It’s been an interesting week for Rockstar/Makita/Suzuk’s Ryan Dungey. Rumors were flying since A1 that Dungey would not be wearing his One Industries gear the following weekend because of the signing of Jason Lawrence. Well, only a few short days afer Anaheim 1, Dungey was released from his One Industries contract and has since signed with Fox Racing. While cruising the pits this morning at the Phoenix Supercross, we caught up with Dungey to get the scoop about his gear deal, his thoughts on A1, and his thoughts about J-Law calling him out.
Walk us through last weekend at Anaheim 1…
There was a lot going on, that's for sure. I crashed in the heat race and ended up in the LCQ, so I knew I needed to get a good start in the main event. I didn't get the best start in the main, but I was able to land on the podium after going through all of that stuff. My team worked really hard to get everything dialed in, and we worked as a team and things went pretty well.
I spotted your mechanic stretching your arm before the main event; was that a result of your crash in the qualifier?
No (laughs)! I saw some photos and people talking about that online, but that had nothing to do with my crash. To be honest, my arm was just tight that night, so we were just stretching out my whole arm. I was 100 percent healthy and thankful to get up from that crash. I know it was a pretty nasty crash, but I was just fine.
Now that you have the first round out of the way and the butterflies aren't there anymore, what are your goals?
The first round is always difficult because we are all curious to see where we stand after having three or four months off. I didn't really have any worries. I know where I am at, and I know that I'm on top of my game. I think I had a little bit of a bad night last weekend, but it wasn't too bad because I did end up on the podium. Coming into tonight, I'd like to win. I need to ride my hardest and give it everything I have and hopefully come out on top.
Can you shed some light on what happened between you and One Industries?
I can't really say too much about the One Industries deal; it was definitely an unfortunate deal. Looking on the Internet, I see all of this stuff about me throwing my gear out the back of the truck and that never even happened (laughs). People think it has to do with [Jason] Lawrence, but it has nothing to do with Lawrence. I'm just happy to be a part of the Fox Racing family and be moving forward with them. At the end of the day I am really happy to be with Fox.
I heard you were already speaking with Fox before the One Industries deal came through. Did that attribute to this Fox deal coming through so quick?
I think I can say that during the off-season you definitely need to keep your options open, but as far as that goes, it had nothing to do with that.
How is the new gear?
It's awesome! It fits really well, and I get to work with some really cool people. I am stoked. Thursday was the first time I rode in the new gear, and I'm super pumped on the whole deal.
I know you're trying to stay low, but Lawrence has said quite a few things about you on our Web site. What do you have to say about that?
We have a rivalry. I think I feed off of little things like that. I don't go on Mototalk because stuff like that is a waste of time. Jason and I definitely have some history and it's not going to go away. At the end of the day we're going to race and probably have even more press for our sport. I'm not going to get online and look at what everybody has to say because I really don't care. When we're out there racing I know what I need to do to make things happen and that's all that matters.