Ryan Villopoto out for motocross season – knee injury

Ryan Villopoto out for motocross season – knee injury

Today in the first 450 Motocross race at the AMA National Motocross in Sacramento, Ryan Villopoto had a poor first moto, finishing 16th, including a couple of falls.

Then came this press release from Kawasaki stating that Ryan would not race the second moto today:

Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Ryan Villopoto will not race the second moto at Hangtown. While riding this week in preparation for the event, Villopoto injured his knee. After riding the first moto, he and the team have decided not to start the second.

“We know Ryan is a tough competitor,” said Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Manager Mike Fisher. “He has been riding great and it is a shame he can’t be out there on the track. We will continue to evaluate his condition heading into the next event.”

Next came word directly from Ryan – the knee will require surgery on both the ACL and meniscus, and Ryan should be out of action until Supercross 2010.

If you’d like to post a message for Ryan, you can do so here on his Rider Profile

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MX ADVENTURES: Tech-Talk with Mark Valcore – Ryan Dungey’s Race Tech

MX ADVENTURES: Tech-Talk with Mark Valcore – Ryan Dungey’s Race Tech

Three key racing elements: 1. A great bike. 2. A solid team. 3. A top-notch mechanic.

Those are a big part of what’s needed to ensure your job as a professional supercross/motocross racer goes smoothly. In my opinon, Ryan Dungey is well aligned with all three. I recently spoke with Ryan’s mechanic, Mark Valcore, where we discussed schedules, race day duties and more, read on!

Angela: Congrats Mark, what a great day for you and Ryan, can you give us a recap on your day here at the Glen Helen Nationals?

Mark: It was pretty good for Nationals; got here early in the morning, our practice went well, and we were on top both practices. After practice, I got the bike ready for the first Moto. Moto 1 went well, Ryan got a 2nd so I’m not going to complain about that. The second Moto is the one that counts and we had an awesome second Moto, Ryan came from tenth to first and he came away with the overall.

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A: That’s very cool; I know your day must start off pretty early, especially now that racing is a one day format on Saturdays; how does your day start and what are some of your responsibilities?

M: I was here at about 6:30 this morning and it’s nearly 8pm now, it’s a pretty long day. I actually worked on the bike until 8pm last night so I was ready to go early this morning. I just needed to unload the bike, double check everything, and make sure everything is good before the first practice which started at 8:30 in the morning.

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A: After practice and then after your first Moto you have a lot of work to do to get that bike back out there running at 100 percent; what are some of the issues you run into?

M: First Ryan comes in and we talk about what was good or bad about the set-up, if he’s happy or maybe we need to make changes. Then, I take the bike apart and wash the entire bike, make it look good, then we make any changes needed, like tires or whatever. We go over everything, the basic maintenance, check the spokes, bolts and there’s a ton of small details. But it’s non-stop from the end of practice till the first Moto and non-stop till the beginning of the second Moto.

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A: What about when Ryan is out on the track during that Moto, what kind of messages are you sending out to him on your Pit Board?

M: I just like to keep him focused and he likes to see his lap times a lot. I mostly give him the lap times and reminders that mainly keep him calm and let him know what’s going on.

A: For those 2 minutes you don’t see him, what are you doing and are you aware of where he is at all time and what’s going on with him?

M: Yeah, the mechanic’s area you only see about 8 seconds of the race, then I am looking my watch because then I know about the 2 minute mark he should start to come around again, so I get ready to see him again for those few seconds. I do listen to my team on the radio and they let me know what’s going on in the back of the track.

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A: With the overall in points this weekend, in reflection, how was your day?

M: My day was pretty smooth. We didn’t really have to change anything, just the basic stuff and some minor adjustments and yes we did get the Overall in points, so it was very good!

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A: Ryan Dungey is the 2009 West Coast Lites Champion; he really proved his determination and talent in Supercross, and he’s doing it again here at Nationals, what is your perspective of Ryan as a friend and rider in the Motocross Nationals?

M: He’s a great person and a great guy to work with. We have a great relationship on and off the track, so it’s not just work based. Ryan is excellent to work for and he has the drive to win a championship. I am feeling confident that we are going to pull off this championship and he’s the guy to do it for sure.

FIM World Motocross – Round 7 – England – May 31, 2009

FIM World Motocross – Round 7 – England – May 31, 2009

World Motocross Champion David Philippaerts returns to top of the Grand Prix podium by winning the British Motocross Grand Prix in MX1! Marvin Musquin takes victory in MX2 Grand Prix!

MX1 Results
1. D Philippaerts 1/2 YAM
2. Max Nagl 4/1 KTM
3. Clem Desalle 2/3 HON
4. Josh Coppins 5/4 YAM
5. Tanel Leok 8/6 YAM
6. Mickael Pichon 7/7 HON
7. K de Dycker 6/11 SUZ
8. A Cairoli 10/8 YAM
9. G Aranda KAW
10. J Barragan 3/dnf KTM
11. Carl Nunn SUZ
12. B Anderson HON
13. B Mackenzie HON
14. G Swanepoel KAW
15. C Campano YAM
MX1 Points
Antonio Cairoli 255
D Philippaerts 221
J Barragan 215
Josh Coppins 209
K de Dycker 208
Clem Desalle 204
Max Nagl 198
Tanel Leok 190
G Swanepoel 106
D Vuillemin 101
Steve Ramon 100
A Leok 93
B Mackenzie 84
K Strijbos 82
G Aranda 74
MX2 Results
1. Marvin Musquin 1/1 KTM
2. Steven Frossard 2/3 KAW
3. Gautier Paulin 3/4 KAW
4. R Goncalves 7/2 KTM
5. J v Horebeek 8/5 KTM
6. D Guarneri 4/10 YAM
7. M Monni 5/9 YAM
8. X Boog 10/7 SUZ
9. K Roczen SUZ
10. A Boissiere KTM
11. S Sword KTM
12. J Roelants KTM
13. D Verbruggen HON
14. L Larrieu YAM
15. J Nicholls KTM
MX2 Points

Marvin Musquin 234
Gautier Paulin 219
Davide Guarneri 208
R Goncalves 202
S Frossard 178
X Boog 166
Nic Aubin 136
J v Horebeek 118
M Monni 115
Zach Osborne 100
S Simpson 97
Ken Roczen 92
A Tonus 92
M Schiffer 89
S Sword 84

Mallory Park

Saturday’s MX1 qualifying moto saw David Philippaerts, the current MX1 World Motocross Champion, winning the qualifier. And former World Motocross Champion Mickael Pichon, out of retirement, finishes second in the qualifier. MX1 points leader Antonio Cairoli had a fall, and it wasn’t even sure he’d be able to race today. He did, getting eighth overall, and still maintains his points lead.

In the Grand Prix today, it seems as if World Motocross Champion Champion David Philippaerts has regained his championship winning form of last season.

In MX2, it was all Marvin Musquin, as he won both motos on his KTM, and extends his championship points lead.

Images courtesy Youthstream, click on thumbnail to view larger image of: MX1 Grand Prix winner David Philippaerts, Antonio Cairoli, Josh Coppins twice, Clem Desalle on his Honda, Steve Frossard, D Guarneri, MX2 points leader Marvin Musquin KTM #25, Marvin atop the podium for MX2, David Philippaerts atop the podium for MX1, Max Nagl airborne, Guatier Paulin, David Philippaerts #19, and two photos of former World Motocross Champion Mickael Pichon.

Video News Highlights of the Motocross Grand Prix of England, courtesy Youthstream

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2009 Australian Supercross Series Schedule and info

2009 Australian Supercross Series Schedule and info

Courtesy Global Action Sports

In 2008 the sport of Supercross received a massive shake up with the introduction of Super X, the new Australasian Supercross Championship. A total of 90,000 people packed stadiums across Australia to see the races live and an incredible four million viewers watched the series live on television.

Australia has never seen a Supercross series like it with a combination of exciting new race formats, full sized US tracks, international Supercross legends including two times Australian world champion Chad Reed, and live television coverage of every round, which is a first for any Supercross series in the world.

Huge outdoor venues were packed to capacity and culminated in a crowd of 20,000 people at QSAC in Brisbane for the series decider.

In 2009 Super X will be back bigger and better with more new race formats, the greatest ever Supercross rider, Jeremy McGrath, competing at several rounds, Australian world Supercross champion, Chad Reed, back to defend his title and amazing new venues including a race in New Zealand.

In 2009 the most exciting and popular race formats will return to Super X as well as all new formats that will test riders and their differing strengths. There will also be an exciting and unique exhibition race to add to the entertainment for fans at every round.

Survival, Triple Challenge, Quadruple Challenge, Round Robin, 2 x 10 lap races and the traditional 20 lap race will all feature as a final format in the Open class. This year the 250cc class will also race several events over the new formats.

The incredibly exciting survival format as the name suggests is an all-out battle for survival through four five lap races with a lung busting two minute rest in between. The bottom five are eliminated each time in this format, until only five are left to fight it out. This format made its worldwide debut in Parramatta last year and brought the crowd of 17,000 to their feet with the most cut-throat Supercross racing Australia has ever seen.

The Triple Challenge will see 20 riders fight it out in three separate races of six laps with points gained in each race that go toward their final tally for the round.

Four, five lap races make up the Quadruple challenge and the Round Robin format will consist of multiple races with the highest point scores reaching the final.

The promoter of Super X, Michael Porra, said the different formats were a massive success in 2008 because they are much shorter and faster than the traditional 20 lap races, which resulted in closer racing with absolutely no room for error.

“The exciting new formats in Super X provide a way for every good rider to have a chance of winning on his day. This made for extremely competitive racing because every rider on the track believed they had a chance and went for it. This competitiveness will only get stronger every year, which is great news for Supercross fans.”

All of the Australian riders who competed last year will return to the championship in 2009 as well as more international and top Australian riders who compete in the US to be announced over the coming months.

Fox Sports will once again cover every race live and Network Ten will run a one hour highlights package the weekend after each round. Tracks will be custom designed and built for each venue by internationally renowned American track designer, Jason Barker, and will incorporate many new challenges for riders.

  • October 17 – Launceston, TAS – Aurora Stadium

  • October 24 – Geelong, VIC – Skilled Stadium

  • October 31 – Perth, WA – Burswood Dome

  • November 7 – Canberra, ACT – Canberra Stadium

  • November 14 – Sydney, NSW – Parramatta Stadium

  • November 21 – Hamilton, New Zealand – Waikato Stadium

  • December 5 – Brisbane, QLD – QSAC Stadium



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