Longtime (and well-decorated) motocross racer Ryan Dungey has been having a pretty decent start to 2016. On Thursday, just two days before the season opener of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, it became official: Thanks to legions of fans voting for him in the Wheaties NEXT contest, Dungey has become the first motocross athlete ever to be featured on a Wheaties cereal box.
He managed to take second in the 450SX main event at Anaheim, California’s Angels Stadium last night as well.
Red Bull/KTM rider Dungey, 26, is now part of an elite club that includes not only other action sports athletes — pro snowboarders Sage Kotsenburg and Shaun White also have been featured — but some of the most iconic names in sport, from Michael Jordan to Wayne Gretzky to Mia Hamm.
And it’s no aberration: Last season, Dungey became only the fifth person in the history of the sport to win the Supercross and Motocross national titles in the same year — twice. He also snagged the Best Male Action Sports Athlete award at the 2015 ESPYS and has won every title possible in the sport.
“It’s a dream come true,” Dungey told Fox Car Report’s Gary Gastelu in the video above, posted Friday. “Growing up eating your Wheaties, you know, as a kid, I think it was always a joke between my brothers — one day that’s gonna be one of us. Fifteen, 20 years, now, it’s reality …
“It was a big day for myself, but also a big day for our sport.”
Dungey beat out fellow NEXT contenders Anthony Pettis (MMA), Christen Press (soccer), Blake Leeper (blade running) and Rob Pannell (lacrosse) to take the Wheaties honors.
After a restart of the main race at Anaheim last night — called due to racer James Stewart’s frightening tangle with Dungey less than two laps in, after which Stewart lay unresponsive for nearly five minutes while medical and safety staff did an on-track eval — Dungey collided with Trey Canard and lost significant footing.
He must’ve housed a bowl from the Big Orange Box before the gate drop, though, as he managed to sneak his way back up the ranks from seventh and secure a podium finish just behind young gun Jason Anderson.
Last night marked Stewart’s first race after having been suspended the previous season for failing a drug test at the 2014 Seattle Supercross event. He was able to walk off course under his own power last night, and reports from the field predict he’ll be under further evaluation:
James Stewart is up and okay following his crash. He will be going through the concussion protocol throughout the week. #SXonFOX
— Supercross LIVE! (@SupercrossLIVE) January 10, 2016
— Pro SX Talk (@ProSXtalk) January 10, 2016
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