2021 Atlanta 2 Supercross Recap

A smashing evening for Round 14 of the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross series held Tuesday at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Atlanta, GA - the second of three straight rounds at the venue - as two contenders each saved their Championship hopes but in far different circumstances.

In the 450 class, Ken Roczen got his first win since Round 6, (hopefully) ending any talks of a mid-season slump and gained nine points on leader Cooper Webb who finished sixth. Webb grabbed the holeshot but quickly fell from the lead after Roczen took charge and checked out. A few minutes later, Chase Sexton passed Webb for second and holding on to that spot for the rest of the race. Webb also didn’t have much in the tank for Jason Anderson who worked his way into fourth after five minutes and finished third on the night. Then with less than a minute left a battle for fourth with Justin Barcia ended in a tip over for Webb dropping him to sixth-place as Eli Tomac slipped into the fifth position while Webb scrambled to get up.

It was the worst finish for Webb since his opening round ninth-place and his first time outside the Top 3 since Round 5. As a result, his lead over Roczen falls to 13 points with three rounds remaining. The fifth-place for Tomac, who won Atlanta 1 on Saturday, got him a point closer to the lead but his hopes to defend his championship continue to diminish with 35 points needed to catch Webb.

Anderson rode hot all night after Alex Ray landed on him in their Heat race forcing the 2018 Champion into the LCQ which he obliterated. After the midair collision where Ray got crossed up on a jump, Anderson offered a few thoughts to Ray - getting in his face - before climbing onboard his downed dirt bike and finishing the race less than a second out of the Heat qualifying spot. Nonetheless, he looked fired up thereafter getting his second podium of the season.

In the 250 West class Justin Cooper got his third win of the season and second in the last two rounds but the talk of the night was all about Cameron McAdoo who managed to not only race after one of the gnarliest crashes in a long time, but finished third.

McAdoo face-planted on the front of the over-under jump then, with his leg appearing caught in the front fender and tire, momentum flipped him over with his dirt bike on top of the bridge. He was slow getting up, looking a bit dazed while medics attended to him and he held his left wrist clearly looking like his night was done. This crash coming just three days after McAdoo tumbled over the side of the same over under bridge during his Heat race on Saturday.

The Main, less than three minutes in, was red flagged giving time for McAdoo to gather his bearings. He was seen pleading his case to line-up and eventually cleared. He started fourth, worked into second then fell to third with two laps remaining but held off Nate Thrasher, winner of the previous round, in the waning moments. He admitted post-race just how beat up he was once the adrenaline wore off.

As a result, McAdoo lost just five points to Cooper instead of a possible 25 which likely would have ended any championship hopes, and holds on to second-place in the standings, nine back of the lead. Cooper who fell off the podium for three rounds after winning the West opener in Orlando now has three straight podiums. Hunter Lawrence finished second.

Supercross remains in Atlanta for Round 15 with the gate drop at 4 p.m. (PST) Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Until then, live Atlanta 2 all again.

2021 Atlanta 2 Supercross