By admin | January 1, 2013
By Richard Allen
Prior to 2012, Austrian motorcycle brand KTM had not won a major Supercross event in the United States. But the addition of championship rider Ryan Dungey andÂ highly regardedÂ team manager Roger DeCoster changed all of that. After having had success in Europe and other parts of the world, the orange colored dirt bikes emerged as a major contender for event wins and championship titlesÂ on this side of the Atlantic duringÂ this past year.
In last year’s Supercross season, Dungey piled up four main event victories. The Belle Plain, Minnesota rider took the final two races in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas to close out a stellar 2012 campaign. Those wins combined with first place efforts in Phoenix and Atlanta propelled the KTM factory rider to a third place finish in the overallÂ 450cc classÂ standings despite having missed five races in the middle of the schedule due to injury.Â
Dungey andÂ KTM went on to completely dominate the Motocross portion of the AMA schedule by winning 18 of the 25 main events, including a string of ten consecutivevictoriesÂ in the midst of theÂ season. Granted, big stars Ryan Villopoto, Chad Reed and James Stewart missed the Motocross season but Dungey’s domination is still noteworthy.
â€œWhen I joined the KTM team last October, team manager Roger (DeCoster) told me that we would be championship contenders and I believed him,” Dungey recalled in an interview after clinching the Motocross title.Â ”It has come true today.â€
But more than just a new bike, a new manager and a new team, Dungey credited much of his success to a significant life change. After being diagnosed as suffering from allergies to milk and eggs, the 2010 AMA Supercross champion switched to a gluten-free diet. That, he says, made a big difference in his energy level.
“When you eat it, your body tries to fight it like it’s fighting a cold and you feel a little down,” Dungey said. “Overall, getting rid of the stuff I was slightly allergic to I feel better, think clearer, feel stronger in my training, just putting in more productive days.”
Ryan Dungey came out of 2012 with momentum on his side. Now with the start of the 2013 Monster Energy Supercross season this Saturday in Anaheim,Â he along withÂ Roger DeCoster and KTM look to build on the success they finally began to experience on American soil.
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