Interview: Ryan Villopoto

Shan Moore | April 18, 2009

Ryan Villopoto’s performance at the 2007 Motocross of Nations at Budds Creek was one of the most remarkable feats in the history of the sport. Riding a 250F against the best 450 riders in the world, the 19-year-old Kawasaki rider from Washington ran away with both his motos and led the U.S. squad to a resounding victory. At that moment, the world took note of Ryan Villopoto, and he was subsequently tabbed as the heir apparent to Ricky Carmichael’s motocross throne.Two years later, when he graduated into the premiere division, RV was pegged as one of the favorites and destined to win a Supercross title in his rookie year. And though he won his share of races, the next two seasons would be plagued with injury and illness preventing him from performing at his best, and sometimes not at all…To read the complete Ryan Villopoto interview, see this week’s issue of Cycle News by clicking on the following link…

Shan Moore | Contributing Editor

Moore covers all facets of off-road racing for Cycle News – from AMA Supercross and Motocross to GNCC and National Hare Scrambles events.