Newly crowned Monster Energy AMA Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto announced that he will not defend his 2013 AMA Pro Motocross Championship title this year, according to a recent press release from Kawasaki. Villopoto reportedly suffered knee issues throughout the 2014 Supercross season and, after consulting with his medical team, decided to undergo knee surgery. As a result, Villopoto will be forced to sit out the entire 2014 Motocross season, which kicks off on Saturday, May 24th at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, CA.
“This is definitely not the news I wanted to hear from the doctors,” said Villopoto. “We have worked hard to be in position to win championships for Monster Energy Kawasaki and to not be able to race this summer is very disappointing. Going from a really great feeling after winning a fourth-straight Supercross title, to knowing I am going to spend the summer rehabbing a knee injury is devastating.”
Devastating indeed, because Villopoto just capped off a spectacular Supercross season. The Washington native not only captured seven main event wins in 2014, he also joined Supercross phenom Jeremy McGrath as the only other rider ever to win four Supercross titles in a row.
“Obviously this is a big blow for the Monster Energy Kawasaki team,” said Kawasaki Senior Manager of Racing Reid Nordin. “Even with the injury, Ryan has shown he is the top rider in our sport, but we are listening to his medical team to make sure he gets his knee fixed properly and he can compete for championships in 2015.”
With Villopoto sitting on the Motocross sidelines this summer, Monster Energy Kawasaki signed 2013 Canadian Monster Energy Motocross Nationals Champion Brett Metcalfe to campaign the U.S.-based series in his stead. Metcalfe will join Monster Energy Kawasaki teammate Jake Weimer to contest the 2014 Motocross season.Tags: AMA Pro Motocross, Brett Metcalfe, Glen Helen Raceway, Jake Weimer, Jeremy McGrath, Monster Energy, Monster Energy AMA Supercross Champion, Monster Energy Kawasaki, Motorsports, Ryan Villopoto, San Bernardino