Born into a family of racers, from early on it was clear that Ryan Dungey was something special. Fast forward through two decades, and having already notched up first place wins at the Supercross Lites Championship and the 250 Motocross Championship in 2009, the 2010 racing season proved to be a particularly memorable one for the American rider. Ryan started the season by showing that he belonged with the big boys in supercross. By the time the North American series was finished, he was crowned 2010 Supercross Champion.
But Ryan didn’t stop there – demonstrating his abilities as inarguably the best all-around motocross racer in the world, that same year he blitzed the competition in the AMA Motocross Championship and took the title. He thus finished the season as a history-maker, coming away 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.
By 2012, Ryan had joined the KTM family, bringing the team its first ever win in the AMA Motocross series. He finished his Supercross season in third place, despite a collarbone break that required surgery. At the 2013 AMA SX season finale in Las Vegas, Ryan finished second place, bringing his overall season points to 337 and a third place overall finish.
In 2014, Dungey kept his momentum, taking overall second places at both the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship 450 and the 2014 AMA Monster Energy Supercross Series, not to mention first place at Red Bull Unadilla National. With yet another stellar start in 2015, Ryan has demonstrated that commitment, hard work and sacrifice really do pay off with another AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross championship now under his belt.
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The 10th round of the 2018 SX series saw the riders tackle the infield of the famed Daytona Motor Speedway. Known as the toughest and longest track of the season, the riders had their work cut out for them.
Daytona marked the 4th round of the east coast 250 series. Coming off of two wins in a row, Fox Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider, Austin Forkner was coming into Daytona just 2 points out of the series lead.
Austin started strong, posting the fastest time in both timed qualifying sessions during the day.
Heat race 2 saw Fox Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki riders, Martin Davalos and Austin Forker lined up on the gate. Both riders were off to good starts and finished the heat in second and third.
As the main event started, both riders got good starts coming out of the first turn near the front of the pack. Martin rode a solid race ending the night in 5th. Austin had the speed to stay at the front of the pack finishing 3rd for the night. The strong finish from Austin has him tied for the series points lead as they head to St. Louis next weekend.
Chad Reed is still searching for the right bike setup and riding into shape after a preseason injury. He was able to qualify directly to the main from the heat race. Chad put in another consistent ride in the main event with a 12th place finish.
Photos: Octopi Media: Ryne Swanberg/Garth Milan
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Rockstar Energy Triple Crown – AX Tour Round 1
The highly anticipated start of the Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series kicked off last weekend in Abottsford, BC. With $100,000 up for grabs at the end of the Triple Crown Series and the AX portion being the first gate drops of the season, the fans were treated to some exciting bar banging racing!
MX2 rider, Dylan Wright qualified in first place but would succumb to the traitorous track conditions during the Main Event and was unable to finish the race.
MX1 rider, Colton Facciotti qualified in second place and carried that momentum into the Main Event. Facciotti received the Royal Distributing Holeshot award and lead every lap on his way to the victory making him the early front runner for the 100k Triple Crown prize money.
Round 2/3 of the AX Tour will be a double header event in Calgary Alberta on March 16th & 17th.