Today marks the return to racing for the Monster Energy Supercross series in Salt Lake City, Utah. After the global COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to sporting events around the world, Supercross went on a 12-week hiatus after round ten was held in Daytona on March 7th. The final seven rounds will all be held at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City over a three-week span. Racing will be held on Sundays and Wednesdays, culminating on June 21st when a Champion will be crowned.
So where did we leave off? In the 450 class, Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen went into round ten tied in points and after leading most of the Main Event, Roczen was unable to hold off a hard charging Tomac, who claimed his fourth Daytona Supercross victory that evening. Tomac took a three-point lead in the championship and a standalone red plate along with it. Defending champion Cooper Webb finished third in Daytona and finds himself 29 points out of the top spot and will need to rattle off some wins over the next three weeks if he wants a chance to retain his title. Justin Barcia sits in fourth just two points behind Webb.
In the 250 classes we’ll start back East where the defending 250 east champion Chase Sexton holds a ten-point lead over the field after taking two victories in the first four rounds. Shane McElrath sits in second with one victory to his name at the east coast opening round in Tampa. RJ Hampshire has yet to find the top step of the podium this season but has been consistent and is third in the standings, eight points behind McElrath. Daytona winner Garrett Marchbanks is fourth in the standings, one point off Hampshire. The Pro Circuit rider will be looking to build momentum after taking his first ever Supercross victory before the long break. The 250 East series has five rounds remaining in its championship hunt.
In a tightly contested 250 West class, defending champion Dylan Ferrandis has won three races and sits atop the standings with 135 points through six rounds. Justin Cooper sits just seven points back from his teammate and had a victory at the opening round. Austin Forkner is third in the standings with a pair of victories, he is six points out of second place. The 250 West series has just three rounds remaining, the first of which will take place on June 10th.
Even with no fans being able to attend the final rounds of the series, we at Crazy4Dirt are looking forward to the excitement the closing rounds of the championship fights will bring.