Nine-time AMA Supercross and Pro Motocross champ Ryan Dungey to race opening rounds of AMA Pro Motocross Series
April 29, 2022
By Keaton Maisano
Photos courtesy of KTM
It will still be 2022 when the gate drops for the opening round of the AMA Pro Motocross Series, but spectators may have flashbacks to the 2010s when they see a familiar — and recently retired — rider tearing up the track.
The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team announced that Ryan Dungey, multiple-time champion in both AMA Supercross and Pro Motocross, will race in the first two rounds of the 50th Anniversary of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship, which begins May 28 in California.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to race the first couple rounds of the outdoors for Red Bull KTM,” Dungey said in a KTM release. “I’ve had a lot of success with KTM in my most recent years of racing and it’s exciting to go back and race for the same team with a lot of great personnel. I have a lot of trust with the team, which breeds confidence sitting on the line knowing I have good people behind me and we’ve got a great dirtbike underneath us. This is a stacked class and it’s been a long time since I’ve been on the line with them but I’m excited to be back on the gate. I’ve got a lot of respect for the sport and the riders, so I don’t go into this underestimating anybody. I’m excited to just be out there racing with everybody and see what we can do.”
The 32-year-old rider last rode professionally in the 2017 AMA Supercross season, in which he won the 450SX class championship. Along with four AMA Supercross titles, Dungey took the AMA Pro Motocross Championship 450 crown three times in his successful career.
Dungey will race for the Red Bull KTM Factory team in the 450MX class at season opener, which takes place at the Fox Raceway National at Pala on May 28. He will then suit up again for the Hangtown Motocross Classic in Sacramento, Calif., on June 4.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have Ryan joining us for the first two rounds of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship,” said Ian Harrison, Red Bull KTM Team Manager. “He’s a world-class rider who has obviously achieved many great successes throughout his career and it’s great to see him having so much fun riding the bike. Ryan is a true competitor at heart so we are happy to support his desire to line up on the gate this summer and we look forward to seeing what he can do.”