That title is confusing, isn’t it? That’s not from bad grammar. It’s not clickbait, either. Really, it’s more the fact that most Kiwis – and race fans around the world – are probably wondering what Shayne King and Ryan Villopoto have in common. From the long list of races and championships won, to being ambassadors for Alpinestars, it’s actually quite a lot.
The Ryan Villopoto Signature Tech 10
So, you thought the 1996 FIM 500cc Motocross World Champion only raced in Europe? Nope, Shayne King also raced in the United States, indoors and outdoors, where he helped develop the modern four-stroke motocross bike – not to mention, lay the groundwork for KTM to become a powerhouse in professional racing, too.
At the fifth round of the 2014 season of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, which had the racers back in Anaheim for the third time that season, Alpinestars unveiled the Limited Edition “RV2” Tech 10. Also in attendance was King, who fronted the edit that Alpinestars used to introduce the LE Tech 10 that would debut on Villopoto in the Main Event. Even though Villopoto didn’t take the win at A3, he was still on the podium, earning valuable points that helped him take the title for the fourth and final time.
While signature boots are few and far between for Alpinestars (the last was done for Eli Tomac, Villopoto’s replacement-slash-heir apparent on Monster Energy Kawasaki), there are a handful of Limited Editions each season, such as the recently released Limited Edition “Aviator” Collection (that included the Aviator Tech 10 boot, Racer jersey, Racer pant, and Racefend glove).
Unlike the Limited Edition RV2 Tech 10, the all-new Aviator boot swept the podium at the sixth round of the 2018 season of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, being on the feet of Jason Anderson, Marvin Musquin and Blake Baggett.
Main Photo: Monster Energy Kawasaki