Rider: Kyle Cunningham
Team: DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha
Machine: Yamaha YZ250F (#35)
Born: July 5, 1989 in Irving, TX
Although Kyle Cunningham has only been on the pro racing circuit for the past five years with minimal factory support, he’s managed to fit quite a lot into them. Beginning with his amateur career, Kyle won several motos at the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National Championships, coming just shy of earning a title. However, at the World Mini Grand Prix in Las Vegas he managed to win 10 out of 12 motos and had holeshots in 10 out of 12, as well. Kyle also won multiple championships in amateur races throughout his home state of Texas. Ultimately, Kyle did well enough to attract the attention of Yamaha of Troy and was picked up during the 2007 season.
In Cunningham’s rookie year he rode to several top-10 finishes in the Lites class. In 2008 Kyle he was under the Butler Brothers Racing Team, one of the largest privateer efforts on the circuit. During the Supercross season he improved tremendously, and finished inside the top-10 overall. Despite having a strong Supercross season, however, Cunningham was dropped from the Butler Brothers Racing Team and was forced to go solo for the majority of the Outdoor Nationals. Not letting his privateer status affect him, he cracked out a top-five finish at Budd’s Creek. At the very end of the 2008 season Kyle was invited to join the Motosport/Xtreme Team Green Kawasaski squad, where he raced until 2009.
During the 2008 season of Motocross Kyle was forced to ride as a privateer. With no sponsorship he rode to a top-five finish at Budd’s Creek.
Under Cunningham’s new Kawasaki team his best result came in the SX Lites round at Seattle where he finished seventh. He topped his 2009 season of Motocross with a second-place finish at Washougal, Washington.
In 2010 he had his best season yet in Supercross, earning eighth overall during a season which contained multiple top-10 finishes. He made the decision to ride a 450 in the outdoors after enjoying his brief experience filling in for the injured Ivan Tedesco. In his first full MX season aboard a 450, he rode well for a rookie and landed a top-five finish during Moto 1 at Thunder Valley. He ended 16th in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship, a result which set him up for a solid ride the next year.
After landing a deal with the DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha team for 2011, Cunningham moved back down to the 250 class. Out of the nine rounds scheduled in the 2011 West Coast Lites series, he notched four top-five finishes – including a podium during the final round in Las Vegas. The 22-year-old then moved to the outdoor nationals where he managed another two podiums to finish fifth overall.
For 2012 Cunningham has re-signed with the DNA Shred Stix/ Star Racing Yamaha team.
2011: 8th (WSX), 5th (250 MX)
2010: 8th (ESX), 16th (MX)
2009: 11th (WSX), 11th (250 MX)
2008: 11th (WSX), 7th (250 MX)
2007: 10th (WSX), 24th (250 MX)