Dungee training injury forces him out of Daytona Supercross
Tough Guy Award. Team KTM's Ryan Dungey will have to sit out the upcoming Daytona Supercross because of an earlier training accident that left him with a broken collarbone. Ryan rode the St. Louis SX after the injury, taking second to RV2 in the process, and kept mum about the injury. He is taking Daytona off to get it fixed and should be back in action asap.
Some guys are tough. Some aren't. Most pro motocrossers are. Some more than others. Ryan Dungey belongs in the 'more than others' group. He had a shoulder injury while practicing in Florida, prior to the St. Louis Supercross. He kept it mostly to himself and went out and took second the following weekend to series leader, Ryan Villopoto. Since then he had it looked at and it was found to be broken. He has had it plated and will end up missing this weekends Daytona Supercross. How long Dungey is out is still to be determined but the resilient and tough as nails, Minnesottan will be back, of that, we're sure. The injured list of top Supercross riders continues to mount (see our story of who's hurt in the 'page-flip' version of DIRT ILLustrated in our 'In-the-Dirt' section).
For all the naysayers about Ryan Dungey not being aggressive enough, his toughness need never be questioned again. Even with a broken collarbone, Ryan showed the grit that has made him a National Champ. A tip of the DIRT ILL visor Ryan for showing what you'r made of.
This is what KTM team manager Roger DeCoster had to say about the incident...“It is often heard around the pits that Ryan needs to get more aggressive and tougher on the track; I am guilty of this prediction myself. But after what he accomplished last week racing to a close second with a broken collarbone; my doubts about how tough he is are well and truly gone. We knew he was hurting but we did not realize his injury was that extensive. His gutsy performance in St. Louis and determination to keep racing despite his injury is a testament to his dedication to the team.”