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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