Supercross: Ryan Dungey – Your 2016 Champion

Congratulations are in order for your 2016 Monster Energy Supercross season – Ryan Dungey.

If the 2015 was Ryan Dungey’s year, then 2016 was Ryan Dungey’s playground. The 2015 champion of AMA Monster Energy Supercross clinched back-to-back titles with his fourth place finish in Saturday night’s main event at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. And it’s with that where Dungey enters some legendary territory.

By clinching his third Supercross championship, Dungey is among the greatest to ever ride on two wheels. He was won multiple major AMA championships, and entered 2016 as the reigning Supercross and Motocross champion. The KTM rider was challenged both last year and this year too by the best on motorbikes, including multi-time champions Chad Reed and James Stewart.

2015 was certainly an impressive year for Dungey, wrapping up two major AMA titles in one year. More impressive though was his effort in the 2016 Supercross season. His worst finish this season has been fourth, compared to eight wins in sixteen events. There’s still the season finale to come as well in Las Vegas, where if Dungey could win, he would win more than half the races this year. He’ll also look to finish on the podium in all but one race (New Jersey) when the gate drops in Vegas.

The question becomes, where does Ryan Dungey go from here? Does the most dominant driver these past two seasons in Supercross continue his form into motocross this summer? Or will he set his sights on a new challenge in the near future? Of course, dominance by one driver in any racing series just makes their competition hungrier, and fellow riders like Ken Roczen are ready to try and topple Ryan Dungey. But could reaching into a new form of racing do more to help not only develop the 2016 champion, but Supercross as a whole?

Years back, rumors were flying that James Stewart would experiment with NASCAR. While those efforts never came to fruition with Joe Gibbs Racing, could Ryan Dungey be the next driver to make that effort? After all, Dungey is quickly becoming the newest face of Monster Energy Supercross, as Stewart and Reed begin to reach an age where they will be exiting the driver’s seat soon.

No matter where his career may take him next, Ryan Dungey has made his mark on the world of Supercross. What is your favorite memory from Ryan Dungey’s 2016 championship season? Comment with your thoughts below.

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