Dungey to retire at the end of 2017?
Update 16th May 2017 – Ryan Dungey has officially retired from supercross and motocross. In an emotional press conference he explained his decision which you can read here on gatedrop.com.
Ryan Dungey’s KTM contract is up at the end of the 2017 and some experts are suggesting that this indeed could be his last season in the sport!
Dungey has already made it clear he doesn’t want to transition to MXGP like Ryan Villopoto did, and as one of the hardest workers, and one of the older riders in supercross (even at just 27), Steve Matthes and Jason Thomas feel if he hasn’t been signed a contract by Las Vegas then he might just be calling it quits.
“I think this is going to be an on going sub-plot in the supercross series,” explained Steve Matthes on the Racer X supercross preview show. “It’s his last year of his KTM contract, if we don’t hear about him re-signing halfway through supercross/three-quarters of the way through supercross, I gotta think he is going to pack it in. I think he does hang it up, if I was to bet I think this it for the Dunge.”
Jason Thomas had similar feelings about the potential retirement of one of the greats: ” I think Dungey walks out, I think he retires at the end of 2017 a winner.” admitted former professional rider.
Dungey has of course won everything in the USA that there is to win, he knows Tomac and Roczen are only going to get stronger so you can see there would be logic there. However, Dungey is very driven and you wonder what he would do without a championship to chase and retire from the sport he loves before he is even thirty years old!
As a fan of the sport you never want the greats to hang up their boots when they are still competitive and title challengers, but they say ten years in pro motocross is a good run and this will be Dungey’s tenth year at the top, mentally he may just have had enough of the grind of US supercross and motocross with all the races especially with having a title pressure every year.
Time will tell the answer but brace yourselves, because this could well be Ryan Dungey’s last supercross season.
You can watch Jason Weigandt, Steve Matthes and Jason Thomas discuss the big three of Dungey, Roczen and Tomac plus see their title predictions below: