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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
WHAT IS MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS?
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS, AMSOIL ARENACROSS AND MOTOCROSS?
Motocross is an off-road motorcycle race run on natural terrain, with few man-made obstacles. Unlike motocross, Monster Energy Supercross can be viewed from every seat in the house. AMSOIL Arenacross, like supercross, takes place on a man-made surface, but the arenas and tracks are on a much smaller scale. The competitors in arenacross events and Monster Energy Supercross are considered world class racers from an international pool of talent.
HOW LONG IS A MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS SEASON?
In 2015, Monster Energy Supercross will host 17 races, beginning in Anaheim, California, January 3 and ending in Las Vegas on May 2, where the champions will be crowned.
WHAT DO ALL THOSE ABBREVIATIONS STAND FOR?
This type of motorcycle racing carries a number of abbreviations. “SX” is widely used to represent the sport of supercross, “MX” for motocross, “AX” for arenacross, “FMX” for freestyle motocross, etc. The two racing classes are known as the 450SX Class (for 250cc two-stroke and 450cc four-stroke machinery) and the 250SX Class (for 125cc two-stroke and 250cc four-stroke equipment).
WHICH MOTORCYCLE MANUFACTURERS PARTICIPATE?
Like NASCAR’s “big four,” supercross has its “big six” major manufacturers on the track. Honda, Husqvarna, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki and Yamaha all field teams for each race.
HOW DIFFERENT ARE THE BIKES THEY RACE FROM THE ONES I CAN BUY?
Supercross motorcycles may look the same as the ones on the showroom floor, but the similarities end there. Completely “tricked-out” supercross bikes cost as much as $80,000 and are built from the ground up with custom components. The average fan can buy the same model motorcycle with factory standard parts for less than $10,000 at a local dealership.
HOW OLD ARE MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS RIDERS?
Many of the top riders are between the ages of 18- 21, with professional eligibility at age 16. The average supercross rider is 25 years old, with a career span that can last until their early 30s.
WHO ARE THE STARS OF MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS?
Former 450SX Class champions Ryan Dungey, Justin Barcia, Trey Canard, Davi Milsaps, Ken Roczen and Chad Reed are some of the sport’s most recognizable names. Some of the emerging stars of the sport are Dean Wilson, Eli Tomac and Jason Anderson.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE MOTORCYCLES USED IN THE DIFFERENT CLASSES OF COMPETITION?
The 250cc four-stroke and 450cc four-stroke are heavier and faster than the 125cc two-stroke and 250cc two-stroke. Faster in the straight-aways and quicker out of the turns, the 250cc and 450cc four-stroke bikes are the formidable bikes in each respective class.
HOW CAN I GET STARTED IN MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS RACING?
Most young riders get started at the local level, training on nearby tracks to hone their racing skills. The majority of the racers competing on the Monster Energy Supercross tour enjoyed success on the highly competitive amateur championship circuit, which includes AMSOIL Amateur National Arenacross Championship and the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National Motocross Championship.
WHAT KIND OF SAFETY EQUIPMENT DO THE RIDERS USE?
All Monster Energy Supercross riders are required to wear safety equipment, including helmets, racing pants, boots, gloves and goggles. Many also use chest protectors, shoulder pads and kidney belts for added protection. Safety equipment is at the forefront of racing development, including neck braces to prevent spinal cord injuries.
HOW MANY RIDERS COMPETE IN A SINGLE RACE?
Monster Energy Supercross races can have more than 150 riders vying for a spot in the finals. Qualifying heats whittle the field down to 40 riders for the final two races. The 450SX Class Main Event features 22 riders, as does the 250SX Class finale.
HOW LONG ARE THE RACES?
Main Event races for the 450SX Class run 20 laps and the 250SX Class goes 15, but a supercross event begins well before rider introductions in the early evening. Practice laps and qualifying heats begin in the afternoon, with other exciting activities, such as autograph sessions and open paddock areas at most venues, going on throughout the day.
HOW DOES THE POINTS SYSTEM WORK?
Points are only awarded in the Main Events. The top finisher receives 25 points, with 22 for second, 20 for third, 18 for fourth and 16 for fifth. Sixth place receives 15 points, with each place below receiving one point less.
CAN I SEE MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS ON TELEVISION?
For the first time ever, the East Rutherford, New Jersey. race at MetLife Stadium will air live on FOX network at 3:00 P.M. ET, and the entire Monster Energy Supercross season will air live on FOX Sports. FOX Sports 1 will air 12 races live and FOX Sports 2 will air three races live, in addition to every race re-airing on FOX Sports 2. The live Monster Energy Supercross programming on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 also includes live coverage on the authenticated FOX Sports GO app.
HOW MANY FANS ATTEND THE RACES?
In 2014 an all-time attendance figure was set, with 876,370 fans attending Monster Energy Supercross races, often out-drawing the home NFL/MLB teams on their own turf.
HOW FAST DO THE RIDERS GO? HOW HIGH DO THEY JUMP?
Speeds vary depending on the track, but you can expect to see competitors going in excess of 60 mph at a typical supercross race. Riders soar as far as 70 feet in distance, while flying as high as a three-story building off jumps called “triples.”
IS IT EXPENSIVE TO ATTEND A MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS RACE?
Supercross is an extremely affordable, fan-friendly and family-oriented event. Fans can purchase a ticket to a Monster Energy Supercross race for as low as $10 in most markets. Compare that to the average ticket prices for the NFL, NBA, NHL and NASCAR, which have tickets that are more than $100.
HOW MUCH DIRT IS NEEDED TO BUILD A SUPERCROSS TRACK, AND WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?
The Feld Motor Sports® track crew brings in roughly 500 truckloads of dirt for each contest, which equals roughly 1.5 million pounds. It takes a crew of seven with construction equipment about three days to build the course. The soil is stored year-round and used for various motorsports events, including Monster Jam®.