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Arlington claims riders in mid-season shakeup

Photo by Jerry Jordan/Kickin' the Tires

Justin Schuoler, Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, TX — Supercross held their second Triple Crown race on Saturday night in Arlington, Texas at AT&T Stadium. For three riders, it was a devastating night.

Adam Cianciarulo, Justin Brayton and defending series champion Cooper Webb all had night-altering crashes throughout the event.

Brayton went down hard after the finish line jump in one of the qualifying sessions and was assisted by the medical crew at the scene. Several riders pulled off as the red cross flag waved with three and a half minutes left in the session. He eventually remounted and continued on as riders hit the track again, but would struggle in the mains

He would finish one lap down in the first main event after crashing late in the race. Then, a crash in the opening laps ended his night early since he elected to not start the final main event. He finished 21st overall.

Cianciarulo was one of the favorites leading into the eighth round of his rookie year and one of the highlights of the season. However, a hard crash in the first qualifying session on the end of the dragon back resulted in a broken clavicle for the Kawasaki rider, ending his pursuit of a triple crown win.

“Due to a crash in the first timed qualifying session today, Adam Cianciarulo broke his left collarbone and will not be lining up for tonight’s Monster Energy Supercross Triple Crown race,” Team Kawasaki announced the injury on social media. Cianciarulo also shared on his personal accounts, but no timeline has been given for the rookie’s return.

With two laps to go in the second main event, the dragon back would claim yet another rider. Webb would ride a nose-wheelie into the triple face and bounce off the side, landing directly on the hardtop aside the jump. Webb was immediately assisted by the medical crew and did not finish the race.

The crash was very similar to Cianciarulo’s crash earlier that day and wasn’t better for Webb. After being evaluated by the medical team, Webb was assisted onto the medic kart and taken to the pits. KTM Factory Racing confirmed that he was taken to the local area hospital, and further updates on his condition would come from the team, Webb or Supercross. Webb would unofficially finish 12th overall.

Eli Tomac wins the overall as Supercross races next in Atlanta. With the win, Tomac continues to hold the red plate over Ken Roczen.

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