Ryan Villopoto is the third person in history to win his first premier class race and the only other person besides Carmichael to claim three-straight 250 motocross titles and then win his 450-class debut.
His first championship came outdoors in 2006 following a third place in the Western SX Lites series. He backed that up with a sweep of 2007 and was poised to do it again in ’08 but came up short in the final SX Lites race. Newcomer Trey Canard pulled an aggressive move in the battle for the race win and championship that sent RV off the track. Villopoto would have his revenge once the series took it outside and he blitzed the AMA Motocross Lites for his third consecutive outdoor title.
Perhaps the most crowning achievement of RV’s young career was his utter dominance of the 2007 Motocross of Nations. Riding his 250F, Ryan smoked the world’s best MX offerings regardless of bike, country or credentials. Even the other Americans couldn’t hang with him and Ricky Carmichael and Tim Ferry followed his lead to sweep the MXoN event. Villopoto again contributed to a MXoN victory in 2008, his final appearance on the quarter-liter.
In 2009 Villopoto raced in the AMA Supercross Series, racing a Team Kawasaki Factory KX450. Ryan Villopoto’s first win in the 450 class, after a long recovery from knee surgery, took place on his “hometown” track at Quest Field, Seattle. He dominated the field and won convincingly over Chad Reed (2008 Supercross Series Champion) and James Stewart. Villopoto wrapped up the AMA Supercross series of 2009 with his second win in Las Vegas, NV, on May 2, 2009.
Following what’s been called best season in Supercross History, Ryan emerged as the 2011 Supercross World Champion!
Q & A
What are the events, wins, memories that stand out most throughout your career so far?
This year's SX title: I came back from a possibly career ending injury to Win the 2011 AMA World Supercross Title in what is said to be the best year in SX EVER!
• Fun= My Boat • Vision= WIN • Friend=Too many to say • Foe=Airplane flights • Greenhouse=Caseys Garden • Gas=Expensive
When did you first start riding/racing? Where/why?
Age 6 in the Yard, my dad got me started
What drives you to be sicker than everyone else?
If you weren’t ripping on the track or dirt, what kind of menial task would you want to do?
Agent, they just play golf
If you had to date one person who would it be: Pamela Anderson after Tommy Lee, Snookie from Jersey Shore or your mom in the past like Michael J. Fox from Back to the Future?
If you had to share a bathroom with one Oakley rider, who would it NOT be and why?
Tell me a funny story about an Oakley rider...(We’ll never tell)
I will never tell lol
Talent…other than doing no handed pushups:
Gun Barrett 50 Cal
Best song to ride to:
Little Chicken Left on that Bone
First thing you do when you get back from a trip is…
A lot of riders never get to go to Prom, did you go, who did you take or who would you ask if you could go today?
What is something that you wouldn't normally tell someone about yourself?
I am a roller and flicker
Fist pumping? Head Banging? C-Walking? Or Funky Chicken? Which one? Or all of the above?
Fist Pumping of course
Dream vacation spot:
Would you rather get punched in the gut by Mr. T. or super roundhouse kicked in the face by Chuck Norris?
If the most interesting man in the world wanted to take your girlfriend out would you let him?
Yes for some $$
People would be super surprised if they knew that you…
Elastic Banded Shorts
What tricks are you working on?
I can't tell you that
You’ve been mistaken for…