Supercross: Cooper Webb, Adam Cianciarulo injured in Arlington


“Sometimes you ride the bull, sometimes you get the horns,” Cooper Webb said on Instagram after a vicious crash in Arlington, Texas.

Two of motorcycle racing’s biggest stars suffered heavy crashes in Round 8 of the Monster Energy Supercross season. Adam Cianciarulo is off the bike for the near future. Webb’s status was unknown as of Monday following the race.

Both riders suffered accidents in the same section of the track. Cianciarulo was pitched off his mount in the dragon’s back during practice and had the bike land on him. He suffered a broken left collarbone and could not start the first Mains.

Webb’s accident came in closing laps of the second Main.

Cianciarulo entered Arlington 27 points out of first with 10 rounds remaining. His injury dropped him to sixth in the standings and with no clear return date his championship bid is over.

Webb got off to a great start in Arlington – a track where he won in 2019. He finished second in the first Main and was riding fourth when he buried a wheel on the dragon’s back and then endoed off the bike.

Webb was catapulted off the track. He landed hard on the concrete on his back and had to be helped from the track by the Alpine Stars Medical staff.

The staff carried him to the ATV and he was immediately transported to a local hospital for x-rays and evaluation.

Amazingly, the x-rays were negative for broken bones.

“I got lucky with hematoma with deep bone bruising to my pelvis as well as my sacrum,” Webb posted on Instagram. “Extremely lucky and blessed to walk away with that. … Not quite done yet.”

But while he is ‘not done yet,’ it is unclear as of Monday whether he will ride in Atlanta this weekend.

Webb finished the night 2-17-20 in the three Triple Crown Mains for 12th overall. He is third in the standings by one point over Justin Barcia, but currently sits 26 points behind Eli Tomac and the lead. That is equal to one full race with nine rounds remaining.

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Hunter Lawrence defends Haiden Deegan after controversial block pass at Detroit


Media and fan attention focused on a controversial run-in between Haiden Deegan and his Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing teammate Jordon Smith during Round 10 of the Monster Energy Supercross race at Detroit, after which the 250 East points’ Hunter Lawrence defends the young rider in the postrace news conference.

Deegan took the early lead in Heat 1 of the round, but the mood swiftly changed when he became embroiled in a spirited battle with teammate Smith.

On Lap 3, Smith caught Deegan with a fast pass through the whoops. Smith briefly held the lead heading into a bowl turn but Deegan had the inside line and threw a block pass. In the next few turns, the action heated up until Smith eventually ran into the back of Deegan’s Yamaha and crashed.

One of the highlights of the battle seemed to include a moment when Deegan waited on Smith in order to throw a second block pass, adding fuel to the controversy.

After his initial crash, Smith fell to seventh on the next lap. He would crash twice more during the event, ultimately finishing four laps off the pace in 20th.

The topic was inevitably part of the postrace news conference.

“It was good racing; it was fun,” Deegan said at about the 27-minute mark in the video above. “I just had some fun doing it.”

Smith had more trouble in the Last Chance Qualifier. He stalled his bike in heavy traffic, worked his way into a battle for fourth with the checkers in sight, but crashed a few yards shy of the finish line and was credited with seventh. Smith earned zero points and fell to sixth in the standings.

Lawrence defends Deegan
Jordon Smith failed to make the Detroit Supercross Main and fell to sixth in the points. – Feld Motor Sports

“I think he’s like fifth in points,” Deegan said. “He’s a little out of it. Beside that it was good, I don’t know. I wasn’t really paying attention.”

Deegan jokingly deflected an earlier question with the response that he wasn’t paying attention during the incident.

“He’s my teammate, but he’s a veteran, he’s been in this sport for a while,” Deegan said. “I was up there just battling. I want to win as much as everybody else. It doesn’t matter if it’s a heat race or a main; I just want to win. I was just trying to push that.”

As Deegan and Smith battled, Jeremy Martin took the lead. Deegan finished second in the heat and backed up his performance with a solid third-place showing in the main, which was his second podium finish in a short six-race career. Deegan’s first podium was earned at Daytona, just two rounds ago.

But as Deegan struggled to find something meaningful to say, unsurprisingly for a 17-year-old rider who was not scheduled to run the full 250 schedule this year, it was the championship leader Lawrence who came to his defense.

Lawrence defends Deegan
A block pass by Haiden Deegan led to a series of events that eventually led to Jordon Smith failing to make the Main. – Feld Motor Sports

“I just want to point something out, which kind of amazes me,” Lawrence said during the conference. “So many of the people on social media, where everyone puts their expertise in, are saying the racing back in the ’80s, the early 90s, when me were men. They’re always talking about how gnarly it was and then anytime a block pass or something happens now, everyone cries about it.

“That’s just a little bit interesting. Pick one. You want the gnarly block passes from 10 years ago and then you get it, everyone makes a big song and dance about it.”

Pressed further, Lawrence defended not only the pass but the decision-making process that gets employed lap after lap in a Supercross race.

“It’s easy to point the finger,” Lawrence said. “We’re out there making decisions in a split millisecond. People have all month to pay their phone bill and they still can’t do that on time.

“We’re making decisions at such a fast reaction [time with] adrenaline. … I’m not just saying it for me or Haiden. I speak for all the guys. No one is perfect and we’re under a microscope out there. The media is really quick to point a finger when someone makes a mistake.”

The media is required to hold athletes accountable for their actions. They are also required to tell the complete story.