Riding a bike on the regular road and riding in dirt track is not the same. Dirt tracks have multiple obstacles, which are created to make the race more exciting. In competition, all the riders are always in a hurry.
They crash sometimes, which may cost less. But sometime some crashes could be life or career-threatening to the top riders of the race. Let’s get the idea of 6 insane Supercross Crashes just before starting the Supercross 2021.
- Travis Pastrana’s Crash at Unadilla in 2001
- Ryan Villopoto’s Crash at St. Louis in 2010
- James Stewart’s Crash at St. Louis in 2006
- Eli Tomac’s Crash at Oakland in 2013
- Greg Albertyn’s Crash at Orlando in 1996
- Jason Upshaw’s crash at Los Angeles Coliseum on 1985
- Doug Henry’s Crash at Budds Creek in 1985
- Final Thoughts
Travis Pastrana’s Crash at Unadilla in 2001
Travis had an ugly crash in 2001 at Unadilla. He faced the crash on the last lap. He was in the second position. He was in full confidence as he had already won 125cc East class.
Pastrana was little far behind Ricky Carmichael. Travis jumped over the bar on a double. He jumped so far that he could crash on Ricky. But, Pastrana pushed too hard which cause a brutal crash.
After the crash, he tried to get on the track again, but could not keep the balance. He went out of the series and never got any title after that crash.
Ryan Villopoto’s Crash at St. Louis in 2010
In 2010 season Villopoto and Dungey were very close in the 450cccompetition. Ryan Villopoto was in the second position and Ryan Dungey was leading the table. Villopoto tried to take the lead through a wild block pass and both of them fell on the ground. After that Villopoto lead with a big jump and broke his leg, which cost him a season end.
James Stewart’s Crash at St. Louis in 2006
Stewart, Carmichael, and Chad were in great completion on that season. Chad was in third and the other two were fighting for the top position. But, a simple crash changed everything. While Stewart was turning in the track, he was stacked and went off the track. That turn damaged the clutch lever of the bike. After that, he started the ride again but couldn’t get on the top. Finally, he finished in the seventh position. As a result, he lost the tournament by 2 points.
Eli Tomac’s Crash at Oakland in 2013
Eli was in good form in 2013 and he was about to win back to back 250cc tournament. He was leading from the beginning of the 2013 season. He was on top of the first three rounds. Everything was going well and suddenly he had a crush on the fourth round. That crash sent him in the whoops. As a result, he failed to join the race again and lost the title.
Greg Albertyn’s Crash at Orlando in 1996
Greg started his Supercross career after winning three Motocross in Europe. His Supercross career was not so smooth like Motocross. He slipped out while turning the curve at Orlando. Like others, he was in speed turning the coroners. He went flying during a turn in the curve and he was in a shock in his opening season.
Jason Upshaw’s crash at Los Angeles Coliseum on 1985
The young generation won’t remember this crash as this happened in 1985. East and West coast was started in that year. That tournament was a part of the World Supercross Championship. Jason jumped and detached from the bike. While he was detached, he flipped in the air and came down of the Peristyle. He fell. Anyone can find the video on YouTube and watch it.
Doug Henry’s Crash at Budds Creek in 1985
Doug’s crash was almost deadly. He was competing with Jeremy McGrath on that race. Henry slipped off from his seat and twisted the throttle. He flew so high, that it was about 60 feet high. It was like he fell from a six storied building. His back was broken and feet on the pegs. Within a year he recovered from the injury and raced again. He started to win again in the second year and became champion in the third year.
Some crashed could end a rider’s career. Some crash could break the rider’s confidence. Some crashes can give the rider new courage like Henry. Despite having all kind of safety on the track, the crash is a normal thing. It is a part of the race. Those insane crashes let the riders know about the reality.