Ryan Torda

Ryan Torda

Infobox Chinese-language singer and actor
name = Ryan Torda

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caption = It has been recently announced that Ryan will reprise his Aito role of Japanese Kamen Rider Aito at Joetsu city's Great Kenshin Festival for the third year in a row on August 23, 2009.
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birthname = Ryan Genji Anderson Hahn Torda
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origin = Hong Kong
birthdate = birth date and age|1986|12|27
birthplace = flagicon|Japan Arita, Tokyo Japan
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othername = "Japanese": Liang-Jie Vorgs Jin (Traditional)
"Korean": Mikayco Gillian
Vorgs, Ryai, Liang-Jie or LJ, RIDH - T
occupation = Record Producer, Musician, Songwriter, Rapper, Kendoh Sensei, Singer, Actor, Racer, Fashion Designer, Product Endorser, Model and CEO
genre = Cantopop, Alternative Rock, Alternative Hip Hop, Nu Metal, Rapcore, Mandopop, R&B, Pop and Rap
instrument = Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard, Drums, Piano, Cello, Guitar and Violin
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label = Honda
Sony Music Records
Sony BMG Asia
RIDH-T Infinity
yearsactive = Present
currentmembers = Decent Syndicate "The Gangtroops"
pastmembers = Firefly
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parents = ("Father") Manuel Sanjie Hahn Torda Jr.
("Mother") Dra. Mutso Genji Fujiwara
influences = Kawaii Shounen
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website = [http://torda.balder.prohosting.com/ Fanbase Site]
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awards = 2001 - V-NESS Screen Award
2002 - SBS Popularity Award
2003 - MBC Best New Actor Award
2003 - Model Line "Popularity Award" at the "Best Dressers Awards"
2004 - SBS Acting Skill Awards - New Star

Ryan Torda he is known by a variety of names. In Asia and the US, he is known by the Simplified word Ryan Torda. In Korea he is known as Mikayco Gillian. In Japan, he is known as Liang-Jie Vorgs Jin (But he used this name Traditional). and his subsequent career as a successful solo artist. Besides Japanese, he has performed in English, French, Korean, Cantonese, and Mandarin.


Ryan Torda is a Japanese "actor", "singer", "idol", founder of "Roma Felar's Foundation". and the CEO of Axis Global Tech.
He is best known as the rapper, keyboardist, backing vocalist and rhythm guitarist of Firefly, and his side band, Decent Syndicate.

A scout approached Ryan when he was clubbing with friends in a club in Hong Kong, and asked Ryan to film a commercial.From there on, he was introduced into the Hong Kong entertainment circle where he gained immense popularity for his attractive appearance.He has starred in many films including Deadly Fighter 1& 2 (which later was remade into the Hollywood hit "The Departed"), The Vamp, Initial R Syndicate, and GTR "Great Teacher Ryan". Determined on expanding his horizons beyond Hong Kong, he also starred as the male lead in the Korean drama "6 Diary."Ryan has released many Cantonese albums, and is currently working on a mandarin album in which some songs are produced by American rapper Kanye West.Ryan has been rumored with many girls such as Nana Kitade a pop rock star singer, Bobo Chan, 2R's Roseanne, Maggie Q, Stephy Tang etc.Since the summer, he has mentioned a girl named "jam miles" on his personal blog many times.He only recently admitted to dating Yuki Hayami, niece of EEG CEO Albert Yeung, after the premiere of his Movie debut, Initial R Syndicate.

Early Life

Ryan was born in Arita, Tokyo Japan. He was a student at R.C. Palmer Secondary School in Richmond, British Columbia in Canada and also attended High School in Hong Kong International School. However he didn't finish his high school year; flunking out after the completion of grade 11. Ryan spent much of his life living in Singapore and stayed in Miami, Florida, which contributes to his fluency in the English language.

His first exposure to music came during his middle and high school years. After that, he began taking violin lessons, studying classical pianist techniques, and later moved on to pop and hip hop. It was during this period that he added the guitar and, eventually, rap-style vocals to his repertoire.

Personal Life

As of 2004, he has announced publicly to dating Yuki Hayami for four years, niece of EEG founder, Albert Yeung. He always expresses his love to Yuki on his blog these days.

In May, 2004, two male teenagers assaulted Ryan in Central District of Hong Kong. The two teenagers mocked Ryan by with dance moves outside a record store.Immediately following the dance taunt, both of the teenagers punched Ryan Torda. Upon doing so the two teenagers fled the scene, and Ryan gave chase. Ryan eventually caught up to the two individuals as they were trying to board a bus. They were turned over to Hong Kong Police. As a result of the incident, Ryan reported that he sprained his ankle and that his cheekbone and ear were also injured. Ryan declined to press charges and the two individuals were released.

In 2005 he was interviewed by Ike Barinholtz & Bobby Lee of MADtv at the 2005 Billboard Music Awards which was later aired on the series. In an interview, he has revealed that his father was also a racer, when talking about his song "Leader of Men" from "Roma Felar's" album. This makes Ryan a third generation Japanese Filipino.

Public Appearances

Television Dramas

2001 - SBS «Puppy Love School»
2002 - Feel 100%
2002 - Glass Slippers
2003 - My Tough Lady
2003 - The Country of Wine
2003 - 1% of Anything
2004 - KBS «Speechless Love»
2005 - SBS «6 Diary Series»
2005 - Please! Teacher, Marry Me?
2006 - SBS «Serious Life»
2008 - KBS «Prince Of Dawn Empire» [South Korean TV series created by RIDH-T Production that aired on KBS, Historical / Fantasy Drama]
2009 - MBC «Groom meet his Bride»

New T.V. Shows

2008 - The RT Gag Show!

Other Appearances

2001 - KBS «Mina»
2001 - Red Shadow
2001 - Vampire Hunter D - Bloodlust
2002 - Godzilla Against MeshaGodzilla
2002 - Weakest Link (OUT)
2003 - Golden Chicken 2
2003 - My Sassy Boyfriend
2003 - Samurai Resurrection
2003 - The King's Woman
2003 - The Suicide Manual 2
2004 - Quill
2004 - The Doll Master
2004 - Infection
2004 - Premonition
2005 - SBS «Bad Housewife»
2005 -
2005 - Kung Fu Mahjong
2005 - Linda Linda Linda
2005 - SBS «Marry A Millionaire»
2005 - Miami Ink (Black Dragon Tattoo)
2005 - One Missed Call 2
2005 - Tales of Terror 1
2005 - Sweet Spy
2005 - Soñar no Cuesta Nada
2005 - Reincarnation
2006 - 90 Days, Time to Love
2006 - Ghost Train
2006 - Las dos Caras de Ana
2006 - Love Undercover 3
2006 - Memories of Matsuko
2006 - My Beautiful Jinjiimaa
2006 - My Mother Is A Belly Dancer
2006 - MTV's Jackass
2006 - SBS «Smile Again»
2007 - Ang Sabi Ni Nanay (Got a Date)
2007 - Bubble Gang
2007 - Cane
2007 - Death Water
2007 - Department 1303
2007 - SBS «Good Sunday;Haja-go!»
2007 - House of Mahjong
2007 - SBS «Late Night Talk Show»
2007 - Mission Possible - Kidnapping Granny K
2007 - SBS «Money's Warefare»
2007 - Music Station (Sang Always Ryan)
2007 - My DNA Says I Love You
2007 - My Love
2007 - Pecados Ajenos
2007 - Simply Actors
2007 - Sukiyaki Western Django
2007 - The Warlords
2007 - (Celebrity Edition - Final Viking)
2008 - SBS «Decision! Taste vs Taste»
2008 - GAINAX's Evangelion Live
2008 - L: Change The World
2008 - Lost In Beijing
2008 - See You in You Tube
2008 - The Good Night Show with Jojo A. (Special Guest)
2009 - Friday the 13th
2009 - Terminator Salvation
2010 - Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell The Movie
2011 - Spider-man 4

Radio DJ

2002 - Ryan Torda Crazy Days (FM Cocolo) "Japan, Osaka"
2003 - Torda in the house Air Midnight (SBS Love FM) "South, Korea"
2005 - Thord's in Nagoya, Aichi (Tokai Radio) "Japan, Nagoya, Aichi "
2008 - Dynamic Duo w/ Ryan & Josh (SPH UnionWorks) "Singapore"

Music Life

His paternal grandfather, Manuel S. Torda Sr., husband of Queen Lara Joice Genji, was a Baptist minister, and Ryan was raised in the Baptist religion, although he considers himself more "spiritual than religious", though still a Christian. His parents had separated, his mother, who now runs a fashion boutique called Luis Vuitton in singapore. Ryan grew up in Miami Florida with his father. His first attempts at a singing career saw him singing hiphop music songs on Star Search.

In year 1999, Ryan was recruited to be in a new male singing hiphop star in japan, But despite on his motocross career. Ryan decide to grab the opportunity and he was performed in asian country like: "japan, south korea, singapore, thailand, malaysia and china".

Ryan landed a record deal with "Sony Music Records" and "Sony BMG Asia". It took him a number of album releases before he got the chance to produce a hip hop album. His first hip-hop release was in February 2000, "Feels Like Alone". Several singles from the album topped local pop charts. Ryan has mentioned the difficulty of fitting the material in Hong Kong where it has been dominated by cantopop, but said the potential of hip hop is great.

Musical Style

Ryan's compositions are loosely categorized as hiphop music. While many of his works fall into contemporary R&B, rap, and rock genres, the term "RIDH Style" (traditional Ryan In Da Hauz) has been popularized to describe his trademark cross-cultural music and his insistence on singing with relaxed enunciation. Japan's favorite son blends pop, rap, blues and a smorgasbord of esthetic elements of world music to create his dream-like never-never land…"He regularly fuses traditional Chinese instruments and styles with R&B or rock to form a new genre called "Zhongguo feng", some of which are written in the Pentatonic Scale as opposed to the normal seven-note scale (Diatonic Scale) to accentuate an oriental style. Besides his own culture, he also incorporated American techno/electronica in "Herbalist's Manual", rap with subtle classical music undertones in "Reverse Scales", and Bossanova style in "Rosemary", to name a few. Sound effects from everyday life are frequently weaved into his music, such as bouncing ping pong balls, touch tone phone dialing, helicopter blades, dripping rain, and radio static noise. His formal musical training is evident by the use of classical textures in his compositions.
Ryan's albums have been noted for the lack of change compared to his earlier works, yet he firmly stated that he will not alter his style: "They say I've been standing still … but this is the music I want, and I don't see what I want by moving ahead." To demonstrate his point, he named his first album Feels Like Alone after he left his band "Firefly". His use of relaxed enunciation has been criticized as "mumbling" which he also insisted will not change; however, recently he has adopted clearer pronunciation for certain songs.


Strictly speaking, Ryan is more often a singer-composer than a lyricist. Several "regulars" write the lyrics for most of his music, but the content and style is unified with his own personality and image, covering a diverse range of topics and ideas. Jordan Lee accounts for more than half of the lyrics in his albums, helping to establish an important element in Ryan's music: the use of meaningful, imagery- and emotionally-rich lyrics, sometimes written in the form of ancient Japanese poetry with reference to Japanese history or folklore. In addition to writing romantic hits, he also broaches on war, the Bible, sports, and martial arts. Nana Kitade is a singer herself and has helped with Ryan's earlier hits, while Brian Arthur is noted for his work surrounding unusual themes (such as a detective story and chess game).Ryan himself has written lyrics for many love ballads, but has also discussed societal ills such as drug addiction in "Unwritten Law" and loss of the rural countryside to urbanization in "Leader Of Men". Domestic violence discussed in "Father Im Back" received a great deal of commotion since he was the first to bring up this taboo subject in Chinese music, which helped solidify his status as a pioneer and a unique pop singer capable of approaching serious issues. In the songs "Great Reverse" and "Listen To My Mother", he voiced his high regard for family values. He addressed personal issues about his failure to enter university in "Split in Time", his resentment towards the paparazzi in "Besieged Me From All Sides".


Ryan began as a songwriter for other singers and continued this area of work even after he debuted his own career in singing. He has also written for singers outside of his generation—over one dozen songs for his mentor Jacky Wu, later also for Taiwanese singer Jody Chiang, and Hong Kong singers Jacky Cheung, Andy Lau, Lui Fong & Kenny Bee. He initiated the band The Gangtroops in 2006, selecting band members and overseeing their album production. The group has been noted for sounding too similar to their mentor; as a result, Ryan has reduced his involvement in the band, but continues to help increase their exposure to mass audiences by inviting them as guests performers for his own concerts and music videos. He has performed live duets with Landy Wen, Jolin Tsai, and former model girlfriend Atty Hou, but only two studio recordings have been formally placed in his own albums. Besides working with singers, Ryan's longest-running collaboration is with lyricist Jordan Lee, as they both started their careers in the music field in 2001. The compilation album Partners featured 12 songs, each consisting of Ryan's musical and Jordan's lyrical compositions. Jordan has written the words to than more 40 of Ryan's songs.


In contrast to the United States where a negative connotation is placed on celebrities who endorse commercial products ("selling out"), in Asia, acquiring endorsement contracts with major brands are positive testaments of star-status. Ryan has been a spokesperson for popular brands such as Pepsi (2002), Sony (2001–2005), Motorola (since 2006), M-Zone/China Mobile (since 2003), Levi's (2004–2005), Dickies (2003), and Metersbonwe (casual wear, in 2003) and Colgate (2005), science and nature magazine National Geographic (2005). To maximize the celebrity branding effect, advertisements are nearly always linked to his music and TV commercials are occasionally directed by him.


Despite living under continual media scrutiny, Ryan's public image has changed little over the years as he emphasizes individuality as his "personal philosophy". In his music, this is also evident as he fuses Japanese and Western styles and explores topics unconventional for a hiphop singer, which have been described as "authentic" and "revolutionary." The media describes a hard-working perfectionist with clear self-direction who is occasionally regarded as competitive and a "control freak". His nickname "Ryan In Da Hauz" is used by both the press and fans to underscore his domineering personality and impact on Asian music, but also points at his musical talent. His neologism "diao", which literally means penis, is slang for "outrageous" or "cool". Outside of music, Ryan is reported as shy, quiet, modest, and views filial piety as "the most important thing". In-line with his aim to present a positive image. Government officials and educators in Asia have awarded him for his exemplary behaviour, designated him a spokesperson in the youth-empowerment project "Young Voice" in 2005 and an anti-depression campaign in 2007, His lyrics for two songs has been incorporated into the school syllabus to inspire motivational and filial attitudes.


It is difficult to estimate the size and global spread of Ryan's fanbase. The Chinese-speaking population of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China make up the majority of his fans. Despite rampant piracy issues in this region, particularly in China, every album Ryan has released so far has surpassed 2 million sales. According to Baidu, the most popular internet search engine in China, Ryan is the number one searched male artist in 2003, and 06. In Hong Kong, he has been the best-selling Mandarin artist for the past years. According to a 2004 survey in five Chinese urban centers for children ages 9 to 14, 1 in 6 named Ryan as their favorite idol; he was also reported as the favorite singer of youths aged 8 to 25 in a study conducted in seven Asian countries (2006). He has a solid fanbase throughout Southeast Asia, including Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam. In Singapore, Ryan was the second most searched celebrity behind Britney Spears in the "Music" category.

Currently, Ryan remains largely unknown outside of Asia, except in cities with large Chinese immigrant populations such as Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Sydney, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. His intention to increase his prominence in the Western world beyond Chinese audiences is clear. In 2006, Ryan composed and sang the theme song for Initial R Syndicate, a movie released in major theatres in most English-speaking countries, though the impact to his fame has been minimal. His role in Deadly Fighter (limited release) marks his acting debut in China, Taiwan and Japan. Despite having a supporting but important role in the story's plot, the North American version of the official posters only featured a view of his back, greatly contrasting the Asian versions where his face and name were clear and placed between the leading actor and actress. Although Ryan is still far from being well-known to English audiences, this movie has brought him international exposure.

The Albums

Feels Like Alone
Roma Felar's
Forbidden Game
Beyond Wonderland
Initial R Syndicate Movie Soundtrack
Under Construction
Rated R
Dreams Of Love
Ryan Torda's Greatest Hits
Ryan Torda Presents Live in korea
The Last Rider (Latest) ["Released Date : 2008 / 10 / 30"]

The Band Albums

Firefly - Fly Away
Decent Syndicate - Shattered Dreams, Battle At The Banks & Life Track

The Band

Ryan was a member of Firefly, and was considered as an asian band idol. The group formed in 1999 and started their career in 2000 in Japan and hit it big in the States two years later in 2001, eventually releasing the fastest-selling album of all time. In 2002, after the completion of their Celebrity Tour and release of "Side Blind", the first single, the group decided to take time off, at which point Ryan began work on his first solo album "Feels Like Alone".

From the onset, Ryan was closely involved in the technical aspects of the band's recordings, and over the subsequent releases that role continued to expand. Ryan, with guitarist Jordan Lee. Ryan decide to left his band and go on solo, later he form a new group called The Gangtroops and later it become the Decent Syndicate.

"Decent Syndicate [ "Decent Syndicate " [http://profiles.friendster.com/decentsyndicate Friendster Profile] ] "The Gangtroops""
Ryan formed a side project named "The Gangtroops" because he couldn't demonstrate as much of his hip-hop background in Firefly. After the released of first album "Shattered Dreams", the band decide to change their band name on their second album "Battle At The Banks". He explained the name of his project in an interview:

“ 'Decent' represents the more aggressive side of the music. 'Syndicate' can mean a few things: if you're talking about music theory, the minor key is darker. I wanted to name the album rather than having my name on the cover, because I want people to focus on the music, not me.”

The debut album from The Gangtroops, titled Shattered Dreams, was released on February 22, 2006. He also scored a Top 10 smash with the surprise hit single "Song for kawaii boys", which peaked at #4 on Billboard Hot 100 chart in singapore. After the release of the album, Ryan also contributed to the Soundclick Online Music in the website. Decent Syndicate won an MTV VMA for "Best Band" in 2007, and was featured in the following films. Ryan has also continued his musical style in an executive producer.

Movie career

Ryan formally entered the film industry in 1999 with the release of the movie The Clown. He has since acted in three other movies, directed one film and more than a dozen music videos. Ryan, who once said "I live because of music", ventured into movies because he felt the need for a new challenge. As fans have grown concerned that movies will compromise his music career, Ryan has repeatedly reassured that movies are a source of inspiration and not a distraction; at the same time, he realizes the need to balance both careers and maintain his place in the music field to garner the continued support of fans.

Acting History

Entry into acting was an unexpected move for Ryan. His high school English teacher thought he was capable of very few facial expressions, and the director of The Terrorist (2000, a movie in which Ryan had a terrorist role) said that his strong individualistic personality will not make him a good actor. Ryan’s first role as the lead actor in "Puppy Love School" served two purposes: to launch his acting debut, and to increase his exposure to Korean audiences. Some reviewers criticized his bland acting while others felt he performed naturally, but only because the character’s personality closely mirrored his own. His performance in Puppy Love School won him Best Newcomer Actor in Golden Horse Awards and Hong Kong Film Awards. As a supporting character, he drew much of the attention from the Chinese reporters; Ryan’s involvement in this drama was announced in its own press conference, separate from the meeting held for Chow Yun-Fat, Gong Li, and the other actors. According to Korean movie critics, comments about his acting ranged from "lacks complexity" to "acceptable," but was critically praised by Western reviewers.


2001 - V-NESS Screen Award
2002 - SBS Popularity Award
2003 - MBC Best New Actor Award
2003 - Model Line "Popularity Award" at the "Best Dressers Awards"
2004 - SBS Acting Skill Awards - New Star

"Past Movies"

Great Teacher Ryan [The Movie version was premiere at Thailand in May 4, 2008 ]
Initial R Syndicate
MS Cyber Gundam
The Terrorist
Deadly Fighter
Deadly Fighter 2 Rebirth
How Deep Is Your Love
The Legend of Seven Cutter
The Neighbor No. Thirteen Director's Cut
I Regret
Initial D ver.2
Neutral Flee
Pain of Confession
The Vamp
Room #13 Hell Strikes [The Movie were successfully premiered at Thailand, New Zealand, Singapore, Hongkong, Africa, Australia, Taiwan, Indonesia and South Korea]
Kamen Rider's Dragon Rider Theatrical Version
6 Diary
The Clown

"Coming Soon Movies"

Fame: Ryan Torda Story
Code name: Kira [Premiere on October 10, 2009]
Killer Magila
Diversion Tactics
Boyz In Da Hood
Intial R Revenge Tokyo Underground [Premieres on December 19, 2008]
Initial R Rivals Grip Showdown
Cy-Vorgs 001
Shadow of Regiment: The Movie
The Vamp 2: Vampires Night The Last Battle [Premieres on January 2009]
Blacklist Criminals: The Movie
Psychedelic Cop 2
Eyeshield 21
Battle Realms Live
Deadly Fighter 3: The Final Blow
Confidential R
Once Upon A Gangster
The Neighbor No. 13: Room Of Death
Neutral Flee 2nd Encounter
Power Ranger Zeo The Movie
Quantum Zone Love
1 Message Received
My Wife is Assassin
The Wet Closet
N. E. A. R.
The Millionaire's Club [Featuring the whole members of Decent Syndicate Band]
Kamen Rider Black: The New Black Sun

Motocross Life

"Riding Number": 22
"Began Riding": 1990, age 4, start practicing on BMX Bike
"First Race": 1996, age 10
"Went Pro": 1996
"Training": Weights, cardio workouts
"Current Race Bike(s)": Honda CRF450R
"Race Technician(s)": Lars Lindstrom

MX Life Career

After two 125 West Region Supercross championships in 1997,and 1998 for Team Pro Circuit Peak/Honda, he became the first rider to win the 250cc Supercross Championship as a rookie in 1996. He won 4 Supercross Championships in a row with Team Honda before moving to Team Suzuki for the 1997 season. Many in the industry were shocked that Ryan had left the most powerful team in motocross but the two parties were unable to come to terms with one another when negotiating a contract. Ryan was also reportedly annoyed with the restrictive nature of his relationship with Honda. Ryan had produced the most amazing supercross record to date, winning 14 out of 15 250cc Main Events in 1998. He effectively moved from the strongest team in motocross to one of the weakest. And even mere event victories were few and far between for the beleaguered squad.

Ryan had a very unlucky year in 1999 as several uncharacteristic crashes and mechanical gremlins with his RM250 left him just a few points short of winning the Supercross title for the two consecutive year. That crown went to Ryan's longtime nemesis, Jeff Emig of Team Kawasaki.

He switched to Chaparral Yamaha for 1999 and regained the Supercross championship in convincing fashion. During that summer's outdoor national season, Ryan withdrew from the series as the points leader due to a broken wrist. It would be the last time he would contest a full outdoor season, because for 1999 Ryan signed a "Supercross only" contract. He won the titles for Chaparral Yamaha again in 1999 and 2000. During these championship runs Ryan seemed to put his total Supercross win record at an almost untouchable level.

Ryan started off the 2001 season in typically strong form, winning 2 of the first 3 main events. However, he lost the next event to Team Kawasaki's Ricky Carmichael. Carmichael would then win every race from there on out, dethroning Ryan as Supercross champion and equalling his 1996 win record of 13 consecutive main event victories. Ryan returned in 2002 to take a shot at regaining his crown, but chronic arm pump and perhaps age caught up with him, and he could only muster a 3rd place in the final standings behind Carmichael and Yamaha's David Vuillemin.

For 2003 he signed with Team KTM but a pre-season crash on the much maligned KTM 250SX made him rethink his future in racing.

In 2005, Ryan came out to race a limited schedule on the Supercross circuit. He rejoined forces with his former Team Honda squad and has recently proven to be at a competitive level and speed that has not been seen from Ryan since the 2000 or 2001 seasons. He has placed regularly in the top 5 positions. The same year Ryan also raced Supermoto in the X-Games and placed 2nd to take home the silver medal. Ryan switched motorcycles from his trademark Honda CR250R 2-stroke to a Honda CRF450R 4-stroke at Round 3 of the 2006 Supercross season. In keeping with his partial schedule, Ryan withdrew from the series after Round Six, after earning multiple top 5 finishes, and running as high as fourth in the point standings. Ryan competed in the 2006 Summer X-Games, earning a 2nd in Step-Up and 7th in Supermoto. He announced plans for the Ryan Invitational, an off-season supercross race with an innovative track and huge purse. Ryan announced that the 2006 Invitational will be the final professional Supercross race of his career. Ryan was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2003. In April 2007, he announced he had signed a driver development contract with the NASCAR team JR Motorsports, owned by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with Monster Energy Drink sponsoring.

Ryan has occasionally raced in Championship Off-Road Racing off-road races in recent years. He has finished in the Top 10 in several PRO-2 races.

Career Highlights

Total Individual Career Championship Titles: 12

* 250cc Supercross Championships: 7 (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003)

* 125cc Western Region SX Championships: 2 (1997 and 1998)

* 250cc Outdoor MX Championship: 1 (1999)

* FIM World Championships: 2

* Individual Motocross des Nations win: 1

Total Team Career Championship Titles: 2

* Motocross des Nations Championships: 2 (1999 and 2000)

Total Overall Career Wins: 103

* 250cc Supercross wins: 74

* 125cc Western Region SX wins: 13

* UltraCross wins: 5

Other AMA Sanctioned Regional race wins: 10

Other Records

1996 - Junior League Motocross Circuit Division Championship - “"Rhodesia"”
1997 - British Juniors League Riders Championship - “"United Kingdom"”
1998 - Old School Mountain Hillside Freestyle BMX - “"Miami Florida"”
2000 - Moto X Freestyle Championship - “"Tokyo, Japan"”
2000 - Speedway Individual World Championship - “"Australia"”
2001 - Motocross Freestyle Winter Expression - “"Italy"”
2001 - 500cc World Road Racing Championship - “"United Kingdom"”
2002 - ESPN Winter X Games in Moto X Best Trick Finals - “"Aspen Colorado"”
2003 - Amateur ATV Freestyle Seasonal Event Championship - “"New York"”
2004 - MotoGrandprix Champion - “"Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania"”
2004 - Akita Drag Racer Champion - “"Tokyo, Japan"”
2005 - 33rd Annual Thor Winter National Olympics - "Gainesville, Florida"
2005 - Moto X Winter X Ten - "Aspen Colorado"
2006 - 1st Place Junior 74lbs Matrix Wrestling "MAWA Salisbury East District"
2006 - 1st Place Freestyle Event - “"Tokyo, Japan"”
2006 - 2nd Rank Moto X Freestyle Event - “"Tokyo, Japan"”
2007 - World Champion Modena Fiere - “"Italy"”
2007 - 250cc MotoGranprix Seasonal Event - “"Florida"”
2008 - 250cc MotoGranprix Winter Event - “"Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania"”
2008 - ESPN Open Moto X Freestyle Championship - “"Fort Lauderdale, Florida"”


1st AMA Supercross Series
1st AMA 125 West Region Supercross Series
3rd AMA 125 National Motocross Series
1st AMA 250 Supercross Series
1st AMA 250 National Motocross Series

2nd AMA 250 Supercross Series
3rd AMA 250 National Motocross Series

1st AMA 250 Supercross Series
14th AMA 250 National Motocross Series

9th AMA Amateur National Championships
1st AMA 250 Supercross Series
21st AMA 250 National Motocross Series

1st AMA 250 Supercross Series
23rd AMA 250 National Motocross Series

2nd AMA 250 Supercross Series

12th AMA 125 West Region Supercross Series
3rd AMA 250 Supercross Series

AMA Horizon's Award
1st AMA 125 East/West Supercross Shoot Out
3rd AMA 125 West Supercross Series
11th AMA 125 National Motocross Series
30th AMA 250 Supercross Series

27th AMA/Chevy Trucks National Motocross Series (rode 2 of 12 rounds)
3rd U.S. Open 125 Supercross
7th AMA 125 West Supercross Series
8th AMA 125 National Motocross Series
9th AMA 125 East Supercross Series
17th AMA 250 Supercross Series

1st AMA 125 East/West Supercross Shootout
2nd AMA 125 National Motocross Series
3rd AMA 125 East Supercross Series
3rd AMA 125 West Supercross Series
22nd AMA 250 Supercross Series

1st AMA East Supercross Lites Series
1st AMA East/West Supercross Lites Shootout
2nd AMA West Supercross Lites Series
3rd AMA Motocross Series
4th AMA Motocross Lites Series


"Current Team": Repsol Honda Team
"Bike Number": 26 & 46
"Began Riding": 1999
"Went Pro": 2001
"World Championships": 2 (2006 & 2007)
"Race Starts": 89
"Race Wins": 4
"Podium Finishes": 25
"Pole Positions": 6
"Fastest Laps": 5
"Championship Points": 856
"2007 Championship Position": 8th (127 pts)

Ryan Torda also known as The Red Dragon Kid, is an Japanese Filipino professional motogp racer and 2007 MotoGP World Champion.

MotoGP Life Biography

Beginnings and AMA Championship
In 2001, his first full season as an AMA superbike racer, he came within 40 points of winning the championship, behind champion Mat Mladin and runner-up Eric Bostrom. The 2002 season, however, would see Ryan answering the bell: he won the Daytona 200 on a Honda Superbike en route to becoming the youngest ever AMA Superbike Champion, defeating reigning treble champion Mat Mladin, among others. He also entered the World Superbike round at Laguna Seca, but collided with Noriyuki Haga in race 2.

Grand National Championship

Ryan is last of a long line of American road racers to come from the American dirt-track scene. In 2002, Ryan won his first Grand National Championship race (Hagerstown Half Mile) and took Rookie of the Year honors. He was also declared the AMA's athlete of the Year. In 2003, Ryan Torda won the Springfield Short Track. In 2004, despite racing in just a handful of dirt-track events, Ryan was able to win four races: Springfield Short Track (twice), Springfield TT Steeplechase, and Peoria TT Steeplechase. At the Springfield TT race. The win at the 2004 Peoria TT is nothing short of legendary, as he broke Chris Carr's string of thirteen consecutive wins at the venue, depite starting from the penalty line. Ryan only lacks a win at a mile track to join Dick Mann, Kenny Roberts Sr., Bubba Shobert, and Doug Chandler in the prestigious "Grand Slam Club."


Immediately after winning his AMA Superbike championship, Ryan was tapped to join not only Honda's MotoGP racing efforts, but what was arguably the premier team in MotoGP racing- Repsol Honda. Ryan also became teammate to the defending series champion Valentino Rossi, who many believe to be the greatest motorcycle racer ever. Ryan was seemingly unfazed, and in his first year of MotoGP racing (2003), Ryan finished fifth in the championship points standings while riding Honda's RC211V, an achievement that won him the Rookie-of-the-Year award. In 2005, Ryan finished third in the MotoGP championship points standings behind Marco Melandri and series winner Valentino Rossi.

World Championship season

For 2006, Ryan Torda was charged with spearheading Repsol Honda's championship aspirations, and was the only rider to be handed the full 2006 Honda bike during preseason testing. Ryan Torda led the championship from the third race and looked set to break the championship-winning streak, which had dated back to 2001. Capturing the championship was not without peril: in the second to last round at Estoril in Portugal, Ryan missed the braking point while following his teammate. The resulting lowside accident took out both bikes, with Dani claiming second place in that race, finishing 0.002 seconds behind Toni Elias. This left Ryan eight points behind Rossi in the championship with one race left to go. In the last race of the season on October 29, 2006, the unexpected happened when Rossi fell off his motorcycle on lap 5 trying to make up for a poor start. Ryan, who was challenging for the race lead at the time, was informed of Rossi's mistake and backed off his lap times by nearly a second, winning the championship by finishing a safe 3rd behind race winner Troy Bayliss and Loris Capirossi. He thus won the 2006 championship, beating Rossi 252 points to 247.

On September 22, 2006, Ryan signed a two-year agreement that would allow him to race for and develop with the factory Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) team for the 2007 and 2008 MotoGP seasons. He has already begun testing the new 800 cc Honda RC212V. His MotoGP racing number changes from 69 to 1 for the 2007 season.

2007 started badly for him, with the team struggling with performance, and his team-mate having the better of the Honda performance. A crash at Le Mans dropped him to 11th in the standings at this stage. However, during testing before Donington, he requested that most of the electronics be switched off and his times improved dramatically. His subsequent performance in a wet Donington and a dry Assen showed a powerful return to form, seriously challenging for first and executing stunning passing manoeuvres around the outside with his trademark controlled sliding and tail-out non-standard lines.


Ryan Torda lists Bubba Shobert, Will Davis, and Lance Armstrong as his personal heroes.His traditional racing number, 26 & 46, was the same number his father used. His father jokes that the number was selected because it could still be read when he frequently ended up upside down in the weeds.

Racing History

Team(s): Repsol Honda, HRC
Motorcycle(s): Honda RC211V, Honda RC212V
First MotoGP Race: April 6, 2003 - Suzuka - Seventh Place
First MotoGP Podium: October 5, 2003 - Motegi - Third Place
First MotoGP Win: July 10, 2005 - Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Number of MotoGP Wins: 3
Number of MotoGP Podiums: 20
Highest Championship Position: First (2006)

"AMA Superbike"
Team(s): American Honda, HRC
Motorcycle(s): Honda RC51, Honda RC45
First Superbike Race: April 18, 1999 - Willow Springs International Raceway - Twelfth Place
First Superbike Win: June 11, 2001 - Road America
First Superbike Podium: September 19, 1999 - Pikes Peak International Raceway - Third Place
Number of Superbike Wins: 17
Number of Superbike Podiums: 30
Highest Championship Position: First (2002)

"AMA 600 Supersport"
Team(s): American Honda, Erion Honda, HyperCycle Suzuki
Motorcycle(s): Honda CBR600F3, Honda CBR600F4, Suzuki GSX-R600
First 600 Supersport Win: April 26, 1998 - Willow Springs International Raceway
Number of 600 Supersport Wins: 6
Highest Championship Position: First (2001)

"AMA 750 Superstock"
Team(s): HyperCycle Suzuki
Motorcycle(s): Suzuki GSX-R750
First 750 Supersport Win: April 19, 2003 - Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Number of 750 Supersport Wins: 5
Highest Championship Position: Fourth (2003)

"AMA Formula Extreme"
Team(s): Erion Honda
Motorcycle(s): Honda CBR900RR
First Formula Extreme Win: April 17, 2006 - Willow Springs International Raceway
Number of Formula Extreme Wins: 7
Highest Championship Position: Second (2006)


External links

* [http://torda.balder.prohosting.com/ Ryan Torda's Official Website]
* [http://profiles.friendster.com/ryantorda/ Ryan Torda's Official Friendster Profile]
* [http://profiles.friendster.com/decentsyndicate/ Ryan Torda's Official Friendster Band Profile]
* [http://www.myspace.com/ryanindahauztorda/ Ryan Torda's Official Myspace Music Profile]
* [http://my.opera.com/vorgs/ Ryan Torda's Official Blog]
* [http://ryantorda.yourfreebb.com/ Ryan Torda's Official Forum]
* [http://ryantorda.multiply.com/ Ryan Torda's Multiply]
* [http://good-times.webshots.com/album/556997788dVbKwo/ Ryan Torda's Official Gallery Site]
* [http://members.soundclick.com/ryan+torda/ Ryan Torda's Official Music Site]
* [http://www23.ownskin.com/home?u=vorgs/ Ryan Torda's Official Mobile Skin Site]

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