The Moment: One Turn,  Three Crashes

The Moment One Turn, Three Crashes

January 14, 2013 4:10pm
Ex Arizona Diamondbacks' star pitcher Randy Johnson was on hand at Chase Field, but the baseball field was not. But, fittingly, the Monster Energy Supercross track created the most action right where home plate lives during baseball season. A long rhythm lane lead to a flat left-hand turn, and then a triple. Let's take you through the night there:

Strike one: After a first-turn crash in his heat race, Rockstar Energy Racing's Jason Anderson, who finished fourth in last week's 250 main event, is forced into the LCQ. On the last lap, he holds second, the final transfer spot to the main. But he clips a jump in that rhythm lane and goes down in the home-plate corner. In his haste to get up quickly, he crashes again and misses the main event.

Strike two:
Another bad start for two-time and defending SX Champion Ryan Villopoto, but this time the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider slices through and ends up in the top five early. Then he crashes in the corner and is forced to play catch up for the rest of the night.

Strike three: Trey Canard is holding second in the 450SX main event with one lap to go -- and his 2-2 finishes on the season will put him into the series' points lead. But he goes down on the same jump that claimed Anderson, and then, like Anderson, bobbled again trying to get up quickly. Points lead? Three strikes and you're out.