Rider: Ryan Villopoto, circa 2005. Photographer: John Basher. Story: "I was at Glen Helen shooting test rider Dennis Stapleton on the 2006 Suzuki RM-Z250 in the far back corner of the track just after the 110-foot tabletop (which is no longer there). In between shots we had to wait for the traffic on the track to clear, but I noticed Ryan Villopoto going blistering fast around Glen Helen. Back then Ryan was still donning his rookie number (207) and had been relatively unknown, except for his podium finish at the final National of the year. He certainly caught my eye when he began punishing the same corner that Stapleton was hitting. Ryan came around the corner one time on his screaming Pro Circuit Kawasaki and demolished the puffy berm, all while maintaining top speed and perfect form. On that day I bowed down to Ryan Villopoto."
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