ICYMI | Catching Up with Tallon Unger | Ryno Power Canada
By Billy Rainford
Tallon Unger is the Alberta rider with a ton of upside. He’s hard-working, young, disciplined, good with younger riders, and always heads out on the track first in practice. I really like that last one,.
He had an interesting summer. Here’s a look at his official results in the 2021 Canadian Triple Crown MX Series:
Here’s what he had to say when we spoke with him this week:
Direct Motocross: Hello, Tallon. I don’t think we’ve done one of these Frid’Eh Update interviews before, so we’re going to have to drag you through your bio. Can you tell us where you’re from, how old you are, and how you got into racing motocross in the first place?
Tallon Unger: Hey, Billy! Great to be on here! I’m from a small town called Langdon, which is located 20 minutes east of Calgary. I’m currently 19 years old and have been racing a dirt bike since 2006, alongside my brother Tyler (Unger) who is a few years older. My dad had raced pro level motocross until 18 and had moved on to road racing so the line of racing was deep. And he was the influence that got me into riding/racing.
What was your first race number and how did you choose it?
My first ever ever race number was #44 on a KTM50. The number was chosen from my dad. It was one of his old race numbers.
Did you play any other sports growing up?
I never actually played any other sports throughout school or even outside of school other than racing motocross. I never had an interest in most team sports and didn’t really like all the rules.
If you weren’t racing MX, what would you be doing?
If I wasn’t racing motocross, I would definitely be focusing more on investing my money. I’d like to get into real estate in the coming future.
Who did you come up through the ranks with?
Being from Calgary, there was always a large amount of really good riders to race against. The people that I had been racing back in the day would have been Josh Gedak, Spenser James, Josh Duerksen, Nick Dewitt, Brady Ginter, and Jesse Bury. There were so many more names I could have listed. Unfortunately, through hardship and injuries, most of them do not race anymore. I even got a notch against (Jake) Piccolo when I beat him for the title in the 50cc (4-6) class at the TransCan at Walton Raceway. He never hears the end of that! lol.
You earned #44 for the 2021 season, but it wasn’t without its challenges. Can you take us through your 2021 season?
Earning #44 as my first pro number was very special to me because it was my very first number that I started with when I was 4 years old. The 2021 race series was definitely a struggle for me this year. I had an ankle injury headed into round one that I had been working on with Jim Frederickson to get healed up. I also had another injury at Walton resulting in some rib damage, lung damage, and a concussion. The rest of the season was trying to ride through the injuries and salvage as many points as I could.
I had another crash off the start of Deschambault that left me pretty banged up after I had been run over. And to top everything off, I had an intake valve explode on my bike which locked up the motor on the face of a jump. Not at all what I was looking for but thankful to still be healthy and able to do what I love!
Were you wanting to race Supercross, originally?
Originally, yes, I was planning on racing Supercross. But with the bike malfunction and the lack of parts, it was the smarter decision to make for myself.
You’re pretty busy doing MX schools, too, right? How long have you been doing that and do you enjoy passing your knowledge on to younger riders?
Yes, I was very busy doing riding schools! I have been doing them for a couple years now and have done a few with Jared Stock. This year I had done a lot of riding schools in Manitoba at Madesa MX and had worked with a lot of great people! Working with the younger riders is awesome because they’re energetic, and overall just happy to be there and love to learn!
What have you been doing since the Triple Crown season ended?
Since the Triple Crown series has ended I have been working full-time on a 21-5 rotation.
What do you do for work?
I work in the oil and gas industry as a roughneck for a well servicing rig out of Provost. Wicked job if you want to get in shape, and some serious money to be made.
What are your winter plans?
I definitely want to do some sledding up in the mountains this winter with some buddies. Other than that I’ll be working all winter, and assessing my options on heading down south to start riding closer towards the new year.
What are your racing plans for next season?
My racing plans for next year aren’t set in stone yet. If I can get a good program in place and everything falls into place, I’ll be back racing Triple Crown.
What are your goals for it?
My main goal out at the races is to have fun. So much that can be taken away with the blink of an eye that I think it’s important to enjoy it. As far as actual numbers, Top 10 would be a healthy spot I’d like to see myself.
OK, say hello to your dad, Trevor Unger from Ryno Power Canada, for us. Good luck, and who would you like to thank?
I’d like to thank Phil at Mountains edge for the support over the past years, Ryno Power Canada, BillsPipes for the awesome support, Dawn/Andy and everyone at FXR, Don at Proaction Canada for the amazing support, Sean at Kailani for helping me out tremendously this year, Paul at LRX Performance for building all my bikes, Ryan Lockhart for getting me setup with 100%, Williams motorworx for some awesome race parts, Rekluse clutch, and anyone I forgot, thank you for making it the best year of my life! Cheers.