Ryan Dungey wins Best Male Action Sports Athlete at ESPY awards

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Ryan Dungey standing beside his KTM wearing a white Red Bull cap.

Ryan Dungey is the first motocross/supercross racer to win this award. — photo courtesy Ryan Dungey’s Facebook page

Ryan Dungey has reason to celebrate. The pro motocross/supercross racer from Minnesota just won Best Male Action Sports Athlete at the 23rd annual Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly (ESPY) awards. 

Presented by the TV network ESPN, the ESPY awards recognize athletes for their standout achievements for the year, and what a year Dungey has had so far.

After winning 16 of his 17 races, Dungey became the reigning 2015 AMA Supercross 450 Champion, and right now, he’s leading the 450 class in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.

Winning an ESPY award means a lot to him and the sport since this was the first time a motocross/supercross rider has won.

The news of his big win was shared on Twitter and Facebook:

 

 

Wow! Just found out we won the ESPY for "Best Male Action Sports Athlete!" It's a very exciting day for the Sport of...

Posted by Ryan Dungey on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

 

In this category, Dungey was up against a tough pool of athletes—including multi-time snocross champion Tucker Hibbert. Since a snowmobiler has never won this award either, Hibbert was eager to get it for his sport. He, too, is a pro motocross racer, however, so he was quick to congratulate Dungey via Twitter:

 

 

Other athletes honoured by an ESPY award this year include LeBron James (basketball), Peyton Manning (football), Serena Williams (tennis) and Mike Trout (baseball).


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