Is The 2020 Supercross Series Going To Get Cancelled?
By far one of the most exciting and closest Supercross series we've epxerienced in years is in a very precarious situation. With only three points seperating series leader Eli Tomac from 2nd place Ken Roczen this is the closest point spread after 10 rounds of racing in the past seven years. Back in 2013 Ryan Villopoto had only a two point lead over Davi Millsaps after 10 rounds of racing. As thrilling as this season has been there is the real threat that it could all come to a premature end due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It was announced that the 13th round in Seattle was cancelled and about an hour ago it was announced there would be no fans for Saturday's race in Indianapolis, as per Indiana's governor. Now there's rumbling that the Indy race will be cancelled altogether because the personnel required for the race teams, media coverage, stadium facilities, track prep and race officiating will exceed the 250 group gathering maximum.
If Indy gets nixed then what? This weekend's Monster Jam event at Detroit's Ford Field was just cancelled, and that's the where the 12th round of the Supercross series will be headed after Indy. So it's highly possible the 13th round in Detroit could be cancelled as well.
We've already seen other professional sporting leagues such as the NBA, MLB, and NHL, MLS cancel or suspend future events. With the Supercross series only consisting of 17 rounds we are more than half way through the season but as we all know, a lot can happen in those last seven rounds. The series is scheduled to end on May 2nd and then the Pro Motocross series starts up two weeks later, so there isn't really any time to make up cancelled races and allow the teams time to prep for the outdoors.
Tomac and Roczen are both fighting for their first Supercross 450 titles so the potential of the sudden collapse of this tight series makes things even more interesting. Things are still up in the air, however, as much as we'd all love to see how this season plays out, ultimately the health and safety of the racers, fans, various behind the scenes personnel and the general public has to come first.