Ken Roczen
Ken Roczen, pictured at the New Jersey Supercross round. (HEP/Chase Lennemann photo)

Roczen, Sexton Crash Out Of Nashville Supercross

The dominoes fell one right after another, and for a second consecutive year, the injuries piled up at the Nashville, Tenn., round of Monster Energy AMA Supercross.

Chase Sexton was the first to go, plowing his No. 1 Red Bull KTM into the ground in the bowl turn located directly after the mechanic’s area. After taking a moment to get his bearings, Sexton stood up on his own accord and walked off the track.

He was unable to finish the main event, which will push him out of his third-place rank in the 450SX standings. Prior to the crash, Sexton was only 15 points behind points leader Jett Lawrence and Cooper Webb. 

An update was given during the post-race press conference that Sexton was “banged up, but okay.” The team explained that a rock hit the throttle, which then stuck as he rode into the corner, causing the incident. 

The reigning Supercross champion plans to be back in action next Saturday in Philadelphia, Pa. 

Next was Ken Roczen, who’s wreck appeared significantly more violent.

Roczen’s No. 94 Suzuki began pouring out smoke in the whoop section, resulting in the H.E.P. Motorsports rider toppling over the handlebars at the end of the section and crashing hard into the dirt. The bike acted something like a bucking bronco by the end of it.

It took several minutes for Roczen to stand, which he did with the help of the Alpinestars medical crew. He was limping on his left leg when he attempted to walk. As the fan-favorite rider was carted out of the stadium, he raised his hand to wave at the crowd, who cheered in return.

The No. 94 was scored with a 21st-place finish. Following the race, the team shared that Roczen had a few bruised bones, but nothing was broken during the crash. No announcement was made on his anticipated return date. 

This story was updated at 11:32 p.m. (CT).