Ricky Carmichael: It sure doesn’t. Ryan’s physical and mental dedication to the sport was second to none. He had a 10-year tenure at the pinnacle of the sport with virtually zero time off due to his attendance and injury-less career. With that type of dedication and effort, and the mental taxation of being in a title hunt each and every year, it can be exhausting.
Jeff Emig: No, it doesn’t surprise me. He works at a very high-level and has 100-percent dedication; Ricky (Carmichael) can say better than I can about how that affects your decision to continue. He’s always done things his way, he’s always been very smart and patient and always thinks things through. To me, this decision is very much in line with his character.
Ralph Sheheen: No, I’m not surprised by his decision. He has won just about everything there is to win in this sport. He is, without a doubt, a first-ballot Hall of Famer. At this stage he would just be adding to his already impressive stats. With the incredible dedication it takes to stay fit, prepared and fast to compete at the highest level in Supercross, I’m not surprised that Ryan has reached a point in his life where he was ready to take a well-earned break.