Season champ Ryan Villopoto crashes early in Seattle
by Terry Wood [April 23, 2012]
It was not the homecoming Ryan Villopoto was hoping to celebrate.
Villopoto, the 23-year-old reigning Supercross champion who grew up in Poulsbo, hobbled off the track with an apparent leg injury Saturday night after falling on the first lap of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross premier division (450cc) main event at CenturyLink Field.
Villopoto went down in the sixth turn of the opening lap.
Reporters were not permitted to interview Villopoto. Reid Nordin, senior manager of Villopoto's Kawasaki racing team, issued this statement:
"Ryan didn't get such a good start. He was charging through the pack, lost the front end and ended up getting a handlebar to the gut, which knocked the wind out of him. He got a stinger when the footpeg came down on him.
"He's really bummed out and ..... [read more]
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I was down the snow with some mates. We decided to have a race from the top of Perisher Mountain (in Australia) down to the bottom of the quad chair. There was four of us and I was coming third after about a minute, so I decided to take a short cut. I headed into a small gathering of trees. After weaving through those I came to a gap of about 2 metres where the water had dug a trench in the snow. A side wards glance revealed that I was winning the race, so my only option was to try and jump the 2m gap. In the seconds leading up to the jump, I though that I was going to make it, but as my snowboard quickly got wedged into the snow halfway down the gulley my thoughts changed. Going from about 40 km/h to 0 in a second, snapped my left ankle and dislocated my shoulder, not to mention the 7 cm gash on my shin.
I would like to take this moment to thank the Persiher Blue ski patrol. ... by the way I lost the race! .....
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