Future Supercross star Haiden Deegan finished on the podium in a Supercross race in Detroit for the second time in his still very young professional career. However, his preliminary duel with Jordon Smith provided more topics of conversation.
“It’s great to be back on the podium here. It was pretty cool racing, »said Haiden Deegan. The youngster was involved in a spectacular collision with his Star Racing team-mate Jordon Smith in the heat race after the two brawlers had skirmished over several corners with various, at times provocative, block-pass maneuvers. Deegan had pushed Smith slightly to the outside right after the start in the first left turn.
Bitter for the Yamaha works team: For Smith, who was a title contender until Detroit, the day was over. He later failed to make it into the main event via the repechage.
In the final run, Deegan initially drove to P4. Later, however, he passed Heat winner Jeremy Martin with a skillful block pass, which then meant P3.
Deegan also gained a lot of ground in the table with his 21 points from Detroit. Smith’s retirement and the crash of Britain’s Max Anstie (Honda) pushed Deegan up the standings to 3rd – just five points adrift of his Yamaha teammate Nate Thrasher.