Ryan Dungey rode an amazing Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations last weekend. Going 1-1 on Sunday he was the man of the day and showed the World that he is the fastest man on the planet for the time being (a guy called Cairoli will be hunting for his ass in 2011).
Dungey showed great consistency to lead his country to their sixth consecutive victory at the great race and after taking the AMA Motocross and Supercross Championship, plus a 1-1 at the MXoN really deserves to be called the best rider in the World.
We caught up with Dungey as he sat in the press tent, a line of journalist behind me and a bunch already done with the Champion. It was clear that Dungey knows just how to deal with the press and showed great respect for everyone at the event.
MXlarge: Ryan, congratulation on your win. How tough was it this year?
Dungey: Coming into this race I felt we were expected to win, especially with it being in USA. Trey, Andrew and I all put in a good effort; I think today there was a lot going on. I am very thankful we came out with this win.
MXlarge: Antonio (Cairoli) beat you in the Saturday qualification race, were you concerned about that?
Dungey: I wasn’t really worried, I didn’t get the best of starts on Saturday, and I had a problem at the start, just the gate pick. I was more focused on Sunday that is what counts.
MXlarge: How was the pressure going into that last race?
Dungey: There is pressure no matter what the situation is, whether we were on top or six points down, you just have to get down and do it. I mean it’s hard to put into words how we did it, just the man above. This track is really tough and to have Andrew and me one and two in the first lap that is really a credit, also to Trey for never giving up, he rode awesome.
MXlarge: It was clear all weekend that if you could get the holeshot then the race was more or less there for the taking. How did you feel about it?
Dungey: Any race track the start is the key, but this race track the start was really, really important. If you didn’t get a good start it was hard to pass and because we were one and two it made our job easier in that last moto.
MXlarge: How did you find the circuit?
Dungey: The track was on edge all day, the track was rough and choppy all day, a really hard track, and that makes it that much better to get the win.
MXlarge: What about your emotions crossing the finish line?
Dungey: When we came around I didn’t know if we had won or not, I asked somebody and they told us and we just went off, that is when we started to celebrate.
MXlarge: You are considered the fastest rider in the World at the moment, how can you maintain that?
Dungey: Really, I just try and stick to it, keep trying to press forward and not try and settle, it’s so easy to settle, but I just want to keep pushing and keep expecting more from myself.