Villopoto Out for Motocross
Villopoto may have the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross title in the bag, it may have come with a pretty steep price. During the main Supercross race in Seattle last weekend, Villopoto went down early in the first lap and fans watched as the rider struggle to limp off of the track (for more info read "Monster Energy Supercross - Race 15, Seattle"). While the rider later tweeted to his followers saying, "I'm ok just tweaked my leg. So we will see how this week goes and keep all of you updated." It appears that it wasn't just a small tweak after all and that Villopoto will be forced to undergo surgery on his knee later this week.
Though Villopoto is now the two-time AMA Supercross and defending AMA Motocross champion, his winning streak will be forced to an end. Because of the surgery and recovery time, the champion will no longer be racing in the final Supercross rounds nor will he be able to return to defend his title on the motocross track.
"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."
This season has been one of the highest ranking injury seasons to hit Supercross in years with all of the top riders coming away bruised and battered. Chad Reed was the first to pull out of the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series after an injury early on while Ryan Dungey suffered from a broken collar bone and has only just returned during the Seattle race. James Stewart also joined the line-up of benched riders when he injured his hand at the Indianapolis race and was replaced by rookie rider Gavin Faith for Seattle as well as the upcoming Salt Lake City race (read " Out with Stewart and in with Faith"). There is still no word on whether or not Stewart will return for the season finale in Las Vegas next month.