- André Villa
- Resides in:
- Vågå, Norway
- Kawasaki KX 450F
- FMX since:
André Villa is known on the international FMX scene as a man with bags of style and an even bigger bag of tricks. He left his motocross career behind in 2000 after suffering numerous injuries and turned semi-pro in freestyle skiing before later returning to the bike in 2003 and dedicating his life to FMX.
After deciding to move from Norway to Spain to build what is arguably the best FMX park in Europe, Villa quickly began to reap the rewards of his decision to migrate south and immediately started winning a series of big events. André set high standards for style in the sport.
After being sidelined by serious injuries in Madrid in 2006 and in Poland in 2008, Villa burst back onto the scene in 2009 with loads of positive energy. In 2010, he decided to move once again and joined many of the international FMX elite in the sport's hotspot in Temecula, California. Why? "I was fed up with getting beaten," explained Villa. With a new bike, a new practice environment, and plenty of new tricks, André was leading the 2010 tour for almost the entire season until "Destroyer" Nate Adams passed him for another world series victory at the end of the tour in Rome, Italy.
Villa moved to Temecula at the beginning of 2011 to sharpen his skills among the international elite prior to the season opener in Dubai. He came in strong with a second place and carried the momentum over to Brazil with another podium. Due to a little mishap, André missed the victory on the third stop in Rome but was still able to grab the overall lead just like in 2010, based on his points halfway through the season. The event in Las Ventas was never kind to the towering Viking and Villa left Madrid without a podium spot, ending up in fifth place.
After the X-Games, Villa´s plan was to come back stronger in Poland and get more points to climb up the championship ranking. Unfortunately, just like in 2008, he ended up in the hospital with a broken leg. The femur is the biggest bone in the body, André was facing a long road to recovery and it was simply out of the question for him to recover in time for the final event in Sydney. While his fellow riders used the off-season to relax, Villa had to work harder to be back on his bike in January 2012 and start training for the Dubai season opener.
Villa came back strong and ended up a heroic fifth place on the sandy beaches of Dubai but was unable to compete at any other stop due to some minor injuries.
In 2013, Villa focused on Speed & Style and various shows around the world, putting the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour on the side. Without having the pressure of the big FMX events and the risk of heavy injuries, Villa enjoyed the last years just riding shows and selected events filled with good times spent with his friends who were also freeriding.