Ryan Villopoto ‘back up to speed’ after surgery

Ryan Villopoto

Ryan Villopoto during his practice session Tuesday. Photo courtesy of TransWorld Motocross

Ryan Villopoto, a motocross/supercross rider of note, is preparing for the FIM Monster Energy World Motocross Championship in Europe after undergoing knee surgery for the third time since 2009.

Villopoto, a four-time AMA World Supercross champion and the only rider in history to ever clinch a title four races early, jumped on his motorcycle Tuesday at Milestone MX Park in Riverside, California, for his seventh practice session since the surgery.

Michael Antonovich of TransWorld Motocross snapped a GoPro camera to his helmet to capture footage from Villopoto's viewpoint:

“This is huge for a number of reasons,” says Antonovich, “partly because he is coming off of a major injury, is headed to Europe for the final year of his career, this marked his seventh day back on the bike, and because no media outlet is ever able to do things like this with him.”

For those who missed it, in October, Villopoto, who has 10 championships to boast, announced on his website that he's racing MXGP next season, the final season of his storied career.

"I'm just trying to go over there and really enjoy this last year," he wrote. "This is a one-time deal. I am going to finish my career win or lose after this next season. … But I'd love to win and leave on top. I'm not going to say it's going to be easier or harder—it will for sure be different, though. I know a lot of my fans are bummed that I won't be racing Supercross or Outdoors, but I hope you tune in and follow me in GPs as this will be one ride you won't want to miss."

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