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4/5/2015 8:16 AM

From the horses mouth...

First off, Happy Easter to everyone and your families. Hope you get to share it with the special ones in your lives!

It’s been a hectic last couple months, but feel like its time to update all of you on what’s been going on. So let’s start from the first race in Qatar: Definitely, didn’t go the way we wanted. Our bike set-up was quite a ways off and therefore I was struggled the entire weekend. To make matters worse, in the second race I somehow got a rock wedged inside the rear brake and you can imagine no brake, no bueno. The Entire second half of moto two was sketchy. The whole weekend was just off, but it’s about learning and moving forward. So it was time to get our test on.

Back to Belgium, we tested for two days and made some good progress. Its tough because our tracks in the states are much different than the tracks here. The speed you can ride is so much different. We can push on our tracks, but on theirs the dirt is very particular and you have to be very aware of when you can and cannot push. Sometimes you have to go slower to go faster, which for me is hard to wrap my head around. The bike settings are much different as well because of the dirt. You have to run a softer fork setting because you don’t have the same load on the suspension. I think we are getting closer each day so we can more or less do some fine-tuning from here on out.

The racing itself over here is just different as well. In America, I like to say, we play checkers. While here, they play chess. There is a lot of strategy involved since the races are stretched out over two days (I am on a big learning curve). On Saturday we do two 20-minute practices and a 25-minute race so that by itself is a lot of riding. Then we do another practice plus two more motos the next day! Talk about seat-time. The Starting gate is much different too because of FIM rules. You are not allowed to go to the line with your mechanic, so I have to pack my own gate. Do I build a ramp? Kick some dirt around? Wide? Tight? Again, learning.

That said, next stop, Thailand. This track was a bit more my style, but man was it hot. Like a nice hot humid day in FL. We went 1-3 for the overall so that was definitely better and a step in the right direction. However, we are looking for a 1-1 so there is still work to be done. While in Thailand we got to do some crazy exploring.

We stayed in Bangkok and the place is just bazaar. But we got to see how people live and conduct business in alleyways. It was all just really weird, but a cool experience nevertheless. Watch Hangover 2 and you’ll get an good understanding of it. For example, you’ll see a little kid standing on the tray of a scooter with his dad driving it, and another kid on the back, no helmets, all three of them just ripping. Unreal…

After that we had two weeks off which we used to our advantage and put more work in. Then off to Patagonia we went.

Didn’t really know what to expect but WOW, Argentina is a beautiful place. I could definitely go back there and do some fly fishing and exploring. It kind of felt like home, or like Mammoth, California. One of the coolest places I have ever been hands down!

The track, which was only built for the race was really similar to Mammoth, too but it had fine pieces of porous volcanic rock. There wasn’t a lot of grip yet it was one of the better tracks we’ve ridden so far because it was a lot bigger, wider. And the fans…. absolutely crazy! Never knew people loved moto so much. I had to have guards everywhere I went. It was just that nuts. But it was cool to see people so pumped.

Also got to spend some time with my buddy Casey Stoner, his wife Adriana and their daughter Ally who flew in from Aussie. Cool having him around as he is pretty good with track stuff and its always helpul to get another perspective. Racing itself was okay with 4-4, but once again not exactly what we had in the plans. Got some decent points and things to make better. Work Time!

That’s about it for now. I’ll check back in with you after the next race in Italy in two weeks. – RV

www.rv2.com

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Jeff Emigs Keys to the Race:
1. Get a good start
2. Don't crash

4/5/2015 8:19 AM

Thanks for sharing.

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4/5/2015 8:26 AM

Pretty cool he's taking in the culture and seems like he's learning.

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4/5/2015 8:26 AM

Sounds like the bro is having fun on his farewell tour.

Good Stuff.

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Do you even l̶i̶f̶t̶ ride bro?

4/5/2015 8:31 AM

RV saw some bizarre stuff at the bazaar in Thailand.

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4/5/2015 8:33 AM

Good stuff.

Its cool hes sharing what is going on with him, both good and bad. Theres no pressure to always put a positive spin on things, just a very matter of fact report from RV.

Good job Ryan.smile

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" You thank whoever is up there, every morning you open your eyes, an everyday you can put your body on a motorcycle, thats pretty good enough for me" -Lars Larson

4/5/2015 8:52 AM

Good read.

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4/5/2015 9:01 AM

Good job Ryan...you are doing a great job representing our moto community, your family and USA USA USA!!
You always bring a solid effort...stay safe and a large crowd of us will welcome you back to the good 'Ole USA....and Glen Helen!

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4/5/2015 9:04 AM

Thanks

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4/5/2015 9:06 AM

Sandberm wrote:

Good stuff.

Its cool hes sharing what is going on with him, both good and bad. Theres no pressure to always put a positive ...more

feel the same ,thanks!

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4/5/2015 9:10 AM

Really cool read. I'm really enjoying this whole season with him over there. It's icing on the cake he's sharing his personal experiences like that. This has to be the most open to the public RV has ever been.

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4/5/2015 9:15 AM

What a fantastic experience for RV.
It's a shame more US riders do not take advantage of the abilities they have to experience the different tracks and culture that the GP experience would provide

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4/5/2015 9:20 AM

He's very positive seems like he is enjoying himself. Happy for him and his wife.

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Fanboy of: JS7 and AC222

4/5/2015 9:31 AM

Nice. ..thanks for posting that sir...looks like some of those pesky Euro dudes were on to something after all wink . I still wish he would do one more year over there. Its kinda hard to win a championship when your learning like that.

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4/5/2015 9:36 AM

Awesome report. He speaks on my level.

I hope he has some great success!

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4/5/2015 9:37 AM

Awesome read.

He sounds like a whole new guy with his life changing experience.

The World GP circuit is no joke and it's cool to hear from RV's perspective.

Thanks, can't wait for the next race! smile

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4/5/2015 10:12 AM

Very good read. Well done to Ryan!

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4/5/2015 10:14 AM

I think I said somewhere he had to slow down to go faster seem I was right

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4/5/2015 10:18 AM

So if we all agree that this is a new, more positive and more open RV....was he not this way before because of the environment in the U.S.? Kawasaki USA? Feld? AMA? Monster Energy USA? Were they "bad" influences when it came to the image RV was able to portray of himself?

I found the whole thing with him lieing about his racing the Nationals last year bizzare to say the least and think it was directed by Kawi, though of course I have no insider info...just common sense.

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" You thank whoever is up there, every morning you open your eyes, an everyday you can put your body on a motorcycle, thats pretty good enough for me" -Lars Larson

4/5/2015 10:22 AM

Good read, Thanks for posting it!

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4/5/2015 10:23 AM

I'm glad to hear he is making the most of it. It'll be an experience he'll never forget. And Argentina did look beautiful !! Thanks for putting that up Jamma.

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And there goes Jeffro. One of God's own prototypes. A super high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.

Ezza is Da man!

Pimpin' Ho's , Rollin' fatty's......drinkin' beers , beers , beers!! ~ Ja

4/5/2015 10:25 AM

Cool to read..."from the horses mouth." Thanks for taking the time to post that.
Best of luck the rest of the season!
I think a lot of people are following the GP's just a little closer this year! smile

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If you don't crash once in a while, you're not going fast enough.

4/5/2015 10:27 AM

Nice write up

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4/5/2015 11:28 AM

Thumbs up RV - great to hear about his adventures

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4/5/2015 12:16 PM

Nice update, good to hear it straight from RV. Cheering for him from WA! Living the dream and getting paid to race around the world. Great way to go out! We will be watching every round and will be at Glen Helen championship or not. Best GP season in a long time.

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4/5/2015 12:55 PM

Ryan, thank you for taking the time to fill in your fans and give an honest look at what is going on in your life.

We wish you the best. Go get em in Italy, you can do it!

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4/5/2015 1:26 PM

machine wrote:

Nice. ..thanks for posting that sir...looks like some of those pesky Euro dudes were on to something after all wink . I still wish ...more

Win win win situation. RV, american fans and old school GP fans would win if he chose to ride one more year.

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4/5/2015 3:23 PM

JustPuttinAround wrote:

Cool to read..."from the horses mouth." Thanks for taking the time to post that.
Best of luck the rest of the season!
I think ...more

always followed gps but not normally until the next day..now its a priority to schedule my time around them...Go Ryan and show em how its done in the us of a!!

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4/5/2015 3:40 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/5/2015 3:40 PM

Thanks for the read and good luck to the Villopoto family.

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4/5/2015 3:52 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/5/2015 3:52 PM

"Didn’t really know what to expect but WOW, Argentina is a beautiful place. I could definitely go back there and do some fly fishing and exploring. It kind of felt like home, or like Mammoth, California. One of the coolest places I have ever been hands down!"

Another confirmation he will only race this year and then it's over.

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"Ryan Dungey will always wonder how he can be a better son, brother, partner and racer. Because if you are satisfied, you will never be able to dream" ~ Troy Adamitis