‘GET SERIOUS WITH DUNGEY’ PART 2: MOTOCROSS RACE STARTS
KTM’s exclusive series with multi AMA Supercross and Motocross champion Ryan Dungey takes a deep-dive on the next set of race and riding tips from a master. For episode two ‘RD5’ explains how you can drill your new KTM SX machine away from the start gate…
The 2023 KTM SX line-up has been crafted for the optimal mix of performance and usability to ensure that riders can get the quickest possible start. No matter the engine size or type – 4-stroke or 2-stroke – the new tech puts riders exactly where they want to be.
But…there is only so much the motorcycle can do. The reactions, the technique, and the judgement of the rider are key parts of the process. This is where Ryan Dungey’s years of experience in the high-pressured worlds of AMA Supercross and Motocross might be able to help. In the second instalment of ‘Get Serious with Dungey’ we ask the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing ace – who is currently vying for his first podium finish in the 2022 AMA Pro National championship in the USA after returning to the fray in the wake of a five-year retirement – for some pointers to get on-point at the peak of the pack.
“You have to be totally prepared and ready to apply yourself,” he says. “You’ve really got to focus on yourself and what you are doing and execute like you would in practice.”
Ryan reveals how many times a week he practices starts (it’s not as many as you’d think!), what gear he uses for his KTM 450 SX-F, where he looks before gate drop, the buzz of the race launch and the force of belief. “It can take the pressure off … and as a rider that’s usually when you perform the best,” he says. “Once you get going you gotta be aware and almost predict your surroundings. You got to be sharp, and adrenaline makes you sharp, you are on high alert. It’s a powerful place to be.”
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