Ryan Villopoto Out for Knee Surgery

April 24, 2012
JC Hilderbrand
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Ryan Villopoto put in a dominant performance at Anaheim.
Ryan Villopoto’s run has come to a temporary end as he sits out the 2012 AMA Motocross championship with a knee injury.

Ryan Villopoto’s knee injury at the Seattle Supercross was more serious than the Monster Energy Kawasaki team originally indicated. The 2011-12 Supercross title holder will miss the AMA Motocross Championship while he undergoes knee surgery. The operation is scheduled for this week, but Kawasaki has not announced details about the injury. Villopoto has been on a winning streak ever since returning from an ACL injury in 2010.

“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.”

In the past year and a half, RV racked up two Supercross titles, an outdoor championship, Motocross des Nations victory and claimed the million dollar bonus in the inaugural Monster Energy Cup. Competitors fell into his wake as the only thing that seemingly could stop him was to be derailed by injury. The KX450F rider joins Kevin Windham, Trey Canard, James Stewart and Chad Reed on the high-profile injury list in what has been a destructive SX season.

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