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Ryan Dungey Leaves Suzuki

Monday, September 12, 2011
Ryan Dungey won the overall  but it wasnt enough to retain his 450 crown.
Ryan Dungey will race one final event for Suzuki at the 2011 Motocross des Nations in France.
Ryan Dungey will no longer pilot a Suzuki RM-Z450 motocross bike in AMA Supercross or AMA Pro Motocross. After a successful run with the Rockstar Makita Suzuki squad on both 250 and 450 machines, Dungey has parted ways with the team to find employment elsewhere for 2012. Suzuki continues to support him through the Motocross des Nations this weekend in France, after which their partnership will terminate.

Ryan Dungey has had great success in his years with the team as Suzuki’s Championship DNA propelled him to score both 250 and 450 titles aboard the RM-Z,” said team manager, Mike Webb. “We all wish Ryan much luck with his future endeavors.”

Dungey just wrapped up the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross series in second place, taking the championship down to the final round at Pala Raceway against longtime rival Ryan Villopoto. Suzuki released a statement today which lays out its intended riders for 2012 and Brett Metcalfe is the only person on the list. Metcalfe finished fourth in the outdoor standings with a strong surge late in the season.

Ryan Dungey could only manage second in the opening moto. He will need a miracle in Moto 2.
Dungey won four titles for Suzuki.
“We’re extremely happy to have Brett Metcalfe as part of our team for 2012,” said Webb. “Metty has shown he has the stuff to win and is a great ambassador for the sport and a quality representative for American Suzuki.”

Dungey is a top free agent this season and will certainly command a high price. Dungey is always quick to credit his team from the podium, but it's undeniable that mechanical woes cost him a real shot at the title. A DNF while leading early in the season was followed with a near catastrophe at Southwick when he was left standing on the starting gate without a functioning motorcycle. His mechanic rushed the bike to him after the rest of the pack had left and Dungey scrapped his way through to salvage points. The biggest difference between the 2010 racing program and 2011 is that team manager Roger DeCoster left to join KTM. It’s heavily rumored that Dungey is seeking a spot on the Red Bull KTM team under DeCoster’s guidance once again.

DeCoster originally plucked Dungey from the amateur ranks and signed him to Suzuki’s factory program as a relative unknown. The Minnesota native was the 2007 AMA Rookie of the Year. He won the Western Supercross Lites and 250 Motocross title in 2009 and then swept through the 450 ranks as a big-bike rookie. Dungey set the record for most wins by a rookie in 2010 en route to collecting the Supercross and 450 Motocross titles.

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motox   September 15, 2011 06:06 PM
Dungey is a really laid back guy! and should be on a great team!!! but ktm??? come on they have to much talent now they don't need more!!!I would like to see ryan on a yamaha or honda!!! dungey needs to NOT follow roger around...good luck dungey!!!
x2468   September 13, 2011 07:27 AM
although he isn't my fave rider, he's one of the best, and he'd be a helluva asset for KTM. I wouldn't want to see him go anywhere else.
BaldKnob   September 12, 2011 07:44 PM
I thought he would leave but 2 days after the season... wow! It would be so cool to see Dungey roll into Vegas on a KTM 250 smoker. Run what you brung boys!
ChoCho   September 12, 2011 03:00 PM
Ryan Dungey is truly one of the best all-around riders in the sport of motocross today. He had some difficult moments this season, but I expect him to be strong at any team he rides with. Man, KTM would be interesting though... Here's to one hell of a season Dungey, and I look forward to seeing you at the top of the podium in the future.
Oliver   September 12, 2011 02:24 PM
The writing was on the wall when the Zook's mechanical problems essentially cost Dungey the outdoor title. KTM and Dungey. Can you say: "Katoomgey"?