Once you get into December, you get into spooky time for riders slated to ride the West rounds of the Supercross season. Unfortunately, we hear that Ryan Villopoto was a casualty of December training, suffering a shoulder injury yesterday.

Of course, with his rapid progress in the latter parts of the ’05 outdoor season, and ’06 being his rookie year in SX, his debut was highly anticipated┬┐particularly since we’d heard that he was showing exceptional speed during training.

The off-season hasn’t been kind to the team that took both 125 Supercross titles in ’05, with a string of injuries. It’ll be interesting to see how their East/West lineups shake out.