Chase Sexton returns to Daytona Supercross, Adam Cianciarulo out

Sexton Cianciarulo Supercross injury
Feld Entertainment, Inc.

Chase Sexton returns next week for Round 9 of the Monster Energy Supercross season at Daytona International Speedway while Adam Cianciarulo is forced to sit out due to an injury sustained at Orlando.

Soon after his accident in the Round 2 of 2021 at Houston, Sexton hoped to return after missing two of the three-races in the Indianapolis residency.

But with hopes of the championship gone, Sexton and his team decided in was more prudent to wait longer and heal completely.

“Very happy to be back on the bike and back to normal,” Sexton said in an Instagram post last week. “I’ve been working my butt off with therapy / strengthening my shoulder the past three weeks. Monday was my first day back and feeling very good on the bike already.

“With that being said just the lack of seat time over the past month my team Honda Racing and I have decided it’s better to come out at 100% for Daytona in a little over two weeks! I can’t wait to be back racing and seeing you all real soon.”

X-rays and MRI scans were negative for fractures or tears in his right shoulder, but Sexton lacked the strength to compete. He was diagnosed with a contusion and strain of the right rotator cuff and scapula.

Sexton was leading at the time of his accident. Eli Tomac went on to win that round while the two riders currently embroiled in a tight points battle for first place in the standings finished off the podium. Sexton’s teammate and current points leader Ken Roczen finished fifth. Cooper Webb, second in the standings by only six points, was fourth.

While Sexton returns to action, the news is not as good for Cianciarulo.

He crashed out of second-place last week at Orlando and broke his collarbone, which will keep him off the bike for some while.

“A lot of time and effort goes into each season and it’s extremely frustrating to have a set back like we did this past weekend,” Cianciarulo wrote on Instagram. “I broke my collarbone and I’m gonna be off the bike for a bit.

“I’m really pissed off at myself for making that mistake. It’s completely unacceptable. I won’t be discouraged, though. I love what I do and I put my heart and soul into it. I’m going to keep working on the things I need to in order to reach my goals. Simple as that. I appreciate my supporters and I’ll keep you guys updated.”

SuperMotocross set to introduce Leader Lights beginning with the World Championship finals


In a continuing effort to help fans keep track of the on track action, SuperMotocross is in the process of developing and implementing leader lights for the unified series.

Currently Supercross (SMX) utilizes stanchions in the infield that are triggered manually by a race official. At least two stanchions are used in each race as a way to draw the eye to the leader, which is especially useful in the tight confines of the stadium series when lapping often begins before the halfway mark in the 22-bike field. This system has been in place for the past two decades.

Later this year, a fully automated system will move to the bike itself to replace the old system. At that point, fans will be able to identify the leader regardless of where he is on track.

The leader lights were tested in the second Anaheim round this year. An example can be seen at the 1:45 mark in the video above on the No. 69 bike.

“What we don’t want to do is move too fast, where it’s confusing to people,” said Mike Muye, senior director of operations for Supercross and SMX in a press release. “We’ve really just focused on the leader at this point with the thought that maybe down the road we’ll introduce others.”

Scheduled to debut with the first SuperMotocross World Championship race at zMax Dragway, located just outside the Charlotte Motor Speedway, a 3D carbon fiber-printed LED light will be affixed to each motorcycle. Ten timing loops positioned around the track will trigger the lights of the leader, which will turn green.

SMX’s partner LiveTime Scoring helped develop and implement the system that has been tested in some form or fashion since 2019.

When the leader lights are successfully deployed, SuperMotocross will explore expanding the system to identify the second- and third-place riders. Depending on need and fan acceptance, more positions could be added.

SuperMotocross is exploring future enhancements, including allowing for live fan interaction with the lights and ways to use the lighting system during the race’s opening ceremony.