2020 ARLINGTON SUPERCROSS | THE AFTERMATH: TRIPLE CROWN CHAOS, CRASHES & INJURIES

2020 Arlington Supercross_Cooper Webb-1472

2020 ARLINGTON SUPERCROSS | THE AFTERMATH: TRIPLE CROWN CHAOS, CRASHES & INJURIES

The 2020 Alrington Supercross was another exciting one, but sadly, round eight of the 2020 Monster Energy Supercross season had more of a heart wrenching feel than heart warming feel to it. Hosting three Main Events on a tough Arlington track meant that fans had more opportunities to watch their favorite riders, but it also meant that the riders had more opportunities to crash—and crash they did. The night show was full of carnage, but it can’t be blamed on the amount of laps, because many riders crashed during the qualifying practices as well. With Cooper Webb, Adam Cianciarulo, Broc Tickle and Jimmy Decotis being injured in Texas, the entire industry has taken a sobering hit to the stomach. Luckily, both Cooper Webb and Adam Cianciarulo were able to walk away with minor injuries compared to what could have happened in each of their crashes. Broc Tickle and Jimmy Decotis also look like they could return to racing in a decent time frame. In Motocross Action’s The Aftermath, we like to expound on the top story lines of the race and share our favorite photos as well.

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Photos by Brian Converse
Words by Josh Mosiman

COOPER WEBB INJURED: HEMATOMA & DEEP BONE BRUISING

2020 Arlington Supercross_Cooper Webb-1472The Alpinestars mobile medical unit helped Cooper Webb off the track. 

Cooper Webb’s crash (as well as Adam Cianciarulo’s in practice) was hard to watch for a lot of race fans. We all know crashes are bound to happen and that’s definitely part of the excitement of Supercross, but it’s not too often that you see a Championship contender go down hard. It’s also not too often that you see a rider fly off the track and land on concrete straight onto his back. We were very glad to see Cooper crawling right away because at least he was well enough to move. We were also very glad to hear that Cooper’s injury isn’t worse, Cooper said via instagram: “I got very lucky with hematoma with deep bone bruising to my pelvis as well as my sacrum. Extremely lucky and blessed to only walk away with that. Thanks everyone for the support and prayers. Not quite done yet” 

2020 Arlington Supercross_Cooper Webb-3746Cooper Webb led the first Main Event early, but Ken Roczen passed him in the whoops on the first lap and they would both finish one and two. 

Cooper Webb was in fourth on lap fifteen of the second Main Event when he crashed on the dragon’s back. His night was shaping up to be a good one. If he wouldn’t have crashed and he if could’ve finished fourth in the second Main, his 2-4 finishes would’ve had him tied with Eli Tomac in points for the overall going into the final race.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you can click here to see the video of Cooper Webb’s crash.

ADAM CIANCIARULO INJURED: BROKEN COLLARBONE

2020 Arlington Supercross_Adam Cianciarulo-1139Adam Cianciarulo crashed during qualifying on the same dragon’s back that took out Cooper Webb. Adam’s wreck resulted in a broken collarbone. 

Adam Cianciarulo was the first big named rider to fall victim to the dragon’s back in Alrington. Just like Webb and the multiple other riders who crashed on the same obstacle, Adam skimmed the whoops and missed the last whoop with his front wheel which sent him over the bars to and finally into the lip of the triple. Adam got up quickly and moved his arm around to feel if there was any damage to his shoulder, but he quickly stopped moving it when he realized that he a broken collarbone. With both Adam and Jimmy Decotis injuring themselves on the dragon’s back in practice, we wish the Dirt Wurx crew would’ve addressed the problem and made an adjustment to the section before the night show.

After Adam got checked out by the Alpinestars medical team, he posted via instagram to release the news. “Had a crash in Q1 and broke my left collarbone. Gonna have to sit this one out tonight. Sucks but it is what it is. My fault. I’ll keep you guys updated on the recovery!” Click here for a video of Adam Cianciarulo’s crash.

2020 Arlington Supercross_Adam Cianciarulo Nick Wey-0616Adam Cianciarulo and his trainer Nick Wey walking the track earlier in the day. Adam had the fastest qualifying time at the first seven rounds in a row coming into Arlington, but his injury at round eight ended his streak. 

THE ARLINGTON DRAGON: 

2020 Arlington Supercross_Cooper Webb-3039The top three riders of the night each spoke their opinion about the dragon’s back. 

Supercross is dangerous no matter how the track is designed, but it always a bummer when multiple riders crash on the same obstacle. The dragon’s back was challenging for many reasons; (1) The last whoop was lower than the ones before it. (2) The angle of the dragon’s back wasn’t as steep as usual which allowed riders to hit it faster. (3) The whoops were smaller which also increased speeds. (4) There was a triple immediately afterwards which the riders were trying to gain momentum for. (5) They were soft, rutted and chewed out, (which isn’t abnormal for a dragon’s back.) Out of these issues, the worst part was that the last whoop was the smallest. This meant that the riders would have to let off the throttle to make sure they don’t miss it with their front wheel. Obviously, everything is different from the riders perspective and that’s why we added the opinion of the top three 450SX finishers below:

Ken Roczen said about the dragon’s back: “I already saw during press day and during track walk, that they’ll have five whoops (on the dragon’s back) and then the fifth one is the lowest one out of all of them.”  Eli Tomac sat next to Ken in the post race press conference and nodded his head in agreement when Ken mentioned this. Then Ken went on: “I’ve seen it happen multiple times, and I don’t know what the thought process behind there because you want the last one to obviously be the tallest one, that’s the whole point of it. Also, they’re breaking down because it is, so they’re getting squarely a little bit.”  Ken also mentioned that it was unusual to have five whoops where normally they only have three or four.

Jason Anderson said about the dragon’s back: “I also think that they’re so small that you can go so fast through them. You can get ahead of yourself and obviously we’re trying to go as fast as we can. Just that split little bounce off the last one to get you over the top one, obviously it can eat you up. Then with the ruts and everything too, when you’re front end drops into one of those, it’s soft.”  

Eli Tomac agreed with Anderson and Roczen, he said: “I’m with these guys, I don’t get why they build the last one lower than the first four. It seems like they’ve done it multiple times and you can sit there and scratch your head. You want to hit the last one and they make that thing low and it’s not good and you see the crashes.”

JIMMY DECOTIS’ CRASH ON THE DRAGON’S BACK

The video above was posted by Jimmy Decotis of his crash on the dragon’s back in Arlington. 

RJ HAMPSHIRE TAKES OUT CHASE SEXTON

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Here Rj Hampshire takes out his former teammate Chase Sexton for the lead in the first Main Event at Arlington. 

The corner after the finish line also acted as the first turn and because of that, there wasn’t a big berm built up for it. It was a wide flat turn and some riders would go wide to gain momentum for the rhythm section, while other riders could hit the inside and make a block pass to get by. In the press conference, both Chase and Rj talked about the incident in the post race press conference. Rj mentioned that it was payback for an incident between the two of them at the Millville National in 2019 and Chase acknowledged it and moved on from it.

BROC TICKLE INJURED: LEFT HAND

2020 Arlington Supercross_Broc Tickle-1633 Sadly, the string of bad luck continues for the JGR Suzuki team as their fill-in rider, Broc Tickle, was injured in Alrington.

The first rhythm section after the start straightaway was challenging the riders all day long. It was awkward and even the top guys would make mistakes in it. With the section being right after the first turn, there was a lot of carnage. Sadly for Broc Tickle and the JGR Suzuki team, Broc got tangled up with another rider in that rhythm lane on the first lap and got his hand smashed in between his handlebars and another riders rear wheel. Broc was unable to race the rest of the night and he said that he is still unsure of the full extent of his injury.

2020 Arlington Supercross_Broc Tickle-1633We hope that Broc’s hand heals quickly. 

JUSTIN BRAYTON CRASHES FIVE TIMES IN TEXAS

 

Justin Brayton had a rough time at round eight in Dallas. He had five crashes throughout the day which was completely out of character for the veteran HRC Honda rider who is mostly known for his consistent and small style. This crash he posted on instagram above was his worst wreck of the night when he caught his foot on the lip of the jump sending him through the air totally off balance. Justin commented about the night: “Kinda sitting here in disbelief how it all happened but also very thankful nothing is seriously injured. See y’all in Atlanta”

450SX CLASS:

2020 Arlington Supercross_Eli Tomac-3956 Eli Tomac’s 5-1-1 scores earned him first overall in Arlington and it helped him extend his points lead to seven points ahead of Ken Roczen. 

The first Main Event did not start out well for Eli Tomac, but he fought his way from thirteenth on the first lap up to fifth by the end of the race. In the second one, he was behind Blake Baggett in second place on the start and he quickly made his way into second and pulled away for the win while Ken Roczen struggled to make passes and finished seventh. In the third main, Eli once again found himself outside of the top five on the first lap, but he put his head down and started charging. Blake Baggett went down, he made his way around Malcolm Stewart and was behind Ken Roczen by lap four. Then, Eli followed Ken until Ken made a mistake on lap ten in the unique rhythm lane after the finish line. Ken tried to get back next to Eli over the famous Alrington dragon’s back, but when they landed Eli crossed over about four feet on Ken to take his line away up the lip of the triple. Eli cleared it while Ken Roczen slowed down to double it and lost touch with the points leader. Then, three laps later Eli did the same move to Jason Anderson. Some people looked at Eli’s moves as dirty and dangerous while others relate it to aggressive racing. Either way, Tomac was on the move and luckily, nobody both Ken and Jason had the skills to dodge his rear wheel.

Photo one – The 450SX class charges into the flat and sweeping first corner.

2020 Arlington Supercross_450 Start-3649 Photo two – Jason Anderson got to the first turn first, but he swung wide. Cooper Webb and Ken Roczen played it smart and hugged the corner tight.

2020 Arlington Supercross_450 Start-3649 Jason Anderson, Cooper Webb and Ken Roczen then crossed the first jump three-wide.

2020 Arlington Supercross_Eli Tomac_Ken Roczen-4532Ken Roczen tried to latch onto Eli Tomac, but Eli was on another level in Texas.

Ken Roczen dominated the first Main Event of the night which gave him four Triple Crown Main Event wins in a row. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to complete the deal in the next two Main Events, but Ken was still happy to salvage a second and leave healthy when many other riders had big crashes. 

2020 Arlington Supercross_Jason Anderson_Ken Roczen-4305Jason Anderson battled with Ken Roczen and held him off for 14 laps in the third Main Event, but finally Anderson would go down in the whoop section with three laps to go. 

2020 Arlington Supercross_Jason Anderson_Ken Roczen-4305 Here both Jason and Ken fight for the inside line in the tight and flat turn after the finish line. Ken is looking to make a move up the inside while Jason is doing everything he can to block the line. 

2020 Arlington Supercross_Eli Tomac-4382Eli Tomac is a new man in 2020. He now has the red plate and he’s slowly starting to pull away. 

2020 Arlington Supercross_450 Start-3649 Zach Osborne grabbed the holeshot in the third Main Event and ended the race in third. His 7-4-3 scores earned him fifth overall in Texas and he was happy with it.

2020 Arlington Supercross_Justin Barcia_Dean Wilson-4318Photo 1 – Justin Barcia dives to the inside of Dean Wilson while Dean does everything he can to not get hit.

2020 Arlington Supercross_Justin Barcia_Dean Wilson-4318 Photo 2 – Dean Wilson held on to the spot, at least for one more corner. Justin Barcia’s 4-5-4 scores were good enough to earn him fourth overall in Texas. 

2020 Arlington Supercross_Dean Wilson-3743Dean Wilson was one of many riders who crashed in the long whoop section in Arlington. He finished ninth overall with 13-9-6 scores after falling in the first two Main Events. 

2020 Arlington Supercross_Blake Baggett-3731Blake Baggett was riding well in Arlington, but he had multiple crashes that dropped him back. Both crashes involved washing out the front end in corners. 

2020 Arlington Supercross_Justin Hill-3004 Justin Hill very well and finished 6th overall in Arlington, but he also dealt with crashes that hurt his results. Justin was upfront in third place on the opening lap of the first Main Event when he was taken out by Jason Anderson right before the finish line. He crossed the line in 15th and came all the way through the pack to finish 6th in the first Main. Then in Main Event two, he finished in third and in the final race, Justin crashed all on his own in the same corner he was taken out in and he once again charged from the back to finish 8th. 

2020 Arlington Supercross_Justin Hill-3004Justin Hill also logged the fastest qualifying time in both 450 sessions in Arlington. He commented after the race that he is proving to myself that he has the speed and fitness to win. Then he said that he just needs to put all the pieces together and claim it.

450 OVERALL POINT STANDING (ROUND 8 OF 17)

2020 Arlington Supercross_Eli Tomac-3659Eli Tomac will keep the red plate as the series heads to Atlanta.

POS. NAME POINTS
1 Eli Tomac 181
2 Ken Roczen 174
3 Cooper Webb 155
4 Justin Barcia 154
5 Jason Anderson 139
6 Adam Cianciarulo 128
7 Malcolm Stewart 122
8 Justin Hill 110
9 Zach Osborne 105
10 Justin Brayton 105

OPENING CEREMONIES

2020 Arlington Supercross_Opening Ceremonies-2628 The Supercross opening ceremonies really set the stage for the night of racing. 

2020 Arlington Supercross_Opening Ceremonies-1159 The 160ft. by 72ft. TV screens in the Dallas Cowboys AT&T stadium look extra cool when displaying the American flag when the lights are off.  

250SX CLASS:

2020 Arlington Supercros_Chase Sexton-3635Chase Sexton looks like a whole new rider in 2020. He won the 250SX East Coast Championship in 2019 after only winning one Main Event. Austin Forkner dominated before he tore his ACL and a lot of people discounted Sexton’s Championship because of it. This year Chase has said many times that he doesn’t want to win like that again, he wants to be the dominant guy. 

2020 Arlington Supercross_Shane McElrath_Chase Sexton-4212 Chase and Shane fought hard but at the end of the night, Chase Sexton was more consistent and grabbed his first win of the season. 

2020 Arlington Supercross_Shane McElrath-4195Shane McElrath won the final Main Event of the night and finished second overall in Arlington. 

2020 Arlington Supercross_Chase Sexton-3982 Both Chase Sexton and Shane McElrath chose to warm up for the first race of the night by doing some jumping-jacks behind the starting line. 

2020 Arlington Supercross_Chase Sexton-2949Chase Sexton was close behind Shane early in the final Main Event, but he didn’t need to pass him to get the overall win. So Chase rode smart in second and finished just over four seconds behind Shane. 

2020 Arlington Supercross_RJ Hampshire-3551 Rj Hampshire also had a better night in Arlington than he did in Tampa. 

Rj Hampshire grabbed the holeshot in the first 250 Main Event.

2020 Arlington Supercross_250 Start-3357Chase Sexton’s Geico Honda wheelies down the start straightaway.

2020 Arlington Supercross_Jordon Smith-2993 Jordon Smith had a rough go in Arlington. He was pushed off the track by Shane McElrath and taken out by Rj Hampshire. He ended up 13th overall after 4-20-14 scores. 

2020 Arlington Supercross_ClubMx Joey Crown -3400The ClubMx Yamaha team has been very impressive so far in the 250SX East division. Michigan native, Joey Crown qualified for his first Main Event at Tampa and finished eighth in the Main Event, then he backed it up at Arlington with events overall when he finished 7-5-10 in the three races. He also battled with his teammate, Josh Hill, as pictured above.

2020 Arlington Supercross_Josh Hill-3441Josh Hill finished sixth overall with 9-7-6 moto scores in Arlington. 

2020 Arlington Supercross_250 Start-3357 Jalek Swoll (352) and Chase Sexton slide up the inside in the first turn. 

2020 Arlington Supercross_Isaac Teasdale-3385Isaac Teasdale qualified seventh in the first qualifying session at Arlington.

The JGR Suzuki team has had a rough go this year with Joey Savagty injuring himself at the Aus-X Open Australia, Freddy Noren injuring himself at round two in St. Louis and Jimmy Decotis getting injured during a practice crash before Tampa and then crashing on the dragon’s back and injuring himself again in Arlington and with Broc Tickle injuring his hand in the first Main Event at Arlington, the JGR Suzuki team had all their attention on Isaac Teasdale. Issac is a young rider from North Carolina who scored 31-points during the 2019 AMA Nationals on a JGR supported RM-Z450. Isaac had only qualified for one Main Event before 2020, but the JGR team took a chance on Isaac and he qualified for the Main Event at round one of the 250 East Coast series in Tampa and then he qualified straight into the night show Main Event at the Triple Crown in Arlington. Isaac looked especially good in the first qualifying session when he logged the seventh fastest time, just ahead of Geico Honda’s rookie, Jo Shimoda. Sadly, Isaac had a crash in the whoops during the second qualifying session in which he injured his knee. Isaac did his best to ride through the pain and represent the JGR team in Arlington, but he could only manage 20, 18, 17 scores for 20th overall.

250 EAST COAST POINTS STANDING AFTER ROUND 2

POS. # NAME POINTS
1 1E Chase Sexton 49
2 12 Shane Mcelrath 49
3 6 Jeremy Martin 40
4 24 Rj Hampshire 38
5 36 Garrett Marchbanks 37
6 355 Joey Crown 31
7 54 Jordon Smith 28
8 175 Joshua Hill 28
9 84 Jo Shimoda 26
10 66 Enzo Lopes 19

WORDS FROM THE RIDERS:

2020 Arlington Supercross_Cooper Webb-0632Cooper Webb said via instagram: “Some times you ride the bull sometimes you get the horns. Just left medical examinations and I got very lucky with hematoma with deep bone bruising to my pelvis as well as my sacrum. Extremely lucky and blessed to only walk away with that. Thanks everyone for the support and prayers. Not quite done yet”

2020 Arlington Supercross_Adam Cianciarulo-1139Adam Cianciarulo posted via instagram: “Had a crash in Q1 and broke my left collarbone. Gonna have to sit this one out tonight. Sucks but it is what it is. My fault. I’ll keep you guys updated on the recovery!”

2020 Arlington Supercross_Ken Roczen-4692Ken Roczen posted via instagram:“Round 8 at Arlington turned out pretty good! I went 1st 7th and 2nd for 2nd overall! A lot of carnage happened all day so getting out of there in 2nd i am totally cool with. Time to prep for next weekends race and see if we can fight back! PS the Fans were amazing! The stadium was packed and people were also going nuts in the pits which is awesome”

2020 Arlington Supercross_Broc Tickle-1011Broc Tickle posted via instagram: “Tough night in Arlington last night. Struggled a little throughout the day but was excited to go racing for the night show. Got off to a rough start in Main 1 and came through first rhythm, first lap and collided with another rider. My left hand got smashed in between my bars and rear wheel of other rider at contact. I am unsure of full prognosis of my hand, but will have more insight tomorrow and will give you guys an update as I know more. Thank you to all my supporters”

2020 Arlington Supercross_Justin Brayton-0552Justin Brayton posted via instagram:“What a rough night in Dallas! I had five crashes in one day!! That’s more than I’ve had the past few years. This was my third one in practice and the one that I thought was gonna end my night. Caught my foot on the take off. I decided to suit up for the races after being checked out and cleared by the medical staff. First main I ran fifth and felt pretty good till a few minutes to go, I crashed in the whoops. Second main had another get off and that ended my night. Kinda sitting here in disbelief how it all happened but also very thankful nothing is seriously injured. See y’all in Atlanta”

2020 Arlington Supercross_Justin Hill-4264Justin Hill posted via instagram: “I felt the racing went pretty well with 6-3–8 Scores. I crashed in both Main events # 1 and # 3, which hurt my overall finish. I’m proving to myself that I have Win speed and Win fitness. Nothing left now but to put every piece together and claim it”

2020 Arlington Supercross_Chase Sexton-1487Chase Sexton posted via instagram: “What a night in Arlington. Happy with how everything went last night and how we bounced back after the chaos in the first main! I’m really just having fun out there racing with these guys and stoked to get a win for the team to reward all their hard work this off season. Thank you Texas! Grateful”

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