After the swelling subsides in his broken right leg, Ryan Villopoto will "likely need additional surgery," according to an official statement from his team, Monster Energy Kawasaki.
The AMA Supercross rider underwent surgery Monday to "set and stabilize" the leg he broke during the one-man crash in Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on Saturday, and is currently recovering in a St. Louis hospital.
"This is heartbreaking for both Ryan and the team," said Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Manager Mike Fisher. "RV was going for the championship and riding really well. It's a shame this happened because Ryan has shown so much resilience this season while trying to attain his first Supercross championship. I know Ryan will do everything he can to get back as soon as possible."
The 22-year-old motorcycle racer, a three-time AMA Motocross Lites 250 Champion and the '07 AMA West Supercross Lites Champion, won seven SX races this year. He was the only one capable of taking the title from the man he battled all year, Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider Ryan Dungey.
After officials announced Villopoto would be out for the rest of the season, Dungey clinched the 2010 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship with three rounds remaining.
Once Villopoto is released from the St. Louis hospital, he'll finish recovering in his hometown of Murrieta, California.