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Ryan Villopoto

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto is the undisputed king of the supercross scene. He earnt a win in his debut 250SX season in 2006, and, the following year, he won seven races in the West Region on his way to the series title. In 2008, he competed in the East Region, scoring three wins and five podiums in seven starts, before moving up to 450SX for 2009.

In 2010, Ryan was in with a chance of claiming his first supercross Championship title, but he broke his leg in St. Louis, and was forced to sit out the remaining three events of the year. He finally made it to the top of the standings in 2011, and he defended his title in 2012 (when he became the first rider in the history of the sport to clinch a title four races early), 2013 and 2014.

Born on 13th August 1988 in Poulsbo, Washington, Ryan won 24 titles in 2003 and 2004 while competing for Kawasaki’s Team Green, before turning professional in 2005. He competed in the final three rounds of his debut 250cc motocross season, earning a best finish of second at the series finale.

He won six times on his way to claiming the 2006 250cc MX championship, and defended his title in 2007 and 2008, but a number of his motocross seasons since then have been cut short or completely wiped out by a succession of serious injuries. However, when fit and competing, he has been all but unbeatable, winning the 450cc MX championship in 2011 and 2013.


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