Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto returned to the top step of the podium Saturday night at AT&T Park in San Francisco with his first win of 2010. After dominating his heat race, Villopoto took every advantage at his disposal to earn his third career supercross win.
Villopoto had been looking for a breakout race and San Francisco showed the 21-year-old was ready to battle for the title. After moving into second, Villopoto started to cut the gap to first. When the leader went down, Villopoto was able to take control of the race.
Although the 2009 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season went down as arguably the greatest season in history, the fact of the matter is that it was the undercard for the 2010 season. AMA Supercross icons James Stewart and Chad Reed took their bitter rivalry down to the final laps of the 2009 season to declare a champion. As Stewart walked away with the title, Reed simply went back to work harder than he’s ever worked before, saying he has a lot more racing left in him.
Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Ryan Villopoto underwent successful surgery on his left knee Wednesday morning. Villopoto will miss the remainder of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship.
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"This is the best option for me," said Villopoto. "My knee got to the point where I couldn’t race competitively. It is disappointing that I will have to miss the rest of the season."
Ryan Villopoto started off the 2009 AMA Pro Racing Motocross Championship just as he finished the 2009 supercross season, on the top step of the podium. Villopoto went 1-1 in his motocross 450 class debut making it 26 straight moto wins for the Kawasaki KX450F.
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