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.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Monster Energy Media/Octopi