Monster Energy Kawasaki SX Team Preview

January 3, 2011
Matt Davidson
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Danger, adrenaline and competition are what fuel this moto enthusiast. Driven by a spirit for sportsmanship, our racing guru here at MotoUSA can be spotted at finish lines the world over as he delivers the latest battles from the two-wheeled realm.

Jake Weimer
Jakw Weimer broke his arm while training and his return for the 2011 season has yet to be determined.

With just a few days remaining from the start of the 2011 AMA Supercross series, one team that has already encountered misfortune is the Monster Energy Kawasaki team of Ryan Villopoto and Jake Weimer. Less than two weeks from the opening round at Anaheim Weimer took a hard spill during testing, resulting in a broken arm. Weimer was winner of the 2010 West Coast Lites Championship and had been hard at work preparing for his move up in the 450 class. Unfortunately the 23-year-old will be forced trackside as his only teammate, Ryan Villopoto, contends the first round of the series alone.
The Monster Energy Kawasaki team will hardly be at a disadvantage, however. Villopoto was experiencing the best season of his young career in 2010 prior to breaking his leg, and is currently being touted as one of the top candidates for the title in the coming season.

Ryan Villopoto
Ryan Villopoto will have to carry the Monster Energy Kawasaki Team solo as he chases the crown in the premier class. 

I’ve been off the bike for a long time,” said Villopoto. “The way things ended last season was unfortunate. I really felt I was riding the best I ever had on the 450. I’ve made some changes to improve my program and now it’s time to just prepare for this season and hopefully take care of some unfinished business.”
Despite his optimism for 2011, injuries have been a troubling concern for Villopoto in his quest for the crown. In 2009 the 22-year-old had his debut season the premier class interrupted when a knee injury forced him out. If he can stay healthy RV will be a safe bet in our Fantasy Supercross, which you can sign up for here. Although crippled after Weimer’s injury, Monster Energy Kawasaki remains on solid footing and will definitely be a team to watch come Anaheim.

2011 Kawasaki KX450F Technical Specs
2011 Kawasaki KX450F
2011 Kawasaki KX450F
Engine Displacement: 449cc
Max Horsepower: 51.2 hp @ 8250 RPM
Max Torque: 36.0 lb-ft @ 6250 RPM
Fuel Capacity: 1.9 gal.
Curb Weight (Tank Empty): 252 lbs. (240.2 lbs.)
Exhaust dB: 94.6
MSRP: $8149

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