News 21 May 2015

Back complications keep Villopoto out of British GP

Monster Energy Kawasaki rider still recovering in the US.

Source: Kawasaki Racing.

Source: Kawasaki Racing.

Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team has confirmed Ryan Villopoto won’t be back for this weekend’s MXGP World Championship at Matterley Basin in Great Britain.

Villopoto continues to recover from his coccyx injury and a compressed L4 vertebrae sustained at the Italian round of the world championship, remaining in the US for further treatment before his return.

“Ryan’s taken the decision to sit out of the British MXGP this weekend,” explained Kawasaki Motors Europe racing manager Steve Guttridge. “Having suffered more back pain these past weeks he’s not been able to train fully or even ride his KX450-SR practice bike while back in the States.

“We are now collectively searching for the best structure to help his swift recovery in order that he can come back to MXGPs when he is fully recovered, bike fit and race-ready again.”

Meanwhile, it has also recently been confirmed that Bulgarian Petar Petrov will stand-in for the injured Dylan Ferrandis on Kawasaki’s factory MX2 team alongside world champion Jordi Tixier and Thomas Covington.