Sidelined for a year, Ryan Breece is back and ready for 2022
Text by Jamie “Darkside” Guida
The 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship is just over a month away. The silly season has passed, the riders signed their contracts and got their new bikes. All factory riders now need to focus on driving and training, a routine they are used to. This is not exactly the case for all runners however. Some are still trying to put together a program: finding sponsors, booking trips, ordering parts, and sorting out so many other pieces of the puzzle that teams manage for their runners. This is the case of privateer Ryan Breece. He, once again, starts over.
Breece, who grew up in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, turned pro in 2015. Growing up in the Northwest, you could only ride about five months a year. There was a healthy arena-cross scene he cut his teeth into, but if you wanted to level up you had to travel south during the winters. At 14, Breece would travel to his grandfather in California to train. In his youth, he was also a talented athlete in more traditional sports. Breece was recruited to play college football until he tore his meniscus. He traveled to Montana Western to meet with the coaches and see the facilities, but found it wasn’t for him. He decided to focus on racing in order to fulfill his desire to compete.
Breece has had impressive achievements in his career. He won the Amsoil AX Lites Championship in 2017 and 2018 and he won the German ADAC Supercross Championship in 2020. Unfortunately, these achievements do not guarantee a long term contract with a factory team. When he wasn’t racing on AX in 2017 and 2018, he raced a few rounds of supercross with Rockwell Racing. In 2019, Cycle Trader / Rock River Yamaha brought him into the team mid-season. In 2020, he rode for Twisted Tea / HEP Motorsports Suzuki replacing Max Anstie during the supercross. In 2021, he did not compete in a single round of supercross or the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship due to a knee injury. “Looks like I always start from scratch,” he said.