Ryan Dungey won’t be racing in the Daytona Supercross tomorrow night, the Red Bull KTM rider crashing the week leading up to the St. Louis Supercross at his training facility in Florida and suffering a broken collarbone. Despite the break, Dungey finished second in St. Louis, but this week he opted to undergo surgery to have the collarbone plated.
Dungey, who is currently second in the Supercross Series point standings, suffered what was initially diagnosed to be a cracked collarbone when he slid out in a turn and landed on his shoulder while practicing prior to the St. Louis Supercross. Dungey was sore, but still managed to finish second in St. Louis. Further medical evaluation this week, however, showed that the collarbone was broken and Dungey opted to have surgery to speed his recovery on Tuesday
“This is hard for everyone on the team,” said team manager Roger DeCoster in a release. “Ryan has done an amazing job adapting to a completely new bike this year. Through the process he has won two Supercross races and has finished on the podium at seven of nine races. He was well in the thick of the championship hunt at the midway point in the series.
“It is often heard around the pits that Ryan needs to get more aggressive and tougher on the track; I am guilty of this prediction myself. But after what he accomplished last week racing to a close second with a broken collarbone; my doubts about how tough he is are well and truly gone. We knew he was hurting, but we did not realize his injury was that extensive. His gutsy performance in St. Louis and determination to keep racing despite his injury is a testament to his dedication to the team.”