News 10 Nov 2018

Villopoto confirms AUS-X Open Sydney absence

Headlining American will not line-up inside Qudos Bank Arena tonight.

Source: Supplied.

Four-time Monster Energy AMA Supercross champion Ryan Villopoto has confirmed he’ll be absent at today’s Monster Energy AUS-X Open Sydney, citing personal reasons following his father’s passing last week, along with an unforeseen issue.

The Yamaha ambassador was set to join headlining riders Chad Reed (Autotrader Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing), Jason Anderson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing) and Dean Wilson (DPH Motorsport Husqvarna) in the prestigious event, although he’s vowed to make it up to Australian fans that will complete a sell-out crowd this evening.

“I just want to share a note with the S-X Open Supercross fans to sincerely apologise as I will not be there today,” Villopoto stated via a social media post. “As you all know the last week has been incredibly difficult on myself and my family. I was super excited to race in Sydney and have been working hard to be in the best shape I’ve been in years.

“I really wanted to race down there, but with all that happened as well as an unforeseen issue, I have to remain home with my family. I realise a lot of people put tons of work into helping me get there and to make it super special therefore I deeply want to express my appreciation. I promise to make it up to everyone down under. Thank you for all your ongoing support see you soon.”

The AUS-X Open Sydney will feature a unique Triple Crown format across both SX1 and SX2 categories, as the night show boasts an extensive entertainment schedule, including the 2-Stroke Cup, Celebrity Challenge, Best Whip, FMX Best Trick and more.