Kawasaki’s supercross, off-road, and ATV teams came together last Thursday to celebrate all things dirt.
Kawasaki’s supercross, off-road, and ATV teams came together last Thursday to celebrate all things dirt. A total of 18 riders were present to show their appreciation to the employees, media, and one another. The emcee, Cameron Steele, made sure everyone in attendance got a behind the scenes look at the riders that represent Kawasaki in the dirt, while champions Ryan Villopoto, Destry Abbott, and Ricky Dietrich were recognized for their outstanding achievements with one of a kind championship rings.
Welcoming First Timers
The 2009 Team Announcement was the first time Cameron Steele was able to participate in the event at the Kawasaki headquarters. His energy and enthusiasm about the sport kept everyone on the edge of their seat during the entire presentation.
Being Proud Of Your Team
Monster Energy Kawasaki Supercross Team Manager Mike Fisher was very proud of the team he’s assembled, along with all the other managers and owners present at the kick-off event. Newcomer to the factory team Villopoto and Kawasaki veteran Timmy Ferry have done a great job representing the green and black.
All Walks of Dirt
It didn’t matter if you rode with two wheels or with four, all the riders enjoyed one another and show mutual respect for the other disciplines of racing.
Celebrate the Champions
Dietrich was acknowledged for his exceptional year in 2008. Along with winning the AMA EnduroCross championship, he was runner up in the WORCS series, AMA Racing’s Athlete of the Year, and top-American at the ISDE in Greece. After a year like that, he definitely deserved some accolades from the entire headquarters.
Villopoto showing Jake Weimer the special ring he could earn if he wins a championship with Kawasaki.
Making it #5
Also being recognized for his achievements was Destry Abbott, who is starting his 12th year with Kawasaki in 2009.
“Every little thing helps and getting emails and encouragements from the company here at Kawasaki means more than you all know,” said Abbott when he received his championship ring for his fifth AMA National Hare and Hound title.
Villopoto has made the AMA Motocross Lites championship a routine over the past three years and Kawasaki made sure he knew they appreciated his efforts.
Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki rider Jake Weimer was able to take a look at what he could earn if he wins a championship with Kawasaki. His good friend Villopoto wasn’t shy about showing off his new possession.
Kawasaki Family- Canidae/ Motosport/ Kawasaki
Coming into its third year with Kawasaki, the Canidae/Motosport/Kawasaki team brought its five-man team to show off. Tommy Hahn leads the way on the KX™450F, while riders Kyle Cunningham, Branden Jesseman and rookies PJ Larsen and Hunter Hewitt made their first appearance at the kick-off for the lites team.
Kawasaki Family- Monster Energy/Cernic’s/Kawasaki
Also in its third year with Kawasaki, the Monster Energy/Cernic’s/Kawasaki brought two of its three riders to the kick-off. Bobby Kiniry and Paul Carpenter were there to represent the team, while lites rider Jack Carpenter was unable to attend. Both Kiniry and Carpenter are making supercross mains consistently, while Jack Carpenter will be running the eastern region of the supercross lites.
In only its third year of four-wheel racing, the Monster Energy Kawasaki ATV team was well represented with returning rider Josh Creamer and newly-acquired Chad Wienen. Team Manager Jimmy White called the 2009 season the year for Kawasaki to bring home a championship and the riders seemed to agree.