Here’s some morning news at Angel Stadium of Anaheim: Ryan Villopoto has signed a contract to become a brand ambassador for Yamaha Motors USA.

The multi-time motocross and Supercross champion announced the new deal on Saturday morning at the Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing pit area and said the new deal goes into effect immediately. Although Villopoto is known for his connection to Kawasaki through his amateur and professional career, he actually had some support from Yamaha during the early part of his amateur, particularly in the 80cc class. We’ll have more on this news to come later in the day…


Whenever a new deal is on the horizon, it is usually leaked at some point and most people are aware that it is happening. The fact that Ryan Villopoto is now a brand ambassador for Yamaha caught most by surprise, however, as he has been such an integral part of Monster Energy Kawasaki in the last ten years.

All good things must come to an end,” he wrote on social media. Proud of all the great things I have done and achieved throughout my racing career both amateur and professional at Kawasaki. They will forever be a part of my legacy. Excited for my next chapter and partnership.” Villopoto later stated that he is “excited to join Yamaha Motor USA. Thanks to all involved can’t wait to get to work and show you guys what we have in the works.

It is thought that Villopoto will undertake various projects as a brand ambassador at Yamaha. There is no doubt that his face will continue to pop up frequently, as he is involved in the industry through many avenues.