Monster Energy Supercross is home to the biggest thrills, but also the biggest spills. When a rider goes down, they go down in a big way. Unfortunately, the 2013 season saw several riders slam hard.
Here’s a look back at the gnarliest crashes from this past season.
Zach Bell’s Crash At Dallas: While making his 250SX debut, GEICO Honda’s Zach Bell was leading his heat race when he suffered what many believe to be the worst crash of the season. While launching off a triple, Bell’s foot caught the peak of the jump which ejected him from the bike. His body flew through the air before slamming to the dirt-covered concrete. Miraculously, Bell would walk away under his own power, advance out of the LCQ and race in his first career Main Event.
Martin Davalos Flies Off Track At Phoenix: There’s no doubt that Martin Davalos has speed, but he often struggles to keep it on two wheels. That was the case at Round 2 in Phoenix, Ariz. He was setting up a pass for the lead on Joey Savatgy when he cased the jump and was launched from his Kawasaki. Davalos’ body clipped the top of the berm before being sent off the track. Like Bell, Davalos was uninjured and advanced out of the LCQ later in the night. He finished on the podium in the 250SX Main Event.
Ryan Villopoto Crashes Three Times In Season Opener: Ryan Villopoto’s quest for a third straight title did not begin as most would expect. The Monster Energy Kawasaki ace struggled out of the gates in the season opener and would have to work his way through the field. On Lap 5, Villopoto overshot the turn while battling with Josh Grant for ninth. He managed to keep the bike on two wheels and re-entered the track in 13th.
Four laps later, Villopoto was working on James Stewart for eighth when he hit a tough block. The collision resulted in a hard crash which sent Villopoto over the bars. In case that wasn’t bad enough, Villopoto would later complete the trifecta by crashing a third and final time. He finished 16th, but thankfully was uninjured.
Villopoto Crashes Out Of Monster Energy Cup: Villopoto looked to be well on his way to a second career Monster Energy Cup Championship after winning the first Main Event. Villopoto was in contention for the win in Main Event No. 2 before failing to miss the mandatory joke lane – which would have resulted in a five-position penalty. Bad turned to worse for Villopoto as he crash hard over the tabletop later in the lap. The three-time Supercross Champion managed to walk away, but would miss the third moto.