Red Bull KTM’s Cooper Webb will be out for the remaining Monster Energy AMA Supercross season after sustaining a concussion during a heat race crash at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., last Saturday.
Webb confirmed the injury via Instagram on Sunday and stated that “everything else has checked out okay.” Following Saturday’s heat race incident, the 27-year-old was immediately transported to a local hospital and kept overnight for observation.
He flew back home to Florida on Sunday morning.
“It hurts to have it end like this, but I can hold my head high knowing I gave it my all,” Webb wrote. “Nobody is at fault.”
The crash that propelled this chain of events occurred during the opening 450SX heat race in Nashville, with not even a single lap completed. Webb washed the front end of his No. 2 KTM while exiting a corner and fell directly in the race line of Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo.
As Cianciarulo had nowhere else to go, he made hard contact with the back of Webb’s head as he passed by on the No. 9 Kawasaki. The impact left Webb reeling on the ground for several minutes before the Alpinestars medical crew transported him off the track.
Cianciarulo also made a statement via Twitter about his part in the incident.
“The absolute worst spot you can be in as a racer. It happened so fast, and I wish I could have avoided it. I’m thinking of him and I hope he is back soon,” Cianciarulo wrote.
Tough day for me. Not because of my result, but because of that incident with Cooper in the heat race. The absolute worst spot you can be in as a racer. It happened so fast, and I wish I could have avoided it. I’m thinking of him and I hope he is back soon.— Adam Cianciarulo (@AdamCianciarulo) April 30, 2023
Heading into Nashville, Webb had been second in the championship and 11 points behind leader Eli Tomac.
Webb has now relinquished his runner-up points position to Honda HRC’s Chase Sexton, who is 18 points behind Tomac after winning his fifth career 450SX main event in Nashville.