In anticipation of this Saturday’s Supercross opener in Anaheim, California, Kawasaki invited a select crowd of enthusiasts and journalists to join their employees at the corporate offices in Irvine, California, for the annual Team Monster Energy Kawasaki pep rally. We sat down with defending SX champ, Ryan Villopoto, and his teammate, Jake Weimer, to get their perspectives on the upcoming season.
Both men entered last season at less than 100%. For Villopoto, perseverance paid-off with both the SX and MX championships as well as winning the Motorcross of Nations and the inaugural Monster Energy Cup. Weiman struggled without much pre-season practice or training and ended the season in a disappointing 26th position, but bounced back to 4th place in the outdoor series.
Villopoto: I’m definitely at 100% and ready to get the season underway. Last year I struggled at the beginning and had some mixed results, but I’ve been able to train and practice in the off-season which makes me confident going in to this Saturday’s event.
Now that you’re the defending champion, is there more or less pressure?
Villopoto: It’s not really more or less pressure. The pressure, or desire to win, to do good, remains the same. But, if anything, there’s less pressure because I’m better prepared for this season than I was last season. Continue Reading »