It was a banner year for Ryan Villopoto in 2011, and the rider’s Kawasaki team showed their appreciation at the annual employee pre-season meet and greet, reports Cycle News.
Villopoto was on hand to meet with Kawasaki employees, and the company took the time to recognize his accomplishments over the past year. The rider won every championship he entered, including AMA Supercross, Motocross and Motocross des Nations as a member of Team USA.
The factory presented Villopoto with a championship ring, along with a new toy: a Kawasaki Teryx Four side-by-side ATV. The company had the machine custom-built to create the unique “Ryan Villopoto Edition.”
Senior team manager Reid Norton said that Villopoto is typically known as a two-wheel guy, so the team figured they’d add a few when they presented him with the new vehicle.
As for the upcoming season, Villopoto says he’s motivated to do it all again in 2012.
“I’m going to try and repeat,” he told the news source. “I think the thing to do is go every weekend and try to be there. I think we do the first 15 rounds right in a row so it’s 15 weekends of basically traveling non-stop. It’s a demanding schedule for us. I just have to stay healthy, stay fit and minimize the mistakes.”