News 26 Feb 2020

Dungey withdraws from Geico Honda partnership

Former multi-time champion makes shock exit from Factory Connection Racing.

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Multi-time Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross champion Ryan Dungey has withdrawn from his partnership with Geico Honda, which comes less than three months after he was named as a part-owner of the Factory Connection Racing squad.

Dungey cited the commitment required to the role was larger than what he could offer at this point in time, prompting him to part ways with the factory-backed Honda team halfway through the current

“After months spent with the Factory Connection Racing team and discussions with the team owners, it’s tough to say we will be discontinuing our relationship,” Dungey said in a statement. “I found this is to be a larger commitment than I can give it at this stage in my life.

“It’s not in my style to do a job halfway, nor is it fair to the team to not get the full efforts that they deserve. My overall impression of the team is very high. I’m grateful for the time they gave me and how much Jeff Majkrzak and Rick Zielfelder helped me in my life journey. I hope for continued success for the team and the Honda organization.

Team owner Richard Zielfelder added: “When we joined with Ryan just under three months ago, we had high hopes for our partnership, and we’re sorry to see it end prematurely. That said, we understand the significant travel and time commitments that come with team ownership, and we respect Ryan for recognizing that it wasn’t something he was prepared to do long-term.

“In addition to being a great champion, Ryan is a true professional, and it has been a pleasure to work together during this brief period. We wish him all the best going forward, and we look forward to seeing him at the races.”