Three Monster Energy Kawasaki riders will be trading in their familiar green and black graphics for red, white and blue as James Stewart, Timmy Ferry and Ryan Villopoto have been chosen to represent the USA at the Motocross of Nations at Donington Park in England.
Monster Energy Kawasaki team manager Mike Fisher, “It’s an honor to have just one of our riders invited to the Motocross of Nations. But to have all three riders on Kawasaki’s is amazing. It just shows the dedication our teams have to being the best and the talent of our riders.
“Stewart will be making only his second appearance at the prestigious international event. Stewart and Villopoto were teammates in 2006 when Team USA took the win at Matterly Basin in England. After winning every moto to date during the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship, Stewart will captain the team and compete in the MX1 class.
“I know this is a good team,” said Stewart. “I’m glad I was able to prove myself so I could get picked for the team. I’m ready to keep Team USA’s winning streak alive.”
2008 marks Ferry’s third time on the team. Last year Ferry took the MX3 Championship at Budds Creek, Md. with two exceptional victories on the Kawasaki KX(TM)450F to help Team USA grab it’s third straight win in the event. Ferry will look to defend the MX3 title when the team hits the track in England. Ferry’s last race outside of North America was in Zolder, Belgium in 2003.
“It’s every riders dream to race at the Motocross of Nations,” said Ferry. “This is my fourth invitation for the team and it is always a great feeling. I’m really proud to be chosen to represent the United States again.”
As the two-time defending AMA Motocross Lites Champion, Villopoto made his name internationally known at the 2007 Motocross of Nations by winning two motos on his Kawasaki KX(TM)KX250F. On his way to winning the MX2 Championship, Villopoto beat riders from both the MX1 and MX3 classes leaving the event as one of the fastest riders in the world.
“I’m happy to be back on Team USA,” said Villopoto. “I’m excited because I get to ride a track I’ve never ridden before. It was a fun experience the last two years and I’m just glad to be a part of the team again this year.”
In his final AMA Motocross Lites season, Villopoto currently holds a 103-point lead in the championship standings riding for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki. His third straight selection to Team USA not only recognizes his talent, but also the strength of the team he rides for.
“I’m really happy Ryan’s last 250F ride will be at the Motocross of Nations,” said Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team owner Mitch Payton. “Ryan has been a great rider for us the last three years and it is only fitting that he finishes his remarkable AMA Motocross Lites career representing his country.”
Team USA will look to extend their streak to four straight Motocross of Nations titles on September 27-28.
Courtesy Kawasaki USA