For a second straight week there was contact between two riders in pratice. Late in the first 250 qualifying session in Detroit, Christian Craig got into Alex Martin prior to the finish line, and Martin went flying into the start straight.
Martin was slow to get up, and then sat on a Tuff Block while being looked over by the Alpinestars Medical Crew. He did get back on the bike, but didn’t finish the session. His time of 53.947 was fifth fastest.
Craig finished the session in fourth.
According to TLD/Red Bull KTM, Alex Martin is out for tonight. We'll update once we hear more.
Alex Martin is out for the night after that practice crash according to the TLD KTM Crew— Racer X (@racerxonline) March 25, 2017
Craig issued an apology for the incident on his Instagram and said he has been fined and penalized. Below is his full quote:
I want to apologize to Alex for what happened in practice. My intentions are never to make someone crash. I was frustrated that my fastest lap was getting interrupted. He had rolled the whoops on the same lap so I figured he would get out of the way since he was on a slow lap. That doesn't justify what happened but I am sorry and I have been fined and penalized for my actions on the track.
Correction: Craig has last gate pick for the main. Ouch— Steve Matthes (@pulpmx) March 25, 2017