Ryan Villopoto

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Ryan Villopoto
Ryan Villopoto MXoN 2008.jpg
Nationality United States
Born(1988-08-13) August 13, 1988 (age 26)
Fortuna, California
Current teamMonster Energy Kawasaki
Bike number# 2
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Ryan Villopoto
Ryan Villopoto MXoN 2008.jpg
Nationality United States
Born(1988-08-13) August 13, 1988 (age 26)
Fortuna, California
Current teamMonster Energy Kawasaki
Bike number# 2

Ryan Villopoto (born August 13, 1988 in Fortuna, California, resident in Poulsbo, Washington) is a motocross and supercross champion[1] who competed in the AMA Supercross series and the AMA Lucas Oil Motocross series. The 4-time supercross and 3-time motocross champion resides in Minneola, Florida and raced for Monster Energy Kawasaki in the supercross and outdoor motocross series. His retirement from supercross was announced on January 3rd, 2015 on the opening day of the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross season.

Amateur career[edit]


Villopoto won 2 titles for Team Green. He won two Honda Race of Champions races, four Winter Olympic SX races, four Winter Olympic MX races, and two Winter Olympics Olympiad ti Villopoto won the NMA 95cc Open, and placed first in both the 85cc Stock and Modified classes at the AMA Amateur National Championships as a Team Green Rider.


Competing in numerous amateur motocross races for Team Green and winning an impressive 12 titles. He won three races at Lake Whitney Spring National, three at the GNC Finals, two at Mammoth Motocross, and four at the NMA Ponca City Grand Nationals. Alessi did give Villopoto a hard time, but Sean Bohannon gave him an even harder time. Bohannon was dominating in the stock class until he unfortunately broke his femur at Ponca City.


Villopoto concluded his career as a Team Green amateur racer and was honored for his many achievements as the recipient of the 2005 AMA Horizon Award. He competed in his first professional Motocross race at Binghamton’s Broome-Tioga Sports Center where he placed 15th overall. He finished up the remainder of his rookie season taking fifth overall at Steel City Raceway and second overall at Glen Helen Raceway.

Lites 250cc career[edit]


Villopoto began his professional career in the AMA Supercross Lites West Series at Angel Stadium for Anaheim I, where he finished 2nd-place overall. He won his first race later in the season at Texas Stadium in Dallas and ended the Supercross Lites season 2nd overall. Then Villopoto headed to the AMA Motocross Lites Series with a little more experience stemming from his amateur days. With 8 podium finishes and six first-place finishes, Villopoto proved to be tremendous during his rookie season, en route to winning the AMA Lites Motocross Championship. That momentum was carried over into the post-season where Villopoto was selected as a member of Team USA at the Motocross of Nations in England and helped Team USA claim fifth place. Villopoto was also named the 2006 AMA Supercross/Motocross Rookie of the day.


Villopoto started the season with an amazing performance in the AMA Supercross Lites West Series, where he won seven of the eight races. He carried his momentum into motocross, capturing his second-straight AMA Motocross Lites Championship. To cap off a terrific season, Villopoto became the first rider in history to win the overalls in both motos on KX250F against larger 450cc motorcycles at the Motocross of Nations.


Earned his third consecutive AMA [motocross] 250cc Championship by winning eight events and finishing on the podium in 10 of 12 starts. Finished 2nd to Trey Canard in the AMA Supercross Lites East Series with three wins and 5 podiums in seven starts. Claimed the MX1 championship at the Motocross of Nations helping Team USA earn the team title for the 3rd consecutive year.

Professional 450cc career[edit]


Villopoto's beginning year in the AMA Supercross Series, racing a Team Kawasaki Factory KX450. Villopoto's first career win in the 450 class took place on his "hometown" track at Qwest Field, Seattle, on April 21. Villopoto wrapped up the AMA Supercross series of 2009 with his second win in Las Vegas on May 5

Villopoto also won the opening round of the 2009 motocross outdoor series at Glen Helen Raceway in Southern California. Villopoto finished with two first place finishes after even after mid pack starts in both motos. He was unable to compete throughout the rest of the series due to a knee injury that required surgery. The surgery would keep him out of professional racing until the 2009 U.S. Open of Supercross in Las Vegas, where he finished 2nd.


Villopoto returned with the Monster Energy Kawasaki Team in the Supercross class and battled consistently with Ryan Dungey throughout the season.

While in the lead during the Main of Round 14 at St Louis, Villopoto came up short on a triple jump and leaped from his bike landing hard. His bike dived into the face of the third jump and flipped over several times. Medical workers arrived on the scene and cut Villopoto's racing boot off his foot. Villopoto had to be carried off the track. Further examination revealed a broken right tibia and fibula and surgery was performed to stabilize it.[2] Due to the extent of his injury, he was unable to complete the season.

He retired from the 2010 series after his Round 14 injury with 266 championship points, leaving him in 4th place by the season's end. He won 7 of the 14 races he entered. Still recuperating from his injury, he was unable to compete in the 2010 AMA Motocross outdoor series. Nick Wey will fill-in for remainder of the 3 rounds. Although Wey previously was a fill-in for the injured Chad Reed.


The 2011 season was a five way battle between Villopoto, James Stewart Jr., Chad Reed, Ryan Dungey and Trey Canard. Villopoto consistently finished toward the top of his class, with the exception of round 11 where he failed to qualify, crashing in both his heat race and the Last Chance Qualifier. This was a notable event as the round in Jacksonville was the first time in over a decade that a points leader failed to qualify for a supercross main event. On May 7, Villopoto won the 2011 AMA Supercross Championship by a margin of 4 points over Reed (338–334). Villopoto won the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship by a margin of 14 points over reigning champion Dungey and a tough battle over Reed. In October, Villopoto won all 3 main-event races of the inaugural Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas, Nevada, earning a publicized $1,000,000 prize.

AMA Supercross Results[3]
RoundDatePlaceFinishedTotal PointsStanding
1January 8Anaheim1st251st
2January 15Phoenix2nd471st
3January 22Dodger Stadium1st721st
4January 29Oakland4th902nd
5February 5Anaheim II2nd1122nd
6February 12Houston3rd1321st
7February 19San Diego7th1461st
8February 26Atlanta1st1711st
9March 5Daytona1st1961st
10March 12Indianapolis1st2211st
11March 19JacksonvilleDNQ2211st
12March 26Toronto9th2332nd
13April 2Arlington2nd2551st
14April 9St Louis3rd2751st
15April 16Seattle4th2931st
16April 30Salt Lake City1st3181st
17May 7Las Vegas3rd3381st

Another great season that Villopoto wins and clinches the 2012 AMA Supercross Champion and the 2012 World Supercross Champion for the second time, and is the first repeat champion since Ricky Carmichael in 2006. However, during the Main of Round 15 at his "hometown" track, Quest Field in Seattle, he suffered a knee injury after a wreck on the first corner,like his knee injury in 2009, and the same left knee injury that Chad Reed crashed eight weeks earlier in Dallas. The most serious of the injuries required surgery for a torn ACL. Consequently, Villopoto will be out for the remainder of the two rounds, even though he clinched the Supercross title with a score of 323 points. Still recuperating from his knee injury, he was unable to compete in the 2012 AMA Motocross series.


The 2013 season was a five way battle between Villopoto, Davi Millsaps, Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard, and Justin Barcia. James Stewart, Jr. and Chad Reed were thought to be the main show for the title, even though they tried their best shots for the season. Despite having a bad start for Villopoto in the Season Opener in Anaheim in 2013 where he finished 16th Place, he got back up winning 10 times in the season, and he clinched the 2013 AMA Supercross Champion and the 2013 World Supercross Champion for the third time in Salt Lake City, one round early before the Season Finale in Las Vegas, and will be the 4th Rider to become one of the greatest Supercross racers in history as he joins Bob Hannah, Jeremy McGrath, and Ricky Carmichael, the only riders to win three straight titles. Ryan Villopoto have scored an another major AMA pro motocross championship winning his second out of three 450 class motocross season he competed in. He clinched the title at round 11 at the Utah national, one round early before the Season Finale in Lake Elsinore, claiming 563 championship points in the 2013 season, 56 more points over his rival Ryan Dungey. It was a long hard fought season between main contenders including Ryan Dungey, justin Barcia, Trey Canard, James Stewart, Jr.

On October 20, 2013, Villopoto raced the Monster Energy Cup, for the third time. On the first moto, Villopoto took the Joker Lane, and Ryan Dungey missed it on the Final Lap and was docked five positions, which resulted of putting him 6th place. On the second moto, Villopoto was battling hard with James Stewart, Jr., and on the Final Lap, he missed the Joker Lane, and then suffered a horrific crash, going right over the table top and over the bars, which allows Stewart to take the win, and as a result, he was unable to race the third moto. It is unknown whether Villopoto to prepare to start racing for the 2014 AMA Supercross Series.


On March 8, 2014, Villopoto won the 450cc Final at Daytona International Speedway. It was his 4th career win at Daytona moving him within one win of Ricky Carmichael's all time record of five Daytona wins.[4] He had previously won races in Phoenix and in Oakland during the 2014 Supercross season. On April 5, 2014, Villopoto won the 450cc Main Event at Houston's Reliant Stadium, bringing his total career Supercross All-Time Wins number to 38, making him 5th place overall behind Chad Reed. On 26/04/14 Villopoto dominated the most highly competitive Supercross class in history at rd.16 New York, Metlife stadium and collect his 6th win of the season (40th of career) and wrapped up his 4th straight Monster Energy Supercross championship with one round remaining in the series. Villopoto's latest feat ties Jeremy Mcgrath as one of only two riders to accomplish 4 straight Monster Energy Supercross Championships. Shortly after the end of the 2014 Supercross series Villopoto announced that he would undergo knee surgery (Third time since 2009) and would miss the 2014 Lucas oil pro motocross series. This being the 5th Championship he has missed out on through injury in the 450 class, the others being '09 MX (Knee surgery), last four rounds of '10 SX and all of '10 MX (Broken leg), '12 MX (Knee surgery). All these injuries and missed opportunities have hurt Villopoto's already tremendous record. In September of that year, he officially announced that he will retire from all AMA races, ending his career and his 4-time Supercross championship streak in the US. He will move to Europe to race the FIM MXGP races and will be in place of Arnoud Tonus (#200) who will be racing on the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki 250 team with Adam Cianciarulo, Chris Alldredge, and Tyler Bowers.


Will not race in US

Total Career AMA Wins[edit]


  1. ^ Ryan Villopoto wins AMA Supercross title. Usatoday.Com (2011-05-08). Retrieved on 2011-12-05.
  2. ^ Kawasaki News. Kawasaki.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-05.
  3. ^ AMA Supercross Results Archive. Results.amasupercross.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-05.
  4. ^ http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20140308/NASCAR/140309413?Title=Villopoto-captures-4th-of-last-5-Daytona-Supercross-events

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