Ryan Dungey said he was happily surprised about the billboard that his racing team had installed for him at the intersection of Highway 169 and County Road 3/Meridian Street.
Ryan Dungey said he was happily surprised about the billboard that his racing team had installed for him at the intersection of Highway 169 and County Road 3/Meridian Street.

by Dan Ruud

At age 24, Ryan Dungey has already left a lot of impressive marks on the world as one of the best motocross racers on the globe. He has won almost every title in the sport since his dominance began in 2009, when he won both the Lites Supercross and 250 Motocross championships. 

Dungey followed that with a stellar 2010 campaign, stepping up to the 450 class and winning the Supercross and Motocross championships his rookie season. He became the second youngest rider in the history of the sport to accomplish that feat. He then led Team USA to victory in the 2010 Motocross of Nations and was nominated for an ESPN ESPY award for Best Male Action Sports Athlete that year.

Dungey, the son of Troy and Michelle Dungey, has since added numerous other racing accomplishments to his resume. He completed this past Supercross season ranked second overall.

“It (2014) was a great season. Obviously, the goal is to finish on top in the championship but we will work hard to get there next year. I’m thankful to have  finished the season safe and healthy,” Dungey said.

Dungey’s appreciative team and sponsors made sure that their racer left a big mark on his hometown of Belle Plaine, where they recently had a large billboard installed at the intersection of Highway 169 and County Road 3/Meridian Street (see photo).

“I was very surprised about the billboard. I had no idea it was going up. It’s very cool to have such amazing sponsors to do something so cool. It was a great way to be welcomed home,” said Dungey, who was in Belle Plaine for a couple of weeks before returning to Florida this past Sunday to prepare for the 2014 Motocross of Nations race that will take place in Latvia Sept. 27-28.

Dungey announced on Twitter and Instagram last fall his engagement to Lindsay Siegle of Belle Plaine. The news came just days after Team USA, which included Dungey, scored a runner-up finish to Team Belgium at the Motocross of Nations in Teutschenthal, Germany. Dungey ultimately popped the question to Siegle while in Barcelona, Spain.

“She said YES! #Barcelona,” Dungey’s post said, which was accompanied by a photo of Siegle holding up the ring.”

Siegle, a 2009 graduate of Belle Plaine High School, is the daughter of Dave Siegle and Donna Siegle. She and Dungey met several years ago at Annie’s Cafe in Belle Plaine. They plan to get married Nov. 1 in Chaska, with the reception in Minnetonka. They currently live in Tallahassee, Fla., where Dungey is able to take advantage of the climate to train year-round.

While in Belle Plaine, Siegle said they spent a lot of time with their families and planning their wedding.

“Ryan went fishing a good bit, also,” Siegle added.

After spending the next couple of weeks in Tallahassee, Dungey and Siegle will head to Latvia  on Sept. 23 with Dungey’s teammates, Eli Tomac and Jeremy Martin – four days before the 2014 Motocross of Nations begins.

“Following Latvia, Dungey will compete in a Red Bull Straight Rhythm event in California on Oct. 4, then the Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas on Oct. 18.

“After that, we have the wedding, honeymoon and a little bit of time off from racing until Supercross starts again in January,” said Siegle, who is a personal trainer and is studying for her fitness nutrition certification. She also travels with Dungey to most of his races.

Dungey’s father was an amateur racer and had Ryan and his brothers, Jade and Blake, competing as amateurs soon after they learned to ride. At age 16, Ryan, who attended Guardian Angels Catholic School in Chaska through eighth grade, auditioned his riding skills and was signed to a pro contract. Below are some of Dungey’s career highlights since then:

2012 AMA 450 Class Motocross Champion (Team: KTM).

2011 FIM Motocross of Nations Champion (Team USA & Overall MX1-class).

2010 FIM Motocross of Nations Champion (Team USA & Overall MX1-class).

2010 AMA Motocross 450 Class Champion (Rookie Season).

2010 AMA Supercross 450 Class Champion (Rookie Season).

2009 AMA Supercross Lites West Champion.

2009 AMA 250 Class Motocross Champion.

2009 FIM Motocross of Nations (Team USA & Overall MX1-class).

2008 Entered two races in the premier Supercross Class and earned one second-place finish.

2008 Second place overall in the Motocross Lites class, with three wins and five second-place finishes.

2008 Second place overall with three series wins in the Supercross Lites West Coast Series.

2007 Fifth overall with four wins and one additional podium, AMA Supercross Lites East.

2007 Fifth overall with four podiums and two top-five finishes, AMA Motocross Lites.

2007 Awarded AMA Rookie of the Year for Supercross/Motocross.

2006 Seventh overall in the 250 class (8-8 moto finishes) in professional debut at Millville, Minn.

2006 Second place in the 250 class, Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP at Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

2006 Won the Lites main event in the 250 class on the Saturday night program at the Fresno BooKoo Arena-cross.