Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, is an off-road motorcycle racing competition, produced inside the world’s premier stadiums, where dirt is brought in and sculpted using construction equipment. Some of the world’s greatest athletes compete in what has been described as the most physically demanding sport in existence.
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.
In 2017, Monster Energy Supercross will host 17 races, beginning in Anaheim, California, January 7 and ending in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 6.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Two-time champion Chad Reed, Ken Roczen, Eli Tomac, Justin Barcia, Jason Anderson, Marvin Musquin and Cooper Webb are some of the sport’s most recognizable names.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Points are only awarded in the Main Events. The top finisher receives 26 points, with 23 for second, 21 for third, 19 for fourth and 18 for fifth. Sixth place receives 17 points, with each place below receiving one point less.
Yes. The entire Monster Energy Supercross season will air across the FOX family of networks (FOX, FS1, FS2 and streaming LIVE on FSGo). You can view up-to-date TV listings here.
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.”
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.
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