ELLENTON, FL – April 9, 2020 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Never, in the sport’s 47-year history have three little words meant so much to Supercross fans around the world. With these three little words, a significant question was answered regarding the 2020 Monster Energy Supercross Championship season, which like all other sports was forced to cancel or postpone events due to the global pandemic.
Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, Supercross fans were experiencing one of the best seasons in recent memory. The series was averaging close to 50,000 fans per race going into Round 10 in Daytona with record highs in Anaheim (45,050/43,106), Arlington (62,105) and Atlanta (59,743). Front runners Ken Roczen and Eli Tomac were tied in points and Cooper Webb made a heroic comeback after being injured in Arlington to not only just race, but land on the podium after putting in a herculean effort. Justin Barcia, after winning the Anaheim Opener also put in one of his strongest races to date overcoming a 15th place start to earn a second-place finish while keeping him within 23 points of the leaders.
Fan-favorite Ken Roczen signing an autograph at the podium right after his Main Event win
at Round 9 in Atlanta.
You can’t make this stuff up.
In Daytona, it was Eli Tomac with the herculean effort after Ken Roczen ran out front for the first 14 laps of the 18-Lap race, only to make a minor mistake and be overtaken by Tomac on Lap 15. This type of late race surge has become a trademark of Tomac’s but has rarely been seen between these two top athletes, primarily because of where the two have found themselves in the points battle over the year and season-ending injuries to Roczen for the past two seasons.
Eli Tomac is known for late race surges and his trademark style put him in the points lead at Round 10 in Daytona where he will remain until the 2020 season resumes later in the year.
All of this, and two-time Champion Chad Reed doing a retirement tour. Reed’s “one last ride” was proving unique as most athletes don’t exit their respective sport on their own terms. Every time Reed lined up, he was breaking another record and the fans loved him for it. Fans cheered enthusiastically during opening ceremonies and waiting in long lines at FanFest to meet the most decorated, international Supercross athletes – of all time. This “one last ride” tours important the Chad, to fans worldwide, and to the sport.
Chad Reed poses with his children prior to the race in Atlanta as the family practiced their special opening ceremonies introduction.
The racing has been just as exceptional in both the Eastern Regional and Western Regional 250SX Class Championships as both have their reigning champions atop the leaderboard defending their respective titles. Eighteen points separate Chase Sexton, Shane McElrath and RJ Hampshire in the East and thirteens point separate Dylan Ferrandis, Justin Cooper and Austin Forkner in the West.
Dave Prater, Senior Director of Operations – Two Wheel, recently did a whirlwind media tour and discussed what is next for the sport and the 2020 season. Again, like all other sports, a lot remains up in the air at-the-moment, but one thing was made very clear in that the championship was not over and that we are committed to finishing out the season and crowning three respective champions.
When and where is still in the works but Round 11 – 17 will be races.
It’s not over indeed, and we like you can’t wait to get back to racing to see how this epic season continues to unfold.
About Monster Energy Supercross:
Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, is the most competitive and highest-profile off-road motorcycle racing championship on the planet visiting 13 different states in 2020. Founded in America and sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) in 1974, Supercross is currently co-sanctioned by the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), the official global governing body for motorcycle racing, thus making it a formal World Championship. Over 17 weeks and a million-dollar All-Star Race, Supercross attracts some of the largest and most impressive crowds inside the most recognizable and prestigious stadiums in North America to race in front of nearly one million live fans and broadcast to millions more worldwide. For more information, visit SupercrossLIVE.com.
About Feld Entertainment, Inc.:
Feld Entertainment® is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that bring people together and uplift the human spirit. Properties include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Marvel Universe LIVE!, Sesame Street Live!, Jurassic World Live Tour and DreamWorks Trolls The Experience. Across the brand portfolio, Feld Entertainment has entertained millions of families in more than 75 countries and on six continents. Visit feldentertainment.com for more information.
About the American Motorcyclist Association:
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit americanmotorcyclist.com.
Source: Feld Entertainment, Inc.