2020 TAMPA SUPERCROSS | BEST IN THE PITS & PRESS DAY ACTION (UPDATED)
2020 TAMPA SUPERCROSS | BEST IN THE PITS & PRESS DAY ACTION
The 2020 Tampa Supercross is here and the riders and teams of Supercross have traveled 2,451 miles across the country from California to Florida to begin the East Coast swing of the season. The conditions are warm and humid in the sunshine state and the Raymond James Stadium is once again full of dirt as Supercross in town. Most of the track is made up of dark soil that can be slick, but also very rutted at times. There’s also a big sand section once again in Tampa and if you remember anything about the last time Supercross visited Tampa in 2018, there was an ultra-deep sand rhythm section in the middle of the track and it caused a lot of havoc throughout the day. Cooper Webb is coming into Tampa hot off his first win of the season while Eli Tomac is looking to grab his third win of the season and take over the points lead from Ken Roczen who is just one point ahead. Plus, the 250SX East Coast series is kicking off on Saturday and those riders are all fired up. MXA’s Brian Converse is in Tampa, Florida, to capture the action and give you an up close look at the bikes and riders of Supercross.
Photos by Brian Converse
It sure is good to see the #20 of Broc Tickle back on the track! To learn more about his new deal with JGR Suzuki, click here.
Zach Osborne whipping over the finish line. Notice the big red logo on his shrouds? This weekend is the St. Jude “This race saves lives” event and some of the teams are getting involved by designing graphics to show their support.
Ken Roczen’s HRC Honda is looking very red. He currently holds a one point lead over Eli Tomac. Click here for the current point standings.
With the Tampa Supercross being the “This Race Saves Lives” event, some of the teams have gone all-out to support the cause. Here, the BWR Eninges, LTEC, SSI Decals, Fly Racing team is showing full support by using St. Jude patient-inspired artwork on their graphics this Saturday. Afterward the race, the graphics and gear from the different teams will be collected for the St. Jude Supercross online auction. The auction begins at this race and will run through the Finale in Salt Lake City.
Bryce Klippel’s BWR Eninges, LTEC, SSI Decals, Fly Racing Honda CRF250 is looking good as well. Interesting to note, the BWR team is one of the only teams to use the NueTech TuBliss tubes in their Hoosier tires. With the TuBliss technology they’re able to run a much lower tire pressure and gain traction on starts and in the whoops without getting flats.
Josh Hill is back and this time he means business. After taking time off from racing and working at Monster Energy, Josh decided that he wanted to get back behind the starting line. He moved to North Carolina and started training in 2019 and now he’s ready to line up in the 250SX class at Tampa.
Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM’s Brian Moreau will make his American Supercross debut this Saturday in Tampa. Brian will be the only TLD rider this weekend as his teammate, Pierco Brown, hurt his shoulder in December and he has only been on the bike for two weeks. Pierce and the team decided it was best to sit out and he hopes to be ready to race by Atlanta.
Rj Hampshire is also on a new bike this weekend. Click here to read our interview with Rj about his switch from Geico Honda to Rockstar Husqvarna.
Ryan Breece’s HEP Suzuki hangs out on the grass in Tampa. This is the first round of the season with a grass parking lot and it makes a big difference. The pits are much warmer and more humid with a grass parking lot when compared to the asphalt parking lots on the west coast.