Ryan Dungey has sensationally claimed he would never race MXGP because the competition is tougher in America!

Despite not winning a single moto at the last three Motocross of Nations, and seeing his arch rival Ryan Villopoto be the fourth best guy in his brief MXGP attempt, Dungey has come to bizarre conclusion that the level the world championship is inferior to America.

Speaking to Racer X, Dungey said: “I think over here in America the competition is higher, tougher. So I won’t ever probably do that (MXGP) in my lifetime.”

Dungey also said he didn’t like the look of the hard-pack GP tracks, showing yet again just how one dimensional the US series and riders are outdoors. Apparently if it’s not loamy it isn’t a proper track! It is an ironic statement considering Dungey is probably America’s best hard pack rider with his smooth style.

What Dungey has failed to realise, is that to be the best motocross rider in the world you have to prove it by racing different types of tracks in different countries, versatility is key. Winning in your own country on the same style of track every week against a couple of foreign riders doesn’t cut it. It’s why Zach Osborne admitted the world championship is the most prestigious outdoor series in the world due to it’s diversity.

It is a fascinating insight into the mentality of the majority of US riders who has grown up in a bubble believing the lie of US superiority from the American media. Dungey admitted at his first Nations in 2009 that the only non-American riders he had heard of was those that raced in the USA. The lack of coverage of the world championship in America and the lack of respect for it being the world championship is still hurting the series in the USA.

Further evidence of the disparity between American perception and reality of the standard of the World championship was when Alex Martin, after the Des Nations in 2013, said he was surprised at the speed of the riders, but by the Nations of 2014, Martin was again surprised by the speed! But he still didn’t believe the riders were really that quick and said he thought the GP riders raise their speed by two seconds a lap at the Nations compared to their normal speed!

The fact the US media didn’t want Ryan Villopoto to race MXGP in case he didn’t win, and then came up with a load of excuses for him when he didn’t win further proves just how difficult it is for America to accept the level of the World championship riders is just as good as the top Americans, especially on a level playing field.

But for as long as the US national pride remains more important than the truth in the USA aligned with a bias media, the world championship will always struggle for respect and riders will continue to grow up naively  believing the World championship is a step down from AMA racing.

The reality of course is different but why spoil a good American story with the truth? It’s America v the world!



  1. This Ryan “always the second” Dungey actually said MXGP is weaker? 😀 Kid face, please. All the times he rode European track vs our riders, he was beaten as shit. I noticed how all AMA peasants are angry at MXGP being superior championship now.

  2. Yeah, thats why Simpson went over there, rode a track he’s never rode, a bike he’s never rode, in a climate he’s never rode in, with a foreign race structure and got 4th overall. Yeah AMA is SOOO superior lmfao at the logic.

  3. How come Cairoli has never made the trek over to America to race? I agree the MXGP format is a lot tougher and I think the AMA should adopt the GP formats but each series has their perks and if your racing and being competitive in either series your one of the best in the world…..

  4. Maybe i live in a bubble but did’nt the US win the last 7 out of 10 past races? Those are the results, not a lie from the US media?

  5. Just look what febvre did at glen Helen and at the nations.cairoli wasn’t fit and desaile out ,dungey is a fool to say that.to be the best you have to be able to ride all terrains all continents.i have massive respect for rv coming over and having a go,and love his mad riding style.if he could have had a few seasons he could have got up there.but dungey is a fool.the only yank who could have a crack at it would be bubba. And

  6. Dungey is weak rider! That’s why USA lost all races in the last years. Even that he don’t come to race last year, because he knew he will be beaten hard. So I was Germany and in Belgium on the MXoN and believe me Dungey is weak weak rider. Now in America he is first, because Roczen is still young, Tomec is not consistant, Barcia is weak and the others are low level. That’s why he will win this year the SX. But when Villopoto was there Dungey never won! He will loose the MX season this year too! I am huge fan of the USA MX and I can say that he is the worst ever rider part of USA Team. Even Pastrana was riding with more motivation 🙂

  7. Dungey has always been an also ran, he only won the US supercross series when Vilipoto or Stewart were out, right now he has no competition in theUSA but it wont last long and he will be forgotten I think it is a shame European manufacturer see fit to sponsor a rider that isn’t world class, they should be sponsoring Roczen but then they wouldn’t sell bikes in the USA unless a stupid yank like Dungey is sitting on it., remember Dungey, the Europeans handed Villipoto and the whole team of Americans their asses when they came to the WORLD championships in 2015.

  8. I’m European, and have always supported the World Championships, but Dungey does have a point. The best and fastest MX rider in the world today is Ken Roczen (this is not open to discussion) and he is racing in America. Also, as a rider, why would he want to ride in a series where there is zero prize money and the promotor pockets all the sponsor money? He can make several millions racing in the US, which none of the GP riders can do racing the GP’s. So, in many ways he is correct. Longuo has screwed up the WCship with his insatable greed. Screw him. If I raced MX I would also go and ply my trade in the US.

  9. While I agree his statements are ridiculous I must say, running the MXGP for Dungey would just be a stupid move. Everyone in the USA knows Dungey. He is loved there. Do you think Europe would welcome him with open arms? Instead of RV vs the world it would be RD vs the world. Why would an AMA champ who has won everything travel to places he is hated, to race tracks he is not interested in? What is the motivation ? He has the titles he wanted, the money he wanted, the love and respect he wanted; all in his own backyard. What is the reason for him to leave all that behind?

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