While the start of the 2020 Supercross season is still more than five months away, fans get extremely excited for October because that’s when Monster Energy Cup takes place each year. This year race fans will be in for a real treat as Feld Entertainment and track development team have completely flipped things in reverse—literally—by challenging the riders to compete on three different track layouts, one of which will be riding the course in reverse.
Racer X got the scoop on the concept for the event this year and has a full article explaining in detail what’s taking place. Essentially there is one main starting area that sits at the back end of Sam Boyd Stadium (like it typically does) and it will have starting gates on both the front and backside that will be the hub for the three tracks: Inside Left, Inside Right, and Outside. The backside of the starting area will have the racers taking off outside the stadium and ripping down a short straight section that sweeps left and brings them back into the stadium.
The front side will have the racers jamming into the arena
wide open down a short start straight that splits into left and right J hooks.
In one race the riders will run in traditional fashion and go straight down
into a left hand turn. Then in another race the riders will take off down the
straight and hook into the right hand turn and run the track backwards.
According to a quote from multi-time Supercross champion
Ricky Carmichael, who helped design the track, he used to ride his personal
track backwards from time to time because it helped chop things up to where he
couldn’t develop a flow on the track. He said doing this helped him get accustomed
to other tracks where he felt like he couldn’t get a flow going. By practicing
riding a track in reverse it was less awkward when he came across tracks that
he just didn’t meld with.
The article goes in to state that the track crew will prep
the track so that it can be run both ways safely. So that means adequate runs
up to jumps in both directions and making sure the transitions and landings are
right so that the riders can clear the obstacles.
Of course there will still be the joker lane (yes the riders will have to hit that when they ride the track in reverse as well) and there will be the 1 million dollar payout for the rider that wins all three races—a la Ryan Villopoto, Marvin Musquin, and most recently Eli Tomac. There will still also be the KTM Jr. Challenge, Supermini, and 250SX Futures (amateur) events. The only difference being that those guys will only race twice and won’t race the track in reverse.
If racing at the highest level and trying to win three races
back to back for a chance at $1 mill wasn’t hard enough already, now these guys
will have to do it on three track designs and at one point run in reverse.
After Musquin and Tomac won the million in back-to-back years it’s almost as if
Feld Entertainment doesn’t want to have to give away another million. Hmmm…???