Villopoto and Weimer Set to Return to Monster Energy Kawasaki

Irvine, Calif. (September 7, 2012)
– Monster Energy Kawasaki will continue with its successful team of
Ryan Villopoto and Jake Weimer on board the championship proven KX™450F for 2013
and beyond.

“Our goal from the beginning was to have the best riders on
the track and we have that with Ryan and Jake,” said Reid Nordin, Kawasaki
Senior Manager of Racing. “The guys work extremely well with each other, and
have both had exceptional seasons. The entire team continues to work hard to
improve. We are looking forward to having two Kawasaki’s on the podium and
continued success for many years to come.”

In 2011, Villopoto had a
dominating season winning the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World
Championship title, the AMA 450 Motocross Championship, the Motocross of Nations
Chamberlin trophy, and the Monster Energy Cup. He successfully defended his
Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship in 2012, but an injury forced him to
miss his title defense in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Villopoto has been
with Kawasaki since his amateur career as part of Team Green. He has a
Supercross Lites West Region Championship and three 250 motocross championships.
Earning his first supercross class win in 2009, Villopoto has since accumulated
a total of 24 supercross wins and sits seventh on the all-time win

Villopoto’s teammate Weimer competed in his first full season on
the KX450F this year, finishing fifth overall in Supercross. He has carried the
team through the summer by consistently battling for the podium during the
outdoor nationals. Weimer made the jump up to 450 class after a successful lites
career. Weimer captured the 2010 Supercross Lites West Region Championship,
earned a total of eight supercross lites wins, three 250 motocross wins, and
helped Team USA win the 2009 Motocross of Nations in Italy. After a broken arm
hindered his debut 450 season in 2011, Weimer scored five supercross podiums in
2012 and currently sits fourth in the AMA Pro 450 Motocross

Weimer wraps up the 2012 motocross season at Lake Elsinore
and then he will be rejoined by Villopoto at the Monster Energy Cup on October
20, 2012 in Las Vegas.

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