“Ryan is an extremely talented young rider with an amazing work ethic and I believe he has a lot of long-term potential,” said Makita Suzuki Team Manager Roger DeCoster. “He’s had success with amateur racing and we believe that with a lot of guidance and a strong training regimen, he will eventually be a very successful factory rider. Right now, we just want Ryan to focus on learning to race on a factory level, without any pressure. Then we will begin grooming him for championships later on.”
Born and raised in Chaska, Minn., Dungey has been racing motocross for 11 years and he’s been with ASMC’s amateur program for two years. He’s won 11 major amateur titles in the past year and a half, including the prestigious 2005 Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National. Most recently, he carded several podium finishes in his first Pro events at the 2006 Ford Mammoth Motocross.
“I definitely think signing with Makita Suzuki is a great opportunity for me,” said Dungey. “I’m looking forward to working with Roger DeCoster and I know most riders don’t get this kind of a chance. Yes, it’s a little bit intimidating, but I’m not scared because I know I have confidence in myself and Suzuki isn’t putting any pressure on me. My first race is at Millville and that is one of my favorite tracks.”
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