Ryan Dungey Retires
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team's Ryan Dungey announced his retirement today. Last week, he won his fourth Monster Energy AMA Supercross title, an FIM World Championship. This was the Minneapolis native's third consecutive Monster Energy Supercross Championship (2010, 2015, 2016 and 2017). Dungey ended his career tied for third all-time with Ryan Villopoto behind only Jeremy McGrath (7 titles) and Ricky Carmichael (5 titles).
"On behalf of Feld Entertainment and Monster Energy Supercross, I would like to congratulate Ryan Dungey on his fourth championship and a record-breaking career. Very few athletes in any sport get to retire at the pinnacle of their profession," noted Nicole Feld, Executive Vice President, Feld Entertainment. "Thank you Ryan Dungey for all you contribute as an ambassador to Monster Energy Supercross, both on and off the track."
Today's announcement caps an amazing career for Dungey which included: 34 wins, 101 podium finishes, 122 Top 5 and 132 Top 10 finishes, all ranking him in the top 6 of each category all-time. Amazingly, across 134 starts Dungey only finished outside of the Top 10 two times and outside of the Top 5 twelve times which are both all-time records. In what has been described as one of the most competitive seasons in the forty-four year history of Supercross, Dungey's legacy proves that he is the most consistent racer in the sport.
Off the track, Dungey's passion is exemplified through community outreach as a role model to youth. Dungey was an early participant of the KTM Junior Supercross Challenge and has supported the program throughout his career. Dungey has partnered with St. Jude Children's Research hospital helping them to raise an impressive $500,000 through his Minneapolis-based work.
Dungey's perseverance, hard work and dedication to his sport resulted in statistics that speak for themselves. Professional highlights include being a two-time ESPN ESPY Award recipient as well as being the first-ever Supercross athlete to be featured on the iconic Wheaties box and in the pages of ESPN Magazine's Body Issue. Dungey won his first championship as a rookie in the 450SX Class and holds the distinction of being the youngest athlete to do so. He leaves holding the best all-time record for consecutive podium finishes at 31, spanning the 2015 and 2016 seasons.