a deeper field of talent, raced with
newfound fervor, and captivated
many with his professionalism and
candor. He is, for all intents and purposes, the new face of Supercross.
Taking a broad view of Dungey’s
body of collective work, the nuances
of Ryan’s approach to success would
almost seem boring. Sports fans are
drawn to the flamboyant and atypical. James Stewart has long been
lauded for his otherworldly talents
on a bike. The brash and fast-talking
Justin Barcia is a fan favorite due to
his no-holds-barred, on-track aggression. Ryan Dungey, on the other
hand, is vanilla. Rarely is he boastful
or hot-tempered. Calm under pressure, calculated and lacking pizzazz,
Ryan is a racer’s racer. Many have
tried to force Dungey to be something that he’s not. Thankfully, all
attempts have failed.
Dungey embraces the same ethos
as Jeff Stanton and Ricky Carmichael.
He outworks the competition,
expects perfection from himself,
strives to improve, and is as strong
mentally as he is physically. The
beauty of Ryan Dungey’s riding won’t
be found over triples or through the
whoops—although he’s darn good
in those areas—but instead in the
turns. Dungey’s roll speed is second
to none. He carries incredible speed
DUNGEY EMBRACES THE SAME ETHOS AS
JEFF STANTON AND RICKY CARMICHAEL.
HE OUTWORKS THE COMPETITION, EXPECTS
PERFECTION FROM HIMSELF, STRIVES TO
IMPROVE AND IS AS STRONG MENTALLY
AS HE IS PHYSICALLY. THE BEAUTY OF
RYAN DUNGEY’S RIDING WON’T BE FOUND
OVER TRIPLES OR THROUGH THE WHOOPS—
ALTHOUGH HE’S DARN GOOD IN THOSE AREAS—
BUT INSTEAD IN THE TURNS.
into every corner and maintains forward momentum when exiting turns.
Casual fans cannot comprehend the
difficultly of such an expert tactical
maneuver. Ryan isn’t dragging his
handlebar; he is finding the perfect
speed and angle. It’s not flashy, but
results show that it’s effective.
Speaking about results, Dungey has
won around half of the Supercross
mains in the past two years. During
that time he shattered Chad Reed’s
longstanding record for most
consecutive podium finishes and
moved into sixth place on the all-time 450 Supercross wins list. Ryan
clinched his third 450 Supercross
Championship this season, becoming
one of only five racers to win at least