A red headed kid with freckles on a green bike. Sound familiar? That’s how Ricky Carmichael started out his career, and he eventually became known as the “GOAT”. Could Ryan Villopoto be following suit?
Last year Villopoto won everything in sight, both in supercross and outdoors. The AMA Supercross championship. The AMA 450 Outdoor championship. The Monster Energy Cup (sweeping all three main events to claim a $1,000,000 bonus). The MX of Nations team crown for USA.
Saturday night in Anaheim, Villopoto decimated the competition. With several laps left in the main event, he had a 20 second lead on second place, and was already in cruise control and on his way to the win. Sure, it was an odd track (not your typical supercross layout), but past champions Chad Reed (Honda), James Stewart (Yamaha) and Ryan Dungey (KTM) couldn’t come close to matching his pace in the main event. If he stays healthy (always a big question in supercross), Villopoto looks like he is on his way to repeating his experience in 2011. At 23 years of age, he needs only health and motivation to continue building his impressive career accomplishments, which already include four Outdoor National titles, one Supercross title and one West Region Supercross Lites title.