The talk immediately after Saturday’s Seattle Supercross indicated Ryan Villopoto suffered minor injuries (including a handlebar to the gut) during the first lap of the main event. A press release received by MD today, however, states Villopoto will miss the remainder of this year, including outdoor racing, as a result of a knee injury that will require surgery. The press release (below) does not specify the nature of the injury, but given the amount of time Villopoto will be recovering, it appears likely it involves ligament damage. Villapoto is the most dominant Supercross and motocross rider on the planet at this point, and is the defending champion in the AMA National Motocross series. Here is the press release.
Irvine, Calif., (April 24, 2012) — Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto will not defend his AMA Motocross title in 2012 after injuring his knee at the Seattle supercross on Saturday night. The two-time AMA Supercross and defending AMA Motocross champion will undergo surgery on his knee this week.
“I’m pretty disappointed right now,” said Villopoto. “I have trained hard for this season and even though I won the supercross title, I really wanted to defend my outdoor championship. I’ve been through injury before and I know how hard I have to work to get back.”
Villopoto is coming off of a dominant 16 months where the Poulsbo, Wash. native earned two AMA Supercross titles on the strength of 15 wins, the AMA Motocross Championship with three wins and also the richest payday in supercross with a million dollar win at the Monster Energy Cup.