Amy Donaldson: Pro motorcycle racer drew strength from his family's faith before he found his own confidence

Published: Thursday, Aug. 15 2013 6:30 p.m. MDT

"I feel so fortunate," he said. "Especially looking back to where I was a kid. I felt like I got mentally defeated because I didn't think I was that good. Now I've won championships, I battle for the top positions, and we're always there to win races."

That will certainly be the case this weekend as he lines up against some of the sport's best riders — series leader and 2013 Supercross champion Ryan Villopoto, Chad Reed and James Stewart. The gates open Saturday at 7 a.m, while the pits are open to fans from 9 to noon. Villopoto could clinch his second championship this year with a victory, and it will be the second time he's wrapped up a title in Utah, as he did it in April with a win at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Dungey said he's going to try to stay relaxed, have fun and give the fans a good show.

"It gets harder and harder every year to win consistently," he said. "That's the beauty of it. That's the way it should be."

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