Seventeen rounds, three Triple Crowns, two East/West Shootouts and ten Supercross Futures races all packed into the 2020 SX season. Houston, Nashville, Minneapolis and East Rutherford won’t see any rounds up close and personal this year in SX, but their loss is St. Louis, Tampa, Foxborough and Salt Lake City’s gain! Of the cities that Supercross is entertaining in 2020, Salt Lake City seems to be the big winner, as they host the final round of the championship on May 2nd at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Coming into the 2020 season in the 450SX class Cooper Webb will be defending his title and sporting the red number plate. Unfortunately, Marvin Musquin, Joey Savatgy, Weston Peick and Cole Seely will not be challenging for that championship this year. Marvin underwent surgery on his knee recently and will miss most, if not all, of the 2020 Supercross season. Joey Savatgy is also out due to injury sustained practicing for the AUS-X Open is expected to miss most of the Supercross season as well. Peick, injured during the Paris SX in the fall of 2018, although he has been back on the bike, it is uncertain when he will return to competition. Lastly, Cole Seely shocked the riding community last August with his decision to retire from the sport.
As a Rookie Adam Cianciarulo could make some waves this year in the 450SX class, he will have his work cut out for him though with the likes of Webb, Tomac, Roczen, Anderson, Osborne and the wily veteran Chad Reed. Only time will tell what the upcoming season will have in store for the riders and fans alike.
When it comes to the 2020 250W season, some riders that had hoped to ride in the West series have had those dreams altered by injuries. Colt Nichols is one of the 2020 championship contender hopefuls that unfortunately had a crash at Pala while practicing. During the crash he injured his shoulder and broke his foot and is now on the mend and hopeful to return to racing for the East Coast rounds of the 250SX. Chase Sexton once again finds himself in the position of waiting to recover from an injury before he can join the rest of his rivals in 2020 250SX action. He injured his collarbone in the offseason. Chase plans on defending his 2019 250 East title later this season. The 250 West championship looks to be wide open for anyone wishing to step up to the gate to challenge defending champ Dylan Ferrandis, although I personally would say he does appear to be the hands down favorite going in, the return of Austin Forkner may put a wrench in those plans. There are also a few others who may have something to say about the title race this year, with Justin Cooper, Christian Craig, Michael Mosiman, Alex Martin, and Brandon Hartranft in the mix it will definitely be an interesting and exciting 2020 250 West season. Let’s not forget Cameron McAdoo who will be throwing his leg over a green machine this year. The newly signed Monster Energy Pro Circuit rider could make some riders eat a little dust in his wake. The 2020 250W season is also home to a few newbies, among the Rookie contenders this year are: Derek Drake, the 2018 Nicky Hayden Horizon winner, riding for Troy Lee Designs on a RedBull KTM, Jett Lawrence, younger brother of Hunter, riding for GIECO Honda and Luke Clout, former SX overseas racer, riding for the new team Penrite Honda Racing. Then you throw all the other young riders in the mix and it promises to be an exciting SX season.
Everyone at Crazy4Dirt is looking forward to an exciting year of SX racing in each of the classes. We are sure the fans are as well, that first gate drop can’t come soon enough! BRAAP! – Carol