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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