Get to Know Oakley’s Sports 2016 Two-Wheel Motorsports Athletes & Ambassadors

Get to Know Oakley’s Sports 2016 Two-Wheel Motorsports Athletes & Ambassadors

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ATHLETES

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Ryan Dungey

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BIOGRAPHY

Ryan Dungey has done everything there is to do in motocross. Technically solid and phenomenally consistent on the track, the Minnesota native’s dominance kicked off in 2009 with his sweep of the Lites Supercross Championship and the 250 AMA Motocross title. Following up with an astounding 2010 campaign after the step up to the 450 class, Ryan’s steady performances dominated the field en route to claiming both the Supercross and Motocross Championships as a rookie on the big bikes – becoming just the second rider in the history of the sport to accomplish the feat. Topped off with a 2010 Motocross Des Nations triumph, it became clear that RD had become one of motocross’ elite. In the years since, he’s captured another MX and SX title and continues his march into the history books and further into the discussion of the best ever on two wheels.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 3x 450 Motocross Champion
  • 3x 450 Supercross Champion
  • 3x Motocross des Nations Champion
  • 2x ESPY Award Winner, “Best Male Action Sports Athlete”
  • 2016 – First Motocross Rider on Wheaties Box
  • 2009 – West Coast Supercross Lites Champion
  • 2009 – 250 Motocross Champion
  • 2007 – AMA Supercross/Motocross “Rookie of the Year”

SPONSORS

Red Bull, KTM, Fox, Oakley, Target, Wheaties, SkullCandy, Sony, Trek

HOBBIES

Training and riding road bicycles

Ken Roczen

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BIOGRAPHY

Born in Mattstedt, Germany, Ken Roczen started racing early. By 13 he’d won a junior world championship. Since reaching the professional ranks, Roczen has had continued success every step of the way. He won back-to-back Masters Championships in Germany, before becoming world champion in MX2 in 2011. In 2013, he made the move to 250 class racing and won the US West Coast Supercross Championship and in 2014, during his rookie season racing in the 450 class, Roczen burst out of the gates, winning four of the first six overalls, and making all but two podiums over the course of the season.

Roczen is the first German native to win a Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship title and is the 23rd different 450 Class Champion in the series’ 43-year history. Additionally, he joins an elite group of riders who hold the distinction of winning the title in their rookie season, including Jean-Michel Bayle and fellow Oakley riders Ryan Dungey and the legendary Ricky Carmichael.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2014 – Lucas Oil 450 Pro Motocross Champion
  • 2013 – 250 class Motocross Champion
  • 2013 – AMA Supercross Lites Western Regional Champion
  • 2012 – FIM Motocross of Nations Team Overall Champions – Team Germany
  • 2011 – FIM MX2 World Champion

SPONSORS

RCH Suzuki, Red Bull, Fox, Oakley

HOBBIES

Snowboarding, Hanging Out with Friends, Stand-Up Jet-Skis

Valentino Rossi

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BIOGRAPHY

Valentino Rossi’s career has been nothing short of extraordinary. The son of a motorcycle racer, the Italian phenom displayed a predisposition for racing early on in life. He started with a regional Kart championship in 1990 and the penchant for winning never ceased. Considered the greatest motorcycling rider of all time, Rossi has nine GP world titles to his name. Now one of the elder statesman of the sport, “The Doctor” continues to appear on podiums and challenge for another world title.

When he’s not racing MotoGP, Rossi can still be found dabbling in four wheel motorsports, participating in the occasional Sports Car race and the prominent Monza Rally Show.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 6x MotoGP World Champion
  • 72x MotoGP Race Winner
  • 2001 – 500cc World Champion
  • 1999 – 250cc World Champion
  • 1997 – 125cc World Champion

SPONSORS

Oakley, Yamaha Factory Racing, Monster Energy, Iveco, YamaLube, Semakin Di Depan

HOBBIES

Motocross, rally, karting, sports car racing, snowboard

Eli Tomac

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BIOGRAPHY

Get to know Eli Tomac: he’s coming for you. The young speed demon from Cortez, Colo. began riding dirt bikes at the age of 4 and was pulling on a race jersey by the time he was 5. With 8 amateur titles under his belt, Tomac made his professional debut at the 2010 Pro Motocross season opener at Hangtown where he quickly made his presence known, becoming the first racer to have won the first race he entered.

After a solid career in the lower classes, Tomac is now a mainstay on the big bikes. He began his 2015 MX campaign by winning five straight motos before suffering a outdoor-season-ending injury during the second moto at Thunder Valley. Tomac will be back soon and contending for world titles.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2014 – 1st, Spring Creek (First Career 450MX Win)
  • 2013 – 250MX Champion
  • 2013 – Runner-Up 250SX West Region
  • 2012 – 250 Class Supercross Champion (250SX West Region)
  • 2011 – Rookie Season – Six Podium Finishes
  • First Rider in History to Win Professional Debut

SPONSORS

Factory Kawasaki Racing, Monster Energy, Oakley, Alpinestars, Bell, PPG

HOBBIES

Paintball, Golf, Mountain Biking

Chad Reed

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BIOGRAPHY

Since making the move to America in 2002, Chad Reed has amassed one of the most impressive careers in motocross history. Reed has achieved a majority of his success as a Supercross competitor, including a 2002 Lites Championship and Supercross Championship finishes of second, first, second, third, second, first and second from 2003-2009. Though he’s faced several serious injuries in his career, he remains one of the most celebrated athletes in the game today.

Born in Newcastle, Australia, Reed picked up two Australian National titles before heading to Europe to race the GPs, from there it was onto the States to take on the AMA. Reed pulled off an East Coast SX Lites title in his first attempt and turned it into a Supercross championship in 2004. Riding for Yamaha, Reed proved one of the top-three riders in SX, consistently challenging rivals James Stewart and Ricky Carmichael and eventually bringing home another Supercross crown in 2008. Since coming to America, Reed has never finished a full season outside the top-10, and only twice outside the top-5.

Aside from racing, Reed is an avid Supercross promoter in his home country of Australia. Reed and his wife Ellie welcomed their first child into the world before the 2010 season. The couple lives in Florida where Reed trains in the off-season and regularly hosts fellow riders to get some work in around his compound in the Sunshine State.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 4x Australian Supercross Champion
  • 2x US Open Champion
  • 2x AMA/FIN World Supercross Champion
  • 2009 – AMA National Motocross Champion
  • 2009 – AMA Athlete of the Year
  • 2009 – Monster Energy Triple Crown MX Champion
  • 2005 – Bronze Medal, X Games Supermoto
  • 2004 – AMA Supercross Champion
  • 2002 – AMA East Coast Lites SX Champion
  • 1997 – Australian Junior Motocross Champion

SPONSORS

Yamaha, Monster Energy, Oakley, Fox Racing, Shift, Pro Circuit, 360 Fly Camera

HOBBIES

Golf, Blackjack, Wakeboarding, Karting

Marc Marquez

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BIOGRAPHY

Marc Marquez is no longer a surprise sensation. His rookie campaign on the premier class circuit resulted in his becoming the youngest-ever MotoGP World Champion. He would have no sophmore slump, jamming out of the gates with 10 wins to begin the season before locking up a second consecutive world championship with three races remaining in the season. The young Spanish sensation, with his signature smile, has rewritten and rewritten once again the history books of the sport. Marquez is well on his way to claiming his place as one of the elite riders in the sport’s storied history.

Arriving to the international scene with a pair of World Championship titles already under his belt (125cc in 2010 and Moto2 in 2011), there was no doubt that his move to premier class would have an impact on the series standings. But coming onto the world stage and claiming the championship not only proved his natural ability: It also started a new era in itself.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2x Moto GP World Champion
  • 22x Moto GP Race Winner
  • 2013 – Youngest-ever Moto GP Pole Sitter and Event Winner (Grand Prix of the Americas)
  • 2012 – Moto2 World Champion
  • 2010 – 125cc World Champion

SPONSORS

Red Bull, Repsol Honda Team, Estrella Galicia, Alpinestars, Oakley, Shoei, Nilox, Lotus, Specialized, Buff, Rodi

HOBBIES

Cycling, mountain biking, motocross, hanging with friends

James “Bubba” Stewart

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BIOGRAPHY

No rider has ever made such an impact on Motocross as James Stewart. After racking up a record-breaking 11 AMA Amateur National Titles riding for Kawasaki Team Green, “Bubba” was named the 2002 Rookie of the Year in his debut pro season. The legend began.

In 2004, he claimed both the AMA 125 East Supercross Title and the AMA 125 Motocross National Championship. Four years later, in 2008, he became the second rider in history after Ricky Carmichael to complete a perfect motocross season with 24 wins in 24 races.

Stewart would go on to capture the 2009 FIM World Supercross and AMA Supercross Championship titles – and despite a couple of seasons plagued by injury, he continues to be a dominating force on two wheels.

A fan favorite after starring in his own reality television show, the popular “Bubba’s World,” and the coining of his signature move, the “Bubba Scrub” (emulated by riders everywhere) – James Stewart’s influence on the sport is second to none.

CAREER

  • Set a record for amateur national wins at 11
  • Most wins in a season by a rookie (14)
  • Most overall AMA motocross wins in a season (11)
  • Most career 125 motocross overall wins (29)
  • Most combined 125 Supercross and motocross wins at 47
  • Only rider to win all 3 AMA 125 titles (East and West Supercross, and a pair of National Championships
  • 2009 FIM World Supercross and AMA Supercross Champion
  • 2008 AMA Motocross National Champion and Motocross of Nations Champion
  • 2007 World GP Supercross Champion and AMA Supersross Champion
  • 2006 World GP Supercross Champion

SPONSORS

Oakley, Red Bull, Seven, Bell, Nike, GoPro

HOBBIES

Play riding, boating, golf, road cycling, wakeboarding, tubing, mini-bike Supercross

Ryan Villopoto

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BIOGRAPHY

Ryan Villopoto, at his young age, is already an icon. The three-time AMA World Supercross Champion (2011, 2012, 2013) and two-time AMA Motocross Champion (450 Class) is also the only rider in the history of the sport to clinch a series crown four races early.

Bursting onto the scene in 2006 with an AMA Motocross Lites Championship and the AMA Supercross/Motocross Rookie of the Year title, he’s elevated himself and his overall program to unrivaled heights – demonstrating consistency that few programs can match.

A true legend in the making, RV2’s seven overall championship titles has propelled him into the pages of history as one of the World’s most elite – following in the footsteps of fellow iconic Oakley greats whose stories live on through decades of MX greatness.

His name is now penned alongside Supercross legends Bob Hannah, Jeremy McGrath and Ricky Carmichael as the only riders to win three consecutive titles. Villopoto however, has the unique distinction of being the only rider in the history of the sport to clinch a series crown four races early.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2013: AMA World SX Champion and AMA MX Champion
  • 2012: AMA World SX Champion
  • 2011: AMA World SX Champion, MX Champion, MXON Champion and Monster Energy Cup Champion
  • 2010: AMA SX Wins: San Francisco, Anaheim 3, Indianapolis, Daytona, Toronto, Jacksonville and Houston
  • 2009: AMA SX Wins: Seattle, Las Vegas, AMA MX Win: Glen Helen
  • 2008: AMA MX Lites Champion, MXON Champion
  • 2007: AMA SX Lites West Champion, AMA MX Lites Champion and MXON Champion
  • 2006: AMA MX Lites Champion, MXON Champion and AMA Rookie of the Year

SPONSORS

Oakley, Alpinestars, Falken Tire, Thor, Monster Energy Kawasaki, GoPro, Atlas Brace Technologies

HOBBIES

Wake surfing, jet skiing, hunting, fishing