NOV. 12, 2007
RENO, NVThor Motocross announced the signing of a long term contract with West Coast SX Lites Champion and 2-time National MX Lites Champion Ryan Villopoto during the Dealer Showcase at the new state of the art Parts Unlimited warehouse in Reno, Nevada.Bob Maynard, the CEO of Thor, presented Villopoto with a rare Kimber Valier handcrafter shotgun to celebrate the contract and show Villopoto Thor's appreciation. "Thor has supported Ryan as he moved through the ranks of our very successful amateur program and we are proud of his continuing success as a professional," said Maynard.Villopoto was not the only one walking away with a gift. Everyone present at the Showcase was given a limited edition #2 Thor decal to commemorate the special occasion and to announce Villopoto's new number.Every National Champion has the option to choose the number he or she wishes to run during the 2008 racing season. Villopoto decided that he wanted to run none other than the number of the recently retired Thor Supercross Legend Jeremy McGrath. Villopoto called up MC to see if he was willing to let him use his number. "I didn't really want to give the number up, but if anyone could have it I thought that Ryan would represent it the best," said McGrath.Thor is excited for the continued partnership with Villopoto, and wishes him the best of luck running the #2 this racing season.