2021 Arlington Three Supercross | Race Preview
Our time in Texas is almost over. Riders are ready for the 2021 Arlington Three Supercross, the twelfth round of the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross Series, and the third race in seven days at AT&T Stadium. We’ve been at it for a while now and the total number of laps, plus the short turnaround time between races, has taken a toll on riders in the field. Fortunately, this checkered flag will bring a two-week break from the action and give everyone a chance to regroup before the last leg of the series.
Tuesday night’s race was excellent. Sure, you might have thought the freight train at the front of the pack was boring, but in reality, we saw a straight-up battle between the top three racers in the sport at a key time in the championship. Cooper Webb was dominant, as he took the lead in the first turn, never waivered under pressure, and pulled further ahead in the final stages of the long race. The Red Bull KTM rider was rewarded with a few more points than the rest, and he’s now up by a double-digit margin on the competition. Eli Tomac got a much-needed start, sat behind Webb for much of the Main Event, and teed up a charge in the closing laps, only to have a mistake entering the whoops wipe away the progress. The effort reminded everyone that the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider has the speed and the drive to go for the win and how a small error can have a big impact on a rider’s final result. All of that could have changed if Ken Roczen could have cut a tighter line in the first turn; the Team Honda HRC rider came into the corner a little hot and went from a possible holeshot to further back in the field. Roczen quickly made up for this, got into third place, and tailed the Webb and Tomac for the rest of the race.
Can these three find each other again? That sort of scenario is a rarity in Supercross, especially with riders like Anderson-Plessinger-Stewart-Sexton-Ferrandis all showing podium-level pace.
Four winners in four races, plus at least one rough result per rider, have kept the 250 West Coast region point standings very close. Hunter Lawrence has taken over the top spot with 84 points, Cameron McAdoo is second at 83 points, and Justin Cooper is third at 82 points. This sort of incredible and unpredictable racing is what we love about the “development division” and tonight’s race will be important for all three contenders; they’ll know how every position-pass-point will impact their rank going into the two weeks off and the final four rounds of their region.
We end the time in Texas with another all-new track. Dirt Wurx moved a lot of dirt in the days between races, angled the starting gate a few degrees, and hauled in some sand for a track that’s looks like it will be fast and flowing. Tuesday’s shorter chutes, walls, and elevated turn have been replaced with long rhythms, a standard-issue whoop section, an endzone triple jump, and four mounds of sand-clay that will slow the pack down just before the finish line. The bowl turns should help riders link together sections and go for passes, but the flat corners will be less ideal. Lap times have become a talking point lately, and although we haven’t seen a lap on this track yet, all indications make it look like it’ll be another quick course.
2021 ARLINGTON THREE SUPERCROSS
250 WEST COAST REGION
PROVISIONAL ENTRY LIST
31. Cameron McAdoo
32. Justin Cooper
35. Mitchell Harrison
39. Carson Mumford
41. Hunter Lawrence | The Team Honda HRC rider leads the West Coast region championship.
47. Jalek Swoll
48. Garrett Marchbanks
50. Enzo Lopes
56. Kyle Peters
59. Jarrett Frye
60. Chris Blose
67. Stilez Robertson | The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider missed sat out Tuesday’s Main Event due to a foot injury, but is on the entry list for Arlington Three.
68. Jace Owen | The CLUBMX rider has a completely torn ACL in his knee, but plans to complete the season.
69. Robbie Wageman
72. Coty Schock
73. Derek Kelley
75. Ty Masterpool
77. Jerry Robin
80. Jordon Smith | The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider’s ongoing thumb issues led to a crash at Orlando Two, a run-in with another rider’s footpeg at Daytona required 20 stitches and a left him with a sore tailbone, and a crash in the Main Event at Arlington One. He will be on the line for Arlington Three.
91. Nate Thrasher
92. Chase Marquier
93. Hardy Munoz
118. Cheyenne Harmon
120. Todd Bannister
121. Chris Howell
138. David Pulley
150. Seth Hammaker
155. Nathan Augustin
157. Hunter Calle
158. Tre Fierro
201. Cedric Soubeyras
204. Kyle Greeson
208. Logan Leitzel
220. Ramyller Alves
242. Garrett Hoffman
246. Chance Blackburn
259. Corbin Hayes
281. Cory Carsten
300. Casey Keast
321. Bradley Lionnet
357. Kameron Barboa
412. Jared Lesher
428. Chad Stonier
434. Dustin Winter
446. Blaine Silveira
460. Michael Hicks
464. Dominique Thury
504. Gerhard Matamoros
528. Ryan Peters
538. Addison Emory
611. Calvin Fonvieille
645. Colby Copp
647. Matthew Hubert
726. Gared Steinke
767. Mason Wharton
830. Ezra Lewis
951. Ryan Surratt
MISSING FROM THE LIST
6. Jeremy Martin | The Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha rider is absent from the lineup after dislocating his shoulder at the opening round. It’s unclear how long Martin will be sidelined, but he is already back on the bike.
26. Alex Martin | The Manluk/Rock River Yamaha/Merge Racing rider will miss Arlington Three due to a recent wrist injury; Martin was hopeful to race this weekend and will likely return for the Atlanta events.
33. Derek Drake | The BARX/Chaparral/ECSTAR/Suzuki rider had a compound fracture of his femur in December, but is already back on the bike. He will sit out the Orlando race, but will join the field later in the season.
45. Pierce Brown | The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing rider will miss the rest of the Arlington races due to a broken thumb.
53. Jake Masterpool | The Supercross rookie will sit out Arlington Three after a number of crashes took a toll on his body.
61. Joey Crown | The CLUBMX rider will miss an undetermined amount of time due to a concussion he suffered at Daytona.
63. Martin Castelo | The JMC Motorsports Husqvarna rider is dealing with an ongoing issue in his hand (fractured bone, ligament damage) that will require surgery. After a crash at Daytona, Castelo has decided to sit out Arlington.
65. Carson Brown | The JMC Motorsports Husqvarna rider will miss upcoming rounds of the Supercross series due to a dislocated elbow at the opening round. Brown intends to return for the final portion of the West Coast region.
66. Jordan Bailey | The Florida racer will be sidelined for an undetermined amount of time due to a crash and shoulder injury at Arlington Two.
90. Dilan Schwartz | The BARX/Chaparral/ECSTAR/Suzuki rider will sit out Arlington after crash at Daytona left him beaten up. He will return at a later date.
137. Sean Cantrell | The BARX Motorsports/Chaparral/ECSTAR/Suzuki rider broke his collarbone at the opening round and had it plated in order to return to action as soon as possible.
142. Dakota Alix | The PRMX Racing rider will miss an undetermined amount of races due to a recent back injury.
182. Izaih Clark | The TiLube Honda rider had a hard crash in Timed Qualifying at Arlington One and will be absent from Arlington Two.
483. Bryton Carroll | The Northeast racer will broke his sternum, ribs, and foot in a crash at the Daytona Supercross. He will miss an undetermined amount of time.
711. Tristan Lane | The Florida privateer suffered an AC joint separation and concussion at the opening round, injuries that will sideline him for an undetermined amount of time.
815. Colton Eigenmann | The Florida racer twisted his knee on Tuesday and will sit out Arlington Three.,
837. Bryson Gardner | The Team BWR rider will miss an uncertain number of races due to compression fractures of his L2 vertebra and a fracture of the pelvis.
2021 ARLINGTON THREE SUPERCROSS
PROVISIONAL ENTRY LIST
1. Eli Tomac
2. Cooper Webb | The Red Bull KTM rider leads the 450 Class championship.
7. Aaron Plessinger
11. Kyle Chisholm
14. Dylan Ferrandis
15. Dean Wilson
17. Joey Savatgy
19. Justin Bogle
20. Broc Tickle
21. Jason Anderson
23. Chase Sexton
25. Marvin Musquin | The Red Bull KTM rider had a hard crash at Arlington One and sat out Arlington Two, but rode during the week and is on the entry list for Arlington Three.
27. Malcolm Stewart
28. Brandon Hartranft
34. Max Anstie
36. Martin Davalos
40. Vince Friese
44. Tyler Bowers
49. Mitchell Oldenburg | With Brayton sidelined, Muc-Off Honda has brought Oldenburg back to the 450 Class.
51. Justin Barcia
70. Henry Miller
81. Justin Starling
83. Alex Ray
85. Kevin Moranz
87. Curren Thurman
88. Logan Karnow
94. Ken Roczen
114. Nick Schmidt
124. Lane Shaw
141. Richard Taylor
184. Scott Champion
193. Hunter Schlosser
280. Cade Clason
282. Theodore Pauli
309. Jeremy Smith
330. AJ Catanzaro
421. Vann Martin
447. Deven Raper
501. Scotty Wennerstrom
512. Austin Cozzad
519. Josh Cartwright | After missing the first part of the season with an ankle injury, the PRMX Racing rider will make his return to competition at Arlington.
597. Mason Kerr
606. Ronnie Stewart
637. Bobby Piazza
848. Joan Cros
976. Josh Greco
MISSING FROM THE LIST
4. Blake Baggett | A contract dispute with Rocky Mountain ATV-MC/WPS/KTM and recent surgery have put Baggett’s career on pause for the time being.
9. Adam Cianciarulo | The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider is expected to miss multiple rounds due to a broken collarbone.
10. Justin Brayton | The Muc-Off Honda rider injured his hand in a Heat Race crash at Arlington Two and will miss an undetermined amount of time.
12. Shane McElrath | The SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts/Honda rider is dealing with pain in his back, something similar to the issues he faced in 2019, and will sit out Arlington Three. He is hopeful to return in Atlanta.
16. Zach Osborne | The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider has a bulging disc in his lower back and will miss Arlington.
37. Benny Bloss | The SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts/Honda rider injured his foot at Arlington Two and will sit out Arlington Three.
43. Fredrik Noren | The privateer suffered a compound fracture to his femur at Arlington One and will sit out Arlington Three.
57. Justin Rodbell | The SGB Racing/Babbitts Online/Kawasaki rider will an undetermined amount of time due to a knee injury.
76. Grant Harlan | The TiLube Honda rider suffered a small brain bleed, broken elbow, and broken wrist in a crash at Daytona. He has been released from the hospital and will miss an undetermined amount of time.
99. Hunter Sayles | The Illinois privateer tore his ACL and partial tore his LCL when he cased a jump at Arlington One. He will undergo surgery and sit out the rest of the season.
216. Devin Harriman | The Washington racer is dealing with an assortment of hand and elbow injuries.
722. Adam Enticknap | The Twisted Tea/HEP Motorsports/Suzuki rider will miss Daytona due to a broken collarbone. He will return later in the season.
805. Carlen Gardner | The Team BWR rider suffered an arm injury in the LCQ at Arlington One and will sit out Arlington Two.
824. Carter Stephenson | The privateer will miss the rest of the season due to a broken wrist, fractured sternum, and two broken ribs.
952. Ludovic Macler | The French rider has finished his time limited time racing in the US with Team PRMX.
974. Brian Marty | The privateer suffered a separated AC joint, broken elbow, and broken rib in a practice crash and will undergo surgery to correct the damage. He hopes to be back later in the season.
981. Austin Politelli | The HRT-backed privateer has been dealing with lingering symptoms from a concussion and another hard crash at Daytona has put him on the sidelines for Arlington.