Feud in US Supercross ends in fight
Rider decides not to 'talk it out', punches other rider mid-race instead
A lot is made about the incredible skill required to compete in the top echelons of professional motorsports, but round one of the 2016 Monster Energy AMA Supercross championship in California saw stakes rise to include elements of boxing and MMA brawling as two riders came to blows mid-race.
The protagonists are Weston Peick and Vince Friese, both competing in the 450 class. The pair had been battling for several laps during one of their heats, with Peick on the receiving end of some no-nonsense, get-out-of-my-way–style riding, and as the pair clattered together, Peick tossed any notions of subtlety out the window; striking Friese while the rider still donned his helmet.
While we would never condone violence ... it's clear to see that this overflow of emotion and left-hand jabs was prompted by some debatably shabby sportsmanship from Friese. Still, Peick was disqualified from the race for his actions.
Ah American motorsport, please don't change.