Video: Villopoto on why riders retire early

Ryan Villopoto talks to Grant Langston and David Pingree on the Whiskey Throttle Show about why riders retire early and blames the MX Sports and Feld combined schedule for the length of their supercross and motocross series with RV wanting 12 supercross rounds and 8 outdoor rounds in a bid to keep the stars around for longer.

You can see the full show below with Villopoto acknowledging he had more respect for GP riders after his tough time racing the MXGP series and difficulty adjusting to the different lifestyle, cultures as well the different tracks, plus how Paulin, Herlings and others impressed him. See the section on his time in MXGP at 3h 9minutes in. Ryan also talks about the sad passing of his father with David Pingree at 3h 34 minutes – and it’s a tough watch:

Text: Jonathan McCready

Image: Gino Maes