Villopoto Excited for AUS-X Open

Ryan Villopoto
Ryan Villopoto

The four time AMA Supercross World Champion has spoken out on his scheduled appearance down under.

By Hayden Gregory
Ryan Villopoto
Ryan Villopoto

As announced last week, Villopoto will join Australian legend Chad Reed in this year’s AUS-X open set for Sydney’s Qudos bank Arena on the 12th and 13th of November.

It will be Villopoto’s first supercross race since his shock retirement from the sport early last year.

“I’m really excited to announce that I’ll be lining up behind a supercross gate again in Sydney, Australia, this November for the second AUS-X Open event!” said Villopoto.

Racing (against) Chad will be awesome. I think that not only will Australian fans be tuning in, but the world also. 

“It’s a unique opportunity for supercross fans – it’ll be a thing like, ‘cool, Chad’s there and so is Ryan – lets see how this pans out’ – which will be exciting.

“I’ve chosen the AUS-X Open event (to race at) because of the vibe. Obviously there are other races that are similar, however I generally looked at those as ‘headache’ events.

“The AUS-X Open seems a bit different; a lot more laid back and just a hell of a time”, finished Villopoto.

The opportunity to see Villopoto square off with Reed is a huge drawcard for the event and one that we don’t recommend missing.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres, reflected these thoughts.

Ryan Villopoto is a legend of World Supercross, and it’s great to see him come out of retirement to compete at this year’s AUS-X Open,” he said. “The event has been secured exclusively for Sydney by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW and with an all-star field announced, it promises to be a must-see event.”

More announcements for the 2016 AUS-X Open are expected so stay tuned!

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