Following a recent announcement from Feld Entertainment, Inc., most competitors have said they are ready to race the final seven rounds of the 2020 AMA Supercross Championship at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Beginning on May 31 and running through until June 21, the final seven made-for-TV races are scheduled to take place twice a week (Sunday and Wednesday) for four consecutive weeks and each race will be broadcast on NBC networks without fans in attendance.
The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team is pleased to confirm that reigning 450SX Champion Cooper Webb is certainly one rider who is ready to go.
Webb, who has often expressed his desire to continue racing, currently sits third overall in the championship standings after round 10 at Daytona (back in early March, prior to the COVID-19 disturbance) as he continues his quest to maintain the No.1 plate.
“I know it was questionable as to whether or not we would get to finish the season but I feel as professional supercross racers it’s our job to be ready to race and we do our jobs whenever called upon,” said Webb.
“With that being said, it also gives us an opportunity to grow our sport, give people jobs back and give all the fans a chance to see us race on TV while we do everything possible to stay safe and continue practicing social distancing.”
Roger De Coster, Director of Motorsports, KTM GROUP, said: “We are so happy to finally have this plan in place. We started feeling pretty bored after being off for this long without racing and now there is a sensation of life and energy again. And, it is cool for Supercross to be one of the first professional sports back!”
The AMA Supercross Schedule:
Round 11 (250SX East) Sunday, May 31.
Round 12 (250SX East) Wednesday, June 3
Round 13 (250SX East) Sunday, June 7.
Round 14 (250SX West) Wednesday, June 10.
Round 15 (250SX West) Sunday, June 14.
Round 16 (250SX East) Wednesday, June 17.
Round 17 (250SX East/West) Sunday, June 21.
According to Feld Entertainment’s release, the responsible return to racing will provide guidelines and protocols to competitors and essential staff that complies with all federal, state and local health guidance and mandates. Mitigation efforts include mandated pre-screening, testing, temperature checks, face masks, increased sanitation efforts and social distancing to limit contact among individuals executing the events.
The stadium will assist with the implementation and execution of the plan.
Additionally, Supercross, in partnership with the Alpinestars Medical Unit, has a trained medical team of seven professionals to assist on-site.
NBC Sports will present the final seven, made-for-TV races across NBC, NBCSN & NBCSports.com. Races will also be available to domestic livestream subscribers via the NBC Sports Gold “Supercross Pass” and internationally via the Supercross Video Pass.
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The 450cc class highlights from round 10 at Daytona in March:
450SX Class Championship Standings after round 10 at Daytona:
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (226)
- Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (223)
- Cooper Webb, Clermont, Fla., KTM (197)
- Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha (195)
- Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna (170)
- Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda (152)
- Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Honda (141)
- Justin Brayton, Charlotte, N.C., Honda (129)
- Dean Wilson, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna (129)
- Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki (128)