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Ryan Villopoto

Known to be almost unbeatable in the worst track conditions, Ryan Villopoto is one of the most talented riders around.


Ryan Villopoto
Rider:
Ryan Villopoto
Nickname: RV, RV2
Nationality: American
Team: Monster Energy Kawasaki
Machine: Kawasaki KX450F (#1SX, #2MX)
Born: August 13, 1988 in Poulsbo,
Washington USA
There have been plenty of great 250 riders over the years, but Ryan Villopoto holds the title of best 250F pilot to date. Riding on a Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki KX250F, RV knew how to get every last drop of performance out of the quarter-liter motor - just like his boss Mitch Payton. Now he's expanding that reputation into one of the best 450 riders as well.

His first championship came outdoors in 2006 following a third-place finish in the Western SX Lites series. He backed that up with SX Lites and MX championships in 2007 along with one of the most dominating Motocross des Nations performances in history. 

A highlight of his 250F career, Villopoto smoked the world’s best MX racers regardless of bike, country or credential. Even his American teammates, which included Ricky Carmichael and Tim Ferry, couldn’t keep pace with the promising youth as he led a sweep of the MXoN event. Villopoto returned the following year to claim another MXoN title for the U.S. in 2008, marking his final appearance on the quarter-liter.
Ryan Villopoto jumped out to the front and wouldnt be denied his first-ever SX Lites victory - Dallas
Villopoto captured his first SX Lites victory in
Dallas, which lead to his 3rd place over all
finish during his first full season of pro
supercross racing.

He was poised to do it all again in ’08, but came up short in the final SX Lites race. Villopoto had his revenge once the series switched to the outdoors, blitzing the AMA Motocross Lites class for his third consecutive outdoor national title.

In 2009 RV moved into the space vacated by James Stewart to ride the fuel-injected KX450F full-time, but a knee injury put his season on hold. Before the injury, RV was well on his way to making history by becoming the third person ever to win his first premier class race and the only other person besides Carmichael to claim three-straight 250 motocross titles and win his 450-class debut. In 2010 RV was putting in a stellar run in SX when a major crash in St. Louis shattered his hopes. A broken leg forced Villopoto to the bench for the remainder of the season, and prevented his participation in the '10 MX season.

Ryan Villopoto
After a challanging few years in the hunt for
his first 450 title, Villopoto captured both the
indoor and outdoor championships in the
same year.
Determined to rebound from his previous misfortune, Villopoto came back stronger than ever in 2011. Facing one of the most competitive SX seasons ever, RV posted six wins and earned podium finishes in nearly every round to claim his first Supercross title by just four points. But the 23-year-old was just getting started. Despite a slow opening to his 2011 outdoor season, Villopoto pocketed three wins and only missed the podium three times throughout the entire season to win the AMA Motocross Championship. The champ then went on to help defend America’s MXoN title in dominant fashion. Last but certainly not least, RV conquered the inaugural edition of the Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas – becoming the recipient of a $1,000,000 payout after winning three straight motos. 

Villopoto had a phenomenal Supercross season in 2012. Riding for Monster Energy Kawasaki, RV secured the SX Championship Title with four rounds remaining in the season, earlier than any rider in history. He took home nine first-place finishes and only missed the podium three times, one of which was in Seattle when he went down and injured his knee making him unable to finish the race. The injury proved to be serious and forced Villopoto to sit out for the remaining two rounds of the season. It also meant that he would be unable to compete in the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship to defend his 2011 championship title.
Ryan Villopoto Career History
2012 - 10th Monster Energy Cup - Kawasaki
2012 - 1st AMA Supercross - Kawasaki
2011 - 1st Monster Energy Cup - Kawasaki
2011 - 1st Motocross of Nations - Kawasaki
2011 - 1st AMA Motocross - Kawasaki
2011 - 1st AMA Supercross - Kawasaki
2010 - 4th AMA Supercross - Kawasaki
2009 - 2nd US Open of Supercross - Kawasaki
2009 - 6th Supercross - Kawasaki
2008 - 1st Motocross of Nations- Kawasaki
2008 - 1st 250 Motocross - Kawasaki
2008 - 2nd Supercross Lites East - Kawasaki
2007 - 1st Motocross of Nations- Kawasaki
2007 - 1st 250 Motocross - Kawasaki
2007 - 1st Supercross Lites West - Kawasaki
2006 - 1st Motocross of Nations- Kawasaki
2006 - AMA Supercross/Motocross Rookie of the Year
2006 - 1st 250 Motocross - Kawasaki
2006 - 3rd Supercross Lites West - Kawasaki
2005 - AMA Sports Horizon Award
2005 - 20th 125 Motocross - Kawasaki
2004 - 1st 105cc Supermini 12-15 Youth Regional - Kawasaki
2004 - 1st 85cc Modified 14-15 Youth Regional - Kawasaki
2003 - 2nd 105cc Supermini 12-15 Loretta Lynn's National - Kawasaki
2003 - 2nd 85cc Modified 14-15 Loretta Lynn's National - Kawasaki
2003 - 1st 105cc Supermini 12-15 Amateur & Youth Regional  - Kawasaki
2003 - 1st 85cc Modified 14-15 Amateur & Youth Regional - Kawasaki
2002 - 2nd Amateur National Championship 85cc Modified - Kawasaki
2002 - 2nd Amateur National Championship 85cc Stock - Kawasaki
2002 - 1st NMA 85cc Open - Kawasaki

Ryan Villopoto News & Articles
Atlas Brace Technologies Signs Ryan Villopoto
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Atlas Brace Technologies has signed current Supercross champion Ryan Villopoto for 2013 and beyond.
Villopoto Nominated MTR Sports Star of Year
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Ryan Villopoto has been nominated for the 78th Annual MTR Western Sports Star of the Year Award.
Villopoto and Weimer Remain with Kawasaki
Friday, September 07, 2012
Ryan Villopoto and Jake Weimer will continue to ride with Monster Energy Kawasaki for the foreseeable future after signing multi-year deals with the team.
TwoTwo Motorsports Courting Ryan Villopoto
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Chad Reed is trying to get Ryan Villopoto to ride for his TwoTwo Motorsports team in 2013.
Rattray Fills in for Villopoto in Motocross
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Tyla Rattray will ride for Monster Energy Kawasaki in Ryan Villopoto's absence during the 2012 AMA 450cc Motocross Championship.
Ryan Villopoto Out for Knee Surgery
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Ryan Villopoto will not defend his AMA Motocross title for Monster Energy Kawasaki. He will undergoe knee surgery this week to repair damage from the Seattle Supercross
Villopoto to Defend Monster Energy Cup Title
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Villopoto goes ‘All-In’ to defending his Monster Energy Cup title at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium.
Ryan Villopoto Prepared to Defend SX Title
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Defending Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto Ready for Repeat in 2012.
Ryan Villopoto Racing Monster Energy Cup
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Reigning Supercross/Motocross Champion Ryan Villopoto is set to Race the inaugural Monster Energy Cup
Ryan Villopoto Wins RC Hard Charger Award
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
The halfway point of the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship from RedBud featured an exciting day of action across all three classes of competition.
Ryan Villopoto Eager for Supercross Crown
Friday, December 10, 2010
After suffering a season-ending crash in St. Louis during the 2010 Supercross series, Ryan Villopoto has recently resumed riding and is back in fighting shape.
Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki Interview
Friday, September 24, 2010
Five months after braking his leg in St. Louis, Ryan Villopoto talks about how he's been spending his summer and what his future plans are.
Ryan Villopoto Washougal Motocross Interview
Friday, August 06, 2010
Our racing correspondent spotted Ryan Villopoto at the Washougal National and chatted with him about his leg rehabilitation and racing plans.
Ryan Villopoto Supercross Injury Update
Monday, April 19, 2010
Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto is recovering after successful surgery to 'set and stabilize' his broken right leg.
Ryan Villopoto set for Speed TVs Wind Tunnel
Friday, April 09, 2010
Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto will be interviewed live Sunday, April 11 night during SPEED TV's "Wind Tunnel".
Ryan Villopoto Out for Motocross Season
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Ryan Villopoto will miss the remainder of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship after undergoing knee surgery. Villopoto's teammate Tim Ferry will also not race in the next two event.
Villopoto Out for Jacksonville Supercross
Friday, April 03, 2009
Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Ryan Villopoto will not compete this weekend in Jacksonville, but doctors have cleared him to race in Seattle.
Villopoto to Miss Toronto Supercross
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto will miss his second straight week of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross,and will not compete at the Toronto round.
Villopoto and Pegram on Pit Pass Radio
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Top talent and industry insiders from the motorcycle industry give their uncut opinions and race stories. Get your weekly motorcycle news live from Pit Pass Moto Weekly.
Behind Ryan Villopotos KX250F
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Jon Mitcheff is the mechanic for Ryan Villopoto, the defending 250F champion, which means he probably deals with more pressure each weekend than most others.
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Ryan Villopoto Stats
Kawasakis Ryan Villopoto led every lap of the main at Anaheim to claim the first win of the season in dominant fashion.
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Ryan has competed on only one bike manufacturer (Kawasaki) since he started his racing career.

Despite motocross moving up to 250cc four-strokes in 2006, Ryan needed no time to adjust becoming the first 250 motocross champion during his first full season.

In 2007 Ryan became the first rider in the history of the Motocross of Nations to win both of his motos on a 250cc machine ahead of larger 450cc bikes.

In 2011 Villopoto was the first rider in over a decade to be points leader and not qualify for a main event race.

Capping off his best season to date after winning both the indoor and outdoor 450 titles and MXoN, Ryan went on to sweep the inaugural Monster Energy Cup winning the $1 million prize.
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