Not common to most factory sponsored riders, Ryan Dungey grew up racing District 23 races in Minnesota. Success did not come quickly for him until he jumped off the minis and onto the bigger bikes. Dungey seemed to find his groove with this transition and he won several amateur titles at Lake Whitney, World Mini, Oak Hill and Olympic races. Dungey finally won the prestigious Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Championship in 2005. The following year he had planned on competing again for the amateur title, but was surprised by an offer from Team Suzuki. In his first-ever debut to professional racing he placed seventh overall at Millville during one of the muddiest outdoor national races in history. During the first round of the 2007 East Coast Supercross Lites series, Dungey pulled off a win in his first SX race to everyone’s surprise. What followed, however, was a series of dramatic and unpredictable finishes throughout the rest of the season. Either winning or going down trying, he ended the season with four wins and the 2007 Rookie of the Year Award.