Click on images to enlarge
Ryan Villopoto has been selected as the new promoter for Straddleline ORV Park in McCleary, Washington, by the Grays Harbor County Commissioners. The former AMA National and Supercross Champion presented a business plan to the commissioners that stated that several big name sponsors were in line to back the park—including Monster Energy and Kawasaki. Among scheduled improvements are a new layout to slow down the track for more safety, longer lap times, and better passing options. The kids track will be moved to the inside of the flat track for improved safety. Other improvements would be a developed RV park with additional spaces and cabins, plus a mountain bike course and a low-land gravity park.
Ryan Villopoto said that as a child he had ridden at Straddleline. “I rode the track when I was probably 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10 years old,” Villopoto said. “We want to put on events that either haven’t been done or are only once a year here, and we’ve already talked to one of the major promoters up here about getting one of the biggest events in the Northwest and bringing it to Straddleline. We’ve talked about putting on a Ryan Villopoto camp for about three or four days, with myself and maybe Nick Wey (another retired motocross rider) and a well-known off-road guy, and just set up different courses, and run through what to do in different scenarios.”