Moments after he won his second career 450SX Championship Saturday night in Houston, KTM announced they have signed Ryan Dungey to a two-year extension that will keep him on orange through 2017. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise. Dungey has revived the brand and KTM has built a bike around him. They wasted little time letting it be known that their champ wasn’t going anywhere.
“I’m extremely happy that Ryan has chosen to commit another two years to the Red Bull KTM team,” explains Red Bull KTM team manager Roger De Coster. “I have worked with Ryan for many years and can honestly say he’s is in the best shape of his career right now. The level of commitment he has shown to his training program in Florida, our race team and toward the development of the KTM 450 SX-F race bike has made him a better racer showcasing his full potential. I trust he will continue performing at this level for several more years and the team and I will continue to strive to give Ryan the best possible equipment and the support he deserves.”
Dungy added: “I have never had a manufacturer work so closely with the racing team to make sure we have the best bike each year. The proof of how great the bike has become is written in the race results. I couldn’t ask for a better team and manufacturer to work for.”
Details of the deal were not disclosed.