Ryan Dungey comes out of retirement to race two rounds of 2022 Pro Motocross
A week after news broke that nine-time world motocross champion Antonio Cairoli would contest the first two rounds of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, another bombshell has just dropped within that same team. ! Four-time AMA National Motocross Champion Ryan Dungey has announced that he is coming out of retirement to contest the first two rounds of the 2022 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. No, it’s not a belated April Fool’s joke!
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Dungey, 32, has returned to racing on several occasions in recent years and now it looks like the right combination and the opportunity have finally come together. The last time we saw Dungey as a professional was when he clinched his fourth and final Monster Energy AMA Supercross title in 2017, but it’s since his neck injury in 2016 at Thunder Valley that Dungey has last contested on a motocross track. All of that is about to change in a month.
NOTE: KTM said Dungey only raced the first two rounds of the series.
The following press release is from MX Sports Pro Racing:
MORGANTOWN, West Virginia-With one of the biggest and most unexpected announcements in American motocross history, four-time AMA National Motocross Champion Ryan Dungey will come out of retirement to contest the opening rounds of the 2022 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. The Minnesota native amassed one of the most decorated careers in series history before announcing his retirement from racing just before the start of the 2017 summer campaign, but now, five seasons later, he will return to the starting gate as a member of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, with whom he won the 2012 and 2015 titles in the 450 class. Fittingly, Dungey’s return will also welcome the return of his famous No. 5 on the KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition.
“We knew the 50th anniversary season of the world’s most prestigious motocross championship was destined to be one for the ages, but nothing could have prepared us for the competitive return of two of motocross’ most prolific champions in Ryan Dungey. and Antonio Cairoli,” said Davey Coombs, president of MX Sports Pro Racing. “When Ryan retired in 2017, he certainly felt like he still had a lot left in the tank, so it was bittersweet to see him walk away in his prime. While a return to action has always been something we hoped for, today’s announcement is unprecedented and we can’t wait to see two ageless legends of the sport go bar to bar with their older counterparts. young people this summer. Seeing #5 and #222 together on the track will truly be one of the defining moments of the series.
Dungey was just 27 when he hung up his helmet and boots in 2017, pausing a career that has seen him claim 46 career wins, third all-time, 91 career podium finishes, second of all time and win with three 450 class titles. (2010, 2012, 2015) and a Crown Class 250 (2009). Now, at the age of 32 and just over two months after the birth of her second child, Dungey is set to continue her unprecedented journey.
Not to be outdone, Dungey can just look beside him in the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing tent for inspiration and motivation for what is possible after 30 years. Just a week ago, the Austrian manufacturer announced that Italian MXGP icon Antonio Cairoli would make his Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship debut in the opening rounds, bringing his nine FIM Motocross World Championship titles to the States. at the age of 36, just five months away. his retirement from the first European series. The two have faced off here in the United States just once, at the 2010 FIM Motocross of Nations at Thunder Valley Motocross Park in Colorado, and engaged in a memorable battle for victory for their respective nations, from which Dungey emerged triumphant in leading Team USA to home victory.
Together, Dungey and Cairoli provide the most successful combination of teammates the sport has ever seen as they join Cooper Webb and Aaron Plessinger, two full AMA National Champions, for a historic roster at Red Bull KTM Factory Racing. They, and the rest of the star-studded international field of the world’s fastest riders, will line up together for the first time on May 28 in Southern California at Fox Raceway National before heading to Northern California for the legendary Hangtown Motocross Classic. in June. 4 in Sacramento.
The 50th anniversary of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will be reserved by the holiday weekends that serve as the proverbial start and end of summer, with the season-opening round on Memorial Day weekend on May 28 and the season finale on Labor Day Weekend on September 3. The 12-round season will visit 10 different states, visiting iconic locations with decades of history like the Classic Hangtown (June 4), High Point Racecourse (June 18), Red Bud MX (July 2nd), The wick 338 (July 9th), Spring Creek MX Park (July 16), Washougal MX Park (July 23), Unadilla MX (August 13) and Budds Creek Motocross Park (August 20), as well as other world-class venues at FoxHippodrome (May 28 & September 3), Thunder Valley Motocross Park (June 11) and Ironman circuit (August 27).
Tickets for every round of the 2022 season are now available and can be purchased by visiting the official Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship website, ProMotocross.com.
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And here is the official announcement from KTM:
Ryan Dungey Set To Race First Rounds Of AMA Pro Motocross Series This Summer
Dungey will race alongside the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team in the 450MX class at Fox Raceway National at Pala’s season opener on May 28, as well as the Hangtown Motocross Classic in Sacramento on June 4. After stepping away from professional racing in 2017 as one of the sport’s most decorated drivers, the 32-year-old will return to the Ready to Race starting grid with the iconic #5 proudly displayed aboard his brand new KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition.