2020 SALT LAKE CITY SUPERCROSS ROUND 13 PRE-RACE REPORT: WILL THE MUD SHAKE THINGS UP?
2020 SALT LAKE CITY SUPERCROSS ROUND 13 PRE-RACE REPORT: COULD RAIN SHAKE THINGS UP?
The 2020 Monster Energy Supercross season is continuing to press forward at a rapid pace of two races a week and Round 13 of Supercross in Salt Lake City is coming up on Sunday, June 7th. Rice-Eccles stadium has already held two rounds of Supercross and we have five more on the cards before it’s all said and done. Thankfully, the Supercross and the Dirt Wurx crew made some major improvements to the track between Rounds 11 and 12. You can read about it more in our article The Aftermath by clicking here. Now it seems like the Dirt Wurx crew and the riders will have a new obstacle to overcome on Sunday afternoon. After Salt Lake City experienced rain on Saturday the track is already wet and rain is on the forecast again for Sunday. With that, Supercross has decided to implement a limited practice schedule which means that riders will only hit the track one time for a 10-minute qualifying session before they go racing. The Dirt Wurx crew is usually good at managing a muddy track and making the best of it. Only time will tell how much rain will come down and how it will affect the track. One thing we do know is that the Salt Lake City dirt is hard pack and slick. With rain on top of that, it could be an interesting afternoon of racing and muddy conditions could easily cause a swing in the point standings for both classes.
SALT LAKE CITY SUPERCROSS ROUND 13: TRACK CONDITIONS
SALT LAKE CITY SUPERCROSS ROUND 13: SUNDAY RACE DAY SCHEDULE
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Stands Open for Track Viewing
1:00 pm – 1:10 pm 250SX Group B Qualifying
1:15 pm – 1:25 pm 250SX Group A Qualifying
1:30 pm – 1:40 pm 450SX Group A Qualifying
1:45 pm – 1:55 pm 450SX Group B Qualifying
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Track Maintenance
3:05 pm – 3:13 pm 250SX Heat #1 – 6 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 20 riders (1 – 9 to Main)
3:19 pm – 3:27 pm 250SX Heat #2 – 6 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 20 riders (1 – 9 to Main)
3:34 pm – 3:42 pm 450SX Heat #1 – 6 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 20 riders (1 – 9 to Main)
3:48 pm – 3:56 pm 450SX Heat #2 – 6 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 20 riders (1 – 9 to Main)
4:19 pm – 4:26 pm 250SX Last Chance Qualifier – 5 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 22 riders (1 – 4 to Main)
4:30 pm – 4:37 pm 450SX Last Chance Qualifier – 5 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 22 riders (1 – 4 to Main)
4:50 pm – 5:07 pm 250SX Main Event – 15 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 22 riders
5:29 pm – 5:51 pm 450SX Main Event – 20 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 22 riders
JEREMY MARTIN DECIDES TO END HIS SUPERCROSS SEASON EARLY
Jeremy Martin called it a season early as he doesn’t have a 450 ride lined up for 2021 and he would point out of the 250 class if he raced the remaining East Coast 250 rounds. Click here to read Jeremy’s words and learn more.
ADAM CIANCIARULO INJURED: OUT FOR THE SEASON
Adam getting up after his Salt Lake City crash. He released a statement on Saturday saying that he has four acute fractures in his back. Click here to hear from Adam and learn more.
KEN ROCZEN EXPERIENCING BREATHING ISSUES
Ken Roczen released a statement on instagram which gave everyone insight into his struggles with breathing and fatigue at high elevation in Salt Lake City, Utah. Click here to read Ken’s detailed statement.
SLC ROUND 13 HOW TO WATCH: TV & STREAMING SCHEDULE
Round thirteen 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 2:00p.m. Pacific Time, 5:00p.m. Eastern time. The NBC Sports Gold Pass is now offered 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.
JUNE 7TH – QUALIFYING LIVE STREAM – 12:00p.m. Pacific Time; 3:00p.m. Eastern Time only with NBC Gold Pass
JUNE 7TH – NIGHT SHOW RACING LIVE – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time; 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on NBC Sports TV Channel or online with NBC Gold Pass.
COOPER WEBB ISN’T MESSING AROUND: CHECK OUT THESE PHOTOS
You can call it dirty or aggressive, but either way, it was effective and we know that Cooper Webb isn’t giving the title contenders one inch. Ken Roczen lined up on the very inside gate, his teammate Justin Brayton lined up next to him, then it was Eli Tomac and Cooper was on the fourth gate from the inside next to Eli. After the gate dropped, Cooper had a better jump out of the gate than Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen and as soon as he could, he cut over and blocked Tomac, Brayton and Roczen at the same time. Cooper then controlled the inside of the sharp 90-degree first turn and came out third on the start while Ken and Eli were buried in the pack. This move was over shadowed on TV, but MXA’s Daryl Ecklund caught it with his camera above.
SALT LAKE CITY SUPERCROSS ROUND 13: TRACK MAP
ROUND 13 ANIMATED TRACK MAP VIDEO
SEXTON & MCELRATH TIED WITH THREE RACES TO GO
The 250SX East Coast riders will race on Sunday, then take a week and a half off while the 250SX West riders will jump in on Wednesday June 10th and Sunday June 14th. Then, the East riders will be back racing their penultimate round on June 17th. Finally the East and West 250 riders will meet in the 250 East/West Showdown at the 2020 season finale on June 22nd.
SHANE MCELRATH: MOVING FORWARD WITH CONFIDENCE
Shane McElrath is making moves. He came into the final rounds of Supercross 10-points behind Chase Sexton. Now, he and Chase are tied going into Round 13 on Sunday and they have two races to go after that.
Shane McElrath was asked in the post race press virtual conference if he believes his Yamaha is superior to the other bikes he’s competing against, he answered: “I would say yeah, just like you said, the Yamaha’s have been good and having to race against the Yamaha’s in the past, I mean, that’s the bike. You don’t want to line up beside them on the gate, you don’t want to be around them on the track. They’re arguably the best bike in the class and now after riding one I would say that that’s true. I would say it’s a result of the team wanting to win and wanting to be the best. They take advantage of every opportunity that they have and they don’t settle at that. So, yeah I think we’re at an advantage but I think it’s more so the team than anything else. They put everything that they can into the bike and it shows.”
450 OVERALL POINT STANDINGS (AFTER ROUND 12 OF 17)
250 EAST COAST POINT STANDINGS (AFTER ROUND 6 OF 9)
Colt Nichols (13) and Pierce Brown (163) are both out of the hunt for the 250 East title, but they’re still looking to leave their mark on the 2020 season. Colt is looking for a win while the rookie Pierce Brown is looking for his first podium.