Ryan Villopoto’s Seattle Crash Causes Knee Injury, Forces Surgery, Out For 2012 Season
The 2012 Seattle Supercross proved to be a major turning point for Ryan Villopoto. RV’s two year wining streak came to an abrupt halt in front of his hometown fans. Villopoto had already claimed the 2012 Supercross championship in Houston, the earliest any rider has clinched a Supercross title in 39 years. Unfortunately, as posted in an earlier ChronicMX.com report, RV took an odd first turn spill, in front of his loyal Seattle fans, and suffered a severe knee injury. The packed stadium watched in dismay, as the champion rolled around on the ground grasping his leg.
Team Kawasaki assured everyone that Villopoto had no significant injuries…but the sad news soon emerged that they were mistaken. We reported an Update shortly after the event, that X-Rays and an MRI, possibly revealed a torn ACL or some other possible knee damage. Unfortunately, not only will Villopoto not make the 2012 Salt Lake City Supercross next weekend …he is also out for the entire 2012 Outdoor Motocross season. The two time AMA Supercross champion and defending AMA Outdoor national champ will be sidelined for the rest of the year.
After getting the MRI results, Villopoto realized his injury was much worse than originally thought and shared the bad news…planned surgery and an end to his 2012 racing schedule. RV’s knee surgery was today, April 26th, and RV seems to be ok. The surgery is a fairly routine procedure, and there have been no reports of any major complications. As expected, RV fans are very disappointed. The entire motocross community seems to now be focused on something else…the one big question: Is this the motivation that James Stewart needed to ride the outdoors?
RV get well soon! Stay tuned for updates via: http://www.facebook.com/ChronicMotoX . Cheers Rocket 88.