Category Archives: Motorsports

Villlopoto Gets a Teammate at Kawaski

Poulsbo’s Ryan Villopoto, one of the superstars of Supercross, has a Kawasaki teammate for the 2011 season.

Kawasaki recently signed Jake Weimer to run with Villopto in the 450 class. Weimer was one of the top riders in the 250 circuit.

With bikes sales down, the economy is taking a toll on a lot of the teams, who are opting to go with one star and a less expensive backup rider.

Here’s the lineups of some of the other factory teams:

Honda: Signed Trey Canard earlier, and added Josh Grant as the backup.

L&M: James Stewart is the hotdog with Kyle Regal in the support role.

Suzuki: Ryan Dungey’s the main man with Brett Metcalfe the backup.

Yamaha: Tommy Hahn and Kyle Chisholm.

Toyota/JGRMX: Davi Millsaps and Justin Brayton.

KTM: Andrew Short and Mike Alessi (motocross only).

Villopoto was at Dodger Stadium last week, trying to explain what it’s like to race on a new track. The venue will host a Supercross race on Jan. 22. Villopoto won seven races a year ago before suffering a broken leg that ended his season.

Villopoto Likes Idea of Racing at Dodgers Stadium

Poulsbo native and AMA Supercross star Ryan Villopoto won’t get a chance to sail a home run over the wall at Dodger Stadium, but he can catch some big air in the outfield.

Villopoto, who is recovering from an injury that ended his 2010 season, had this to say about racing at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 22.

 “It’s always a different track no matter the stadium. It really comes down to the dirt as some is really soft while others are really hard. If it is anything like the dirt we have at other rounds in California, it should be good. I’m really looking forward to the season coming up and I feel like I’m going to be more ready than I’ve ever been before.”

Here’s a link to the story.

Hydros Ready to Return to San Diego

Dave Villwock in the U-96 Spirit of Qatar will be back on the water this weekend in San Diego. Villwock, a South Kitsap product, is fighting with U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto driver Steve David for the High Points National Title. Villwock is still chasing history. A win this weekend would tie him with Chip Hanauer for second on the sport’s win list.

Villwock Ready to Defend Gold Cup Title

The biggest race on the hydroplane circuit is the Gold Cup in Detroit, which is this weekend.
South Kitsap grad Dave Villwock is the defending champ.
He’s the only Gold Cup winner in this year’s field.
Villwock has seven Gold Cups. He’s one behind Bill Muncey. Chip Hanauer has the record with 12.
Here’s an interesting story on the dangers of hydro racing.