2020 INDIANAPOLIS SUPERCROSS PRE-RACE REPORT: COULD THE SEASON BE OVER? (UPDATED)
2020 INDIANAPOLIS SUPERCROSS PRE-RACE REPORT: ROUND ELEVEN OF THE 2020 MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS SERIES HAS BEEN CANCELED BECAUSE OF CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
(UPDATED MARCH 12TH 4:30P.M. PST) The 2020 Indianapolis Supercross has officially been canceled. FELD Entertainment released and official statement about it after the governor of Indiana prohibited events of more than 250 people to take place in the state. The rest of the 2020 Monster Energy Supercross is at risk of being canceled now and we will not be surprised if news breaks on that in the coming days and weeks. Click the link below for all of MXA’s coverage on the coronavirus pandemic and how it’s affecting Supercross.
The round eleven of the 2020 Monster Energy Supercross season is up next at the Indianapolis Supercross, but we are in limbo right now as the rest of the world is shutting down. The major stick and ball sports in America are suspending their seasons as the federal and local governments are prohibiting major events, colleges are shutting down and switching over their in-class course to online courses and the U.S. is putting a travel ban on flights from Europe starting on Friday March 13th at midnight. Everybody has their own opinion on the pandemic and here at MXA we aren’t scientists or doctors and we don’t believe everything we see on the news, but we do love motocross and Supercross and right now the rest of the 2020 Supercross season is in jeopardy of being altered for the worse. After hearing about the NBA suspending its entire season, we can only speculate that Supercross isn’t far behind. FELD Entertainment spends a lot of money to rent out an entire stadium, drive their large fleet of trucks across the country, haul in dirt, build a track, tear down the track and haul out the dirt. Canceling the rest of the season would be devastating, but at the same time, how long can FELD go if they aren’t allowed to sell tickets and bring in spectators? We are still waiting to hear an official statement from FELD on if they will allow spectators to show up this weekend. If they do allow it, we don’t doubt that many will still show up. But, the state of Indiana could possibly make the decision for Supercross by prohibiting major public events. We will update our readers as soon as we have an official word.
ELI TOMAC VS. KEN ROCZEN: IS THIS THE FINALE?
Coming into the Indy SX, Eli Tomac has a three-point lead over Ken Roczen. Last weekend’s Daytona Supercross seemed like just another race, but it might have been more important than we thought. Ken and Eli came into it tied in points, both wearing the red plate. Eli’s come from behind win was impressive, but it wasn’t as crazy at the time as it could be now. Now the future of the Supercross season is in question and that late-race pass for the win and points lead could be the pass for the Championship. Ken Roczen and Eli Tomac now have the pressure on going into round eleven as it very well could be the final event of the season.
SEATTLE SUPERCROSS CANCELED, WHAT ABOUT THE REST?
The Seattle Supercross has been canceled due to the Washington State governor, Jay Inslee prohibiting public events of over 250 people in Seattle, Washington and the surrounding counties. Read more about it by clicking here.
NO MORE SPECTATORS AT MANY MAJOR SPORTING EVENTS
NASCAR just joined the bandwagon as one of many sports that will be prohibiting fans from attending their events. NASCAR announced on Thursday that upcoming races at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway will go on, but with out any spectators.
NASCAR stated: “At this time, NASCAR will hold its race events at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway without fans in attendance. These events will be restricted to competitors, crews, officials and other necessary personnel to conduct the race. We will work with public health officials as we determine future scheduling beyond these events.”
INDIANAPOLIS SUPERCROSS TV & STREAMING SCHEDULE
Round eleven of the Monster Energy Supercross season can be watched LIVE on the NBC Sports channel or online using your smart phone or computer with the NBC Sports Gold Pass. Racing begins at 7:00p.m. Eastern time in Indianapolis, Indiana, which is 4:00p.m. Pacific time. If you want to watch qualifying and get the scoop on how the track is shaping up, you’ll need the NBC Gold pass. The NBC Sports Gold Pass is now at a discounted rate, it will cost you $59.99 for Supercross or you can upgrade and get both the Supercross and Pro Motocross seasons for $74.99. With the NBC Gold Pass you can watch qualifying and the races LIVE on your smart phone or computer. If you’re interested in the NBC Sports Gold Pass, click here.
NIGHT SHOW RACING LIVE – 4:00 PM Pacific, 7:00 PM Eastern NBC Sports TV Channel or NBC Gold Pass
ZACH OSBORNE INJURED: OUT FOR THE SEASON
Zach Osborne found out that he sustained three compression fractures in his back as well as two other fractures and a wrist fracture after he got another evaluation on his injuries. He will sit out the rest of the season and plans to return at Hangtown in May.
Zach Osborne posted via instagram: “Unfortunately I received some rough news this week about my current injuries. I was originally told at the hospital I that I had 1 broken rib, 2 bruised and partially collapsed lungs and a sprained wrist. After two weeks of significant discomfort from what I thought was a broken rib, I was advised to get more checks. I underwent an MRI on my abdomen which revealed three compression fractures in my back as well as two other fractures. An x-ray on my wrist showed a small fracture as well. I’m not sure how all of this was missed at my original hospital visit but it’s nice to have some answers and to be moving forward and closer to being back to my normal self. I’m grateful for all the people around me and their support through what has been a very tough year for me. The plan for now is to get well and be back to 100% health for the opening outdoor National at Hangtown!”
JORDON SMITH INJURED: TORN ACL
Jordon Smith posted on instagram saying: “Want to give everyone an update on my status. MRI results confirmed a complete ACL tear with multiple lateral and meniscus tears. I have an appointment in the morning with an orthopedic Dr. and will make a plan on which is the best way to handle this injury. It’s a huge bummer considering I felt like I was finally starting to ride like myself a little bit more at the races. I will give another update when I talk with doctors and the team about what we feel is best moving forward. Thanks to all of my fans and friends for the support I’ve had so far!”
INDIANAPOLIS SUPERCROSS RACE DAY SCHEDULE
10:30 am – 11:00 am Rider’s Track Walk
11:00 am – 11:15 am Riders Meeting (Mandatory)
11:15 am – 11:30 am Chapel Service
12:00 pm – 12:08 pm 250SX Group C Free Practice
12:10 pm – 12:18 pm 250SX Group B Free Practice
12:20 pm – 12:28 pm 250SX Group A Free Practice
12:30 pm – 12:38 pm 450SX Group A Free Practice
12:40 pm – 12:48 pm 450SX Group B Free Practice
12:50 pm – 12:58 pm 450SX Group C Free Practice
1:05 pm – 1:15 pm 250SX Group B Qualifying
1:20 pm – 1:30 pm 250SX Group C Qualifying
1:35 pm – 1:45 pm 250SX Group A Qualifying
1:50 pm – 2:00 pm 450SX Group A Qualifying
2:05 pm – 2:15 pm 450SX Group B Qualifying
2:20 pm – 2:30 pm 450SX Group C Qualifying
3:15 pm – 3:25 pm 250SX Group C Qualifying
3:30 pm – 3:40 pm 250SX Group B Qualifying
3:45 pm – 3:55 pm 250SX Group A Qualifying
4:00 pm – 4:10 pm 450SX Group A Qualifying
4:15 pm – 4:25 pm 450SX Group B Qualifying
4:30 pm – 4:40 pm 450SX Group C Qualifying
7:05 pm – 7:13 pm 250SX Heat #1 – 6 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 20 riders (1 – 9 to Main)
7:19 pm – 7:27 pm 250SX Heat #2 – 6 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 20 riders (1 – 9 to Main)
7:33 pm – 7:41 pm 450SX Heat #1 – 6 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 20 riders (1 – 9 to Main)
7:47 pm – 7:55 pm 450SX Heat #2 – 6 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 20 riders (1 – 9 to Main)
8:10 pm – 8:17 pm 250SX Last Chance Qualifier – 5 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 22 riders (1 – 4 to Main)
8:23 pm – 8:30 pm 450SX Last Chance Qualifier – 5 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 22 riders (1 – 4 to Main)
8:52 pm – 9:09 pm 250SX Main Event – 15 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 22 riders
9:27 pm – 9:49 pm 450SX Main Event – 20 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 22 riders
INDIANAPOLIS SUPERCROSS TRACK MAP
450 OVERALL POINT STANDINGS (ROUND 10 OF 17)
250 EAST COAST POINT STANDINGS (ROUND 4 OF 9)