- Career: 2000-Present
- DOB: 01/20/1985
- Height: 5' 5''
- Weight: 135 lbs.
- Birthplace: Poulsbo, WA, United States
- Residence: Murrieta, California
- Team: Monster Energy Kawasaki
- Team Manager: Mike Fisher
- Mechanic: Mike Williamson
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Since the commencement of his professional career, Ryan Villopoto has quickly established himself as a household name in motocross. Like many up-and-coming amateur stars, Ryan was surrounded with a ton of hype. He made his pro debut at the Broome-Tioga National in August of 2005, where he rode to a respectable, but perhaps disappointing, fifteenth-place finish. Ryan answered his critics the following weekend with an impressive top-five at Steel City, and ended the season on the podium at Glen Helen. As anticipated, he was quickly becoming a threat in the Lites class. His rookie Supercross season earned him a second-place finish on the West Coast, which he followed with the 2006 AMA Motocross Lites Championship crown.
Proof of Ryan’s arrival came when he was invited to be part of Team USA for the 2006 Motocross des Nations, where he, James Stewart, and Ivan Tedesco brought back the USA’s 17th MXdN victory. Shortly thereafter, he was named the 2006 AMA Rookie of the Year. Ryan continued his dominating ways by taking command of the 2007 West Coast Lites Series, as well as successfully defending his number-one plate outdoors. That year he was invited back to the MXdN, held at Budds Creek, where he became the first rider to ever win both motos on a Lites (or 125cc) bike, leaving spectators speechless and putting to rest any doubts of his astounding talent.
As the curtain rose on the 2008 Supercross Series, Ryan was still recovering from injuries at the opening round. Forced to fight it out on the east coast, after a string of bad luck, he found himself falling just short of the title in second place.
RV2 won a season-high seven races in 2010 before a broken leg ended his campaign. A member of two victorious USA Motocross of Nations squads, the 2007 Supercross Lites West Region Champion, and a three-time AMA Motocross Lites champ, he is a threat to win at any given round
Ryan Villopoto threw his leg over a bike for the first time at the age of five. He grew up racing arenacross in the Pacific Northwest since the weather was seldom suitable for outdoor motos, and he moved up through the ranks, he began to turn heads. The Villopotos soon decided that the only way to realize this dream was to relocate to the moto Mecca of Southern California. At only 13, he landed himself a Kawasaki Team Green ride, and the next two years of racing set the stage for the rest of Ryan’s career. He took the scene by storm, earning himself, and Team Green, 12 National titles. As he wrapped up his successful amateur days in 2005, Ryan was presented with the AMA Horizon Award and became recognized as the “next big thing.”
Ryan Villopoto has certainly not lived the life of a typical teenager. Like many young superstars, he has had to adjust to our sport’s lifestyle. Luckily, Ryan has a proud family that supports him every step of the way. His parents, grandparents and girlfriend travel with him and make any sacrifices necessary to ensure that his dreams come true. Of course, all of the hard work pays off when Ryan is on top of the podium at the end of the weekend. So what does a 19-year-old redhead from Washington do with his money and free time? Ryan enjoys hunting, fishing, and expanding his gun collection when he isn’t pounding out motos and sweating in the gym. He also has an impressive collection of number-one plates that is continually expanding. Alyssa Wald
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