Red Bull KTM rider Ryan Dungey has announced his retirement from Monster Energy Supercross.
Just over two weeks ago, Dungey, 27, stood on the winner’s podium celebrating his fourth Supercross title at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. Yesterday, he stood on a podium at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California, officially announcing his retirement from both professional supercross and motocross racing, effective immediately.
During the press conference, Dungey admitted that, while physically in the best shape of his life, mentally he struggled this year. He says that for the first time he had to talk himself into going to the races – his heart wasn’t in it anymore.
“I have always raced because I love it and want so badly to win, but this season was just different for me. Getting my head into the game each week just wasn’t the same and lining up and being able to focus like I always had in the past was just different. I never thought I would get to a place where I had to talk myself into starting a race but that’s how it was for me – and the truth is that bothers me a lot.”
Dungey will not disappear from the racing scene completely. After enjoying some time off with his wife he plans to continue to work with KTM racing.
Watch Ryan Dungey’s announcement below: