Ready, Set, Race!


5/30/2020


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We're back! After a 10-week break, AMA Supercross is finally set to resume tomorrow, May 31. The season will pick up where it left off, with Rounds 11-17 all slated for one location – Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. The reality of the coronavirus pandemic forced the AMA and promoter Feld Entertainment to take extraordinary action to get this 2020 Supercross season completed. For the next three weeks, we’ll see two races per week – three on Wednesdays, four on Sundays – with the final round and East/West showdown on Sunday, June 21 (Father’s Day). All will be televised on NBC Sports Network and the NBC Sports Gold app,  with the final being on the NBC network’s primary channel.

 

Round 11   Sunday, May 31                        1–4 p,m. MT

Round 12   Wednesday, June 3                  8–11 p.m. MT

Round 13   Sunday, June 7                          3–6 p.m. MT

Round 14   Wednesday, June 10                5–8 p.m. MT

Round 15   Sunday, June 14                        5–8 p.m. MT

Round 16   Wednesday, June 17                5–8 p.m. MT

Round 17   Sunday, June 21                        1–4 p.m. MT

 

TV Schedule
Qualifying LIVE on 
NBC Sports Gold at 9:30 a.m. PT
Night Show LIVE on 
NBC Sports Gold and Video Pass at noon PT
Night Show LIVE on NBCSN at noon PT
LIVE Switch to NBC at 2 p.m. PT

 

This is unprecedented in the history of our sport. The measures necessary to meet Utah’s public-gathering restrictions during the pandemic are extraordinary, as well. Most importantly, there will be no “actual” fans in the stands during the event. What Feld has come up with, though, is a way for fans to “virtually” be there in a unique way:

 

Monster Energy Supercross fans now have the opportunity to show their support for the riders, teams and sport during the remaining seven races by becoming a SX Superfan and purchasing a custom created poster. Posters will be positioned in seats at Rice-Eccles Stadium and those who purchase will also have the chance to be featured during the made-for-tv races broadcast across NBC networks and access to exclusive video conference calls from behind the scenes in Salt Lake City. Details on how to become a SX SuperFan can be found HERE.

 

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Each team will be isolated, and interaction with any person outside the team’s "bubble" will be minimal. Masks are required of everyone in attendance (except the racers while on their bikes), and every person at the event is required to pass a COVID-19 test. In addition, anyone leaving the state and returning is required to again take a test, which, with it’s 48-hour turnaround for results, means nobody will be leaving the area until all seven races have been completed. This twist alone will be a huge challenge for many of the racers, who will be living in their RV or hotel or rental or three weeks, away from loved ones.

 

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The location itself at the University of Utah’s football stadium is just high enough in elevation (4,600 feet) that fitness and ability to perform will certainly factor in. Additionally, the engines of the 450 and 250cc machines will make a bit less power than they would closer to sea level. This gives a bit of an advantage to riders who live and train at higher elevations, and by “any riders”, we mean particularly points leader Eli Tomac. Born and raised in Cortez, Colorado, and training his whole life at more than 6,000 feet, he’s used to decreased power and oxygen for his body. He’s also physiologically at an advantage, because he’ll likely recover more quickly, which will be a huge factor with this super compact schedule.

 

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For the racing, we’ll be picking up where we left off after the Daytona event. Tomac comes in with a miniscule 3-point lead over Ken Roczen, who should be coming in quite fresh and ready to win. Roczen may be at a bit of an advantage, because he has family and a track in Utah, which may allow him to get a break from the of riders and staff  close to the stadium.

 

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Just behind those two is the ever-present No. 1 KTM of Cooper Webb. Perhaps a bit of an underdog for the title, Webb can't be counted out. He will be very good on what’s likely to be a very tight and slick track. And he historically has had some good performances at Rice-Eccles. Cool as a cat and as fast as anyone on the track, Webb should very much factor in this championship chase. He always just seems to be there when mistakes are made up front, allowing him to sneak into better positions toward the end of the race. With tracks like we’ll see for these rounds, in addition to all of the other variables thrown in, there’s sure to be a lot of mistakes made. Webb is 29 points out of the lead heading into SLC race 1.

 

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A couple more points back, and 100 percent healthy and ready to win, is, of course, Justin Barcia. The winner of the season opener in Anaheim is always looking to make a splash and is the last rider who has a reasonable shot at pulling off the 2020 AMA Supercross 450SX title. 


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Another wild card will be the return of Adam Cianciarulo. With all the speed to win main events and nothing to lose, AC92 will be a huge factor for each 450 main and could play spoiler if he can get between Tomac and Roczen.

 

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The first few rounds will be 250 East Regional events, where we’ll watch defending champ Chase Sexton try to extend his 10-point lead over Shane McElrath. A bit of an underdog prior to his dominant Daytona win and fourth in points is Kawasaki-mounted Garrett Marchbanks, who seems to really be coming into his own and will no doubt be a factor for every win in this final few rounds for the East. R.J. Hampshire actually sits ahead of Marchbanks by just 1 point, so he’ll be one to keep an eye on, as well.

 

Long story short: We are in for an incredible, intense and unprecedented conclusion to AMA Supercross for the 2020 season. After no racing for months, we’re about to be inundated with it, and we couldn’t be more delighted. Be sure to tune in to the variety of TV coverage, check the live timing and scoring right on this site, and keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram feeds for updates throughout each race.


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