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Washougal MX National: Ryan Villopoto to ride in all-star race

Rider from Washington is back in home state as grand marshall of Washougal MX National

A Pacific Northwest legend of motocross will be celebrated Saturday at the 38th running of the Washougal MX National.

Ryan Villopoto, from Poulsbo, will serve as the event’s grand marshall and will compete in the all-star series race Saturday in front of what is expected to be more than 20,000 fans at Washougal MX Park.

Ryan Villopoto, a legend in the Northwest motocross community, will be the grand marshall of the 38th Washougal MX National on Saturday. He also will ride in an all-star race. Photo by Rich Shepherd
Ryan Villopoto, a legend in the Northwest motocross community, will be the grand marshall of the 38th Washougal MX National on Saturday. He also will ride in an all-star race. Photo by Rich Shepherd


38th Motosport.com Washougal MX National

Saturday at Washougal MX Park, 40205 NE Borin Road, Washougal

8 a.m.: Practice and qualifying

12:30 p.m.: Opening ceremony

1 p.m.: First motos (250 class, then 450)

3 p.m.: Second motos

Tickets: General admission, $50. Ages 6 and under are free

Pit passes can be purchased online only. Tickets for Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships are available at www.ProMotocross.com


 

Villopoto, the most successful rider to hail from the Northwest, was one of the sport’s most high-profile stars until his retirement in 2015. He won three consecutive Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships in the 250 class from 2006 through 2008. Later, he claimed two 450 titles, in 2013 and 2015.

His 31 combined pro motocross wins puts him fifth on the all-time list. He also won four Supercross championships as well.

Injuries slowed him down toward the end of his career, forcing his retirement. He did win his final start in Washougal, in his home state, back in 2013.

Saturday, he will ride again in Washougal, in the all-star race in the middle of the Motosport.com Washougal National, presented by Peterson CAT.

“We’ve never had the chance to properly celebrate all of Ryan’s success and contributions to the championship, so we’re honored that he’s accepted the invitation to serve as Grand Marshall of the Washougal National,” said Davey Coombs, president of MX Sports Pro Racing. “We’re even more excited to him take to the track once again at his home race, which is sure to bring the crowd into a frenzy.”

The 2018 Washougal National is the ninth round of the 12-round series. Eli Tomac of Cortez, CO, won last week and has a small points lead over Marvin Musquin of France in the 450 class. Aaron Plessinger of Hamilton, OH, has won the past two 250 races and has a solid lead for the points title.

Qualifying and practice starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, with opening ceremonies to begin at 12:30 p.m. The first motos begin at 1 p.m.

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