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A season-ending left knee injury is keeping Ryan Villopoto from repeating as the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross champion. While he recovers he can at least look forward to the June 21 debut of "2 Be Continued," a documentary about the slower side of the life of whom many consider to be the fastest man on a dirt bike.
Filming began in September at the Pala Raceway, about an hour northeast of San Diego, and wrapped only three weeks ago.
"It was pretty easy getting footage," Villopoto said. "Most of the guys have filmed motocross before and know how serious our sport is. They know when to get into the mix and when not to."
|Ryan Villopoto on the podium April 15 in New Orleans, a familiar scene in Supercross the past two years.|
Volcom's Troy Eckert, who produced the project, revealed that roughly half of the footage is original, and that the retrospective footage is meant to show fans the Villopoto's origins -- and what life was like before his 16-month tear that brought two Supercross Class titles, the 450 Motocross Championship, and a million-dollar victory at the Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas.
"I think the movie will reveal different sides of Ryan that the general public doesn't know about and will appreciate," Eckert said. "He's a quiet and reserved guy."
Deciding which points in Villopoto's six-year career proved to be its own challenge.
"It's not your typical action motocross film. It's really a documentary about Ryan," said Eckert, who stressed the logistical difficulty of including everyone involved. "Between the high-profile cast of characters and their busy schedules we had to be pretty nimble."
"2 Be Continued" is expected to run nearly 50 minutes, and is currently beneath the post-production editing scalpel, and will premiere on Volcom's Facebook page on June 21, and be available on iTunes shortly after.
"To have it be the first motocross documentary is very cool," Villopoto said.