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Perfect day in Atlanta ruined for Nate Thrasher by crash, injury

Chase Sexton is back on top of the podium after taking the 450 while Hunter Lawrence continues his dominance of the 250 East class with another win in Atlanta.

Nate Thrasher suffered a broken collarbone and dislocated hip in the late stages of the Monster Energy Supercross race in Atlanta and will need to undergo surgery. A timetable for his return has not been determined.

SX Atlanta 2023 Nate Thrasher jumping

Nate Thrasher was running fourth at the time of his crash. - Feld Motor Sports

Thrasher was riding fourth when he crashed hard on Lap 7 with two minutes remaining on the clock.

Thrasher favored his shoulder as he was carted off the track by the Alpinestars medical team.

“We had a perfect day going at ATL,” Thrasher said on Instagram. “Going P1 in qualifying and then getting the heat race win. Unfortunately, I had a hard crash in the main which caused me to dislocate my hip + break my collarbone. They were able to put my hip back in place but, when I got a CAT scan they noticed a few bone fragments so we are still waiting to get surgery on that.

“I really appreciate everyone that has reached out. Thanks to my team and sponsors for all the support. I’ll keep you guys updated!”

Thrasher’s perfect day began with a win in his heat race. He was coming off a strong run in his last event in Detroit after finishing second to 250 East championship leader Hunter Lawrence for the third time in six races. Thrasher won the Triple Crown format race in Arlington and sat second in the points entering Atlanta. As a result of his crash and 19th-place finish there, which claimed only four points, he fell to fourth in the standings.

In two previous seasons on a 250cc bike, Thrasher finished seventh in 2021 and fifth in 2022 in the West division, so he was well on his way to a career best. Jordon Smith is five points back with three races remaining while Jeremy Martin (-9 points) and Chris Blose (-16) are well within striking distance if Thrasher is unable to return to Supercross with three rounds remaining.

Other 2023 Injury News

450 riders
Christian Craig, elbow
Dylan Ferrandis, concussion | May return before the end of 2023
Marvin Musquin, wrist
Malcolm Stewart, knee
Colt Nichols, head | returned at Glendale

250 riders
Stilez Robertson, leg
Cameron McAdoo, shoulder
Jalek Swoll, arm
Seth Hammaker, arm and wrist
Austin Forkner, knee | Injury isn’t the hardest part
Jo Shimoda, collarbone | returned at Atlanta