News 25 Mar 2024

Smith checked and cleared following Seattle Supercross

Alpinestars medics tested Smith for concussion post-race.

Image: Octopi Media.

Jordon Smith crashed while in second place on the 13th lap of the 250SX main event on Saturday night. Though he was able to finish the race, the Alpinestars medical crew checked Smith for a concussion immediately following the race, and Smith passed the concussion testing.

The crash happened in the rhythm section before the whoops when Smith came up short on a triple in the middle of the rhythm. The impact thrusted Smith’s chest onto his handlebars before he tipped over going up the following jump face. The Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing rider then laid there for a few moments before remounting the bike and continuing.

“Everything was going good until it wasn’t,” Smith said in an Instagram post. “Got cross rutted and came up short on the triple in the rhythm section. Knocked the breath out of myself the worst I have ever had. Couldn’t breathe for about 30 seconds and when I got back on my bike the bars were really twisted and was extremely hard to ride in the ruts to finish the race.”

Due to the twisted nature of his bike after that, Smith crashed a few more times as he came together with Hunter Yoder once and then landed off track in the same rhythm he crashed in previously and clipped a few riders when he got back on the track. He also came together with Dylan Walsh at one point as well. The aesthetics looked as though he perhaps wasn’t fully aware of his surroundings with the manner in which the crashes happened.

He ultimately brought it home in 14th place which really left a huge dent in his championship hopes. But the Alpinestars medical crew was on site right away after Smith finished to conduct testing on his wellbeing.

“The Alpinestars medical team pulled me in after the race to check for concussion symptoms even though I didn’t feel like I hit my head at all,” Smith continued. “I know it looked like I possibly hit my head during the crash, but my stomach and chest took the whole impact. I passed the concussion testing with no symptoms at all. All I can say is I’m happy I’m healthy enough to go race next weekend.”

Smith had entered the sixth round of the 250SX West Championship just one point behind championship leader Levi Kitchen. With Smith finishing 14th and Kitchen going on to take his second win of 2024, Smith dropped to 21 points behind in the championship and even slid back to third in the standings behind RJ Hampshire. Prior to the six week break in action for 250SX West, Smith had struggled at Anaheim 2 and Glendale, finishing fifth and fourth, respectively. He really needed a solid ride in Seattle to get back on the right track as the second half of the season got underway, but instead his solid result was washed away with his crash.