season of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship. Heat races, Semi's, Last Chance Qualifiers and Main Events will transition to a timed format beginning with the season opener at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, Calif. on January 7, 2017.

Evolution and progression are natural elements of expansion and with the ever-changing landscape of today's Supercross racing, this format adjustment will simply give fans more exposure to the sport's top athletes. Every stadium is a different size and shape throughout the Monster Energy Supercross Championship and lap times can vary exponentially from race to race. This new format will make sure that racers like Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac, Team Honda HRC's Ken Roczen and defending Monster Energy Supercross Champion, Ryan Dungey get to race in front of their fans for the same amount of time, every race.

"We believe this change will bring the fitness element more into play and provide more excitement for our fans," said Dave Prater, Senior Director of Operations - Two Wheel, Feld Entertainment.

Once the gate drops, the referee will start the clock. For the 250SX class it will be 15 minutes plus one lap and for the 450 SX class it will be 20 minutes plus one lap. That means if defending Champion, Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen have battled for 20 laps to the finish line but there is still 15 seconds on the clock, they will race two more laps.

Trey Canard join Red Bull KTM USA Racing Team

Paul Iverson

KTM Motorsports is officially welcoming Trey Canard to the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team for 2017. The Oklahoma native will race a KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition alongside teammates Ryan Dungey and Marvin Musquin in the AMA 450 Supercross Championship and AMA 450 Pro Motocross Championship.

Trey Canard arrives at KTM family with a list of accomplishments under his belt, including a 250 SX East Championship and a 250 MX Championship, in addition to race wins and multiple podium finishes in the premier 450 SX and MX divisions. Known for his positive attitude and great determination, Canard’s READY TO RACE mentality is a great fit for the championship-winning Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team.

Trey Canard: “I'm extremely excited to join the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team. It's a fresh start for me and I’m hopeful that I can make the most of this great opportunity. I'm excited to work with all the crew at KTM as they have proven to be a championship-winning team. I'm grateful for this opportunity and I will do my very best to make the most of it.

Team Manager, Roger De Coster: “We are excited to add Trey to our rider lineup for the upcoming SX and MX seasons. Trey is a great guy and I think his dedication to wanting to be the best he can be, coupled with his personality, is a good fit for our team. Trey has always shown a lot of talent and speed in the 450 class. Our goal is to help him fine-tune his skills and give him the additional guidance to win on the KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition.

Trey Canard :: KTM Racing

Trey Canard :: KTM Racing

2017 Top 100 and Career Pro Numbers for AMA Supercross and Motocross

Paul Iverson

The AMA (American Motorcyclist Association) has released the numbers for riders in AMA Supercross and Motocross for 2017.

* Career Numbers

** New Career Number for 2017

1 - 450 SX - Ryan Dungey
1 - 450 MX - Ken Roczen
1 - 250 MX - Cooper Webb
1 - 250 SX West - Cooper Webb
1 - 250 SX East - Malcolm Stewart
2** Cooper Webb
3* Eli Tomac
4* Blake Baggett
5* Ryan Dungey
6* Jeremy Martin
7* James Stewart
10* Justin Brayton
11* Kyle Chisholm
12* Jake Weimer
14* Cole Seely
15* Dean Wilson
16* Zach Osborne
17** Joey Savatgy
18* David Millsaps
19* Justin Bogle
20* Broc Tickle
21* Jason Anderson
22* Chad Reed
23** Aaron Plessinger
24 Austin Forkner
25* Marvin Musquin
26** Alex Martin
27* Nicholas Wey
28 Mitchell Oldenburg
29* Andrew Short
30 Martin Davalos
31 RJ Hampshire
32 Weston Peick
33* Joshua Grant
34 Benny Bloss
35 Arnaud Tonas
36 Adam Cianciarulo
37 Phillip Nicoletti
38 Shane McElrath
39 Colt Nichols
40 Fredrik Noren
41* Trey Canard
42 Kyle Cunningham
43 Matthew Bisceglia
44 Jordan Smith
45 Mitchell Harrison
46 Justin Hill
47 Malcolm Stewart
48 Christian Craig
49 Anthony Rodriguez
50 Luke Renzland
51* Justin Barcia
52 Tyler Bowers
53 Cole Martinez
54 Gannon Audette
55 Jessy Nelson
56 Kyle Peters
57 James Decotis
58 Chris Alldredge
59 Noah McConahy
60 Tristan Charboneau
61 Vince Friese
62 Jesse Wentland
63 Alexander Frye
64 Hayden Mellross
65 Paul Coates
66 Michael Leib
67 Jimmy Albertson
68 Heath Harrison
69 William Hahn
70 Dakota Alix
71 Justin Starling
72 Cole Thompson
73 Marshal Weltin
74 Bradley Taft
75 Nicholas Schmidt
76 Scott Champion
77 Ben Lamay
78 Nick Gaines
79 Darryn Durham
80 Cade Clason
81 Henry Miller
82 Luke Clout
83 Jackson Richardson
84 Daniel Herrlein
85 Thomas Hahn
86 Trevor Reis
87 Chris Howell
88 John Short
89 Austin Howell
90 Dillan Epstein
91 Jacob Williamson
92 Jason Brooks
93 Joshua Cartwright
94* Ken Roczen
95 AJ Catanzaro
96 Vann Martin
97 Ryan Sipes
98 Matthew Babbitt
99 Chase Marquier
377* Christophe Pourcel
800* Mike Alessi

Ryan Dungey injured - cracked vertebrae

Paul Iverson

Red Bull KTM regrets to report that reigning motocross champion Ryan Dungey has sustained a cracked vertebrae and will miss High Point and several upcoming rounds of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship.

The injury happened when he crashed while battling for the lead on the opening lap of Moto 2 at Thunder Valley MX last weekend. Showing immense heart, Dungey bounced back from the crash and rode a remarkable come-from-behind race coming from 19th place back to 4th spot by the races end to finish 2nd overall for the round.

After evaluation by several doctors this week, the doctors have confirmed that Dungey cracked his C6 Vertebrae in the fall and requires a minimum of 6-8 weeks healing time.

“It's very difficult to share such disappointing news,” said Ryan Dungey. “It’s heart breaking mainly because of all the hard work the team and I have put in preparing to defend the motocross title this year. But I'm very thankful that the injury wasn't worse. I will use this time away from racing to recover fully, knowing this will only make me stronger and more motivated. Thank you everyone for your support and understanding.”

“Obviously Ryan being injured is tough on the team,” said Red Bull KTM Team Manager Roger De Coster. “At the time we didn’t know about his injury and we were so proud of the way he raced that second moto in Colorado coming from 19th place all the way to almost finish on the podium. But to now know that he accomplished that battling through the pain of a cracked vertebrae shows what an unbelievably tough champion rider he really is. The plan right now is to reassess his return to racing in 6 weeks’ time once he is reevaluated by his doctor.”

The entire Red Bull KTM Factory Team wishes him a speedy recovery.