2020 TAMPA SUPERCROSS | FACES OF SUPERCROSS & THE 250 EAST COAST STARS

2020 Tampa Supercros2_Broc Tickle-8480

2020 TAMPA SUPERCROSS | FACES OF SUPERCROSS & THE 250 EAST COAST STARS

It’s race day in Tampa, Florida, and the 2020 Tampa Supercross is underway. It’s hot and humid in Tampa, but it could be much worse. At 77 degrees and 60% humidity, the riders and crew members are definitely sweating more than they were on the west coast. During track walk the riders were able to check out the hard packed Tampa soil and the extremely soft sand section. The 250SX East Coast riders are excited to get their 2020 season underway. The 250 East Championship is already shaping up to be a unique one and we haven’t even had the first gate drop of the season yet. Some of the strong title contenders like Shane McElrath, Rj Hampshire and Jordon Smith have each switched teams for 2020, while at the same time we have 250 veteran Jeremy Martin returning to 250 racing after injury, Josh Hill returning to racing after retiring and working at Monster Energy. We also have a lot of young new comers making their Supercross debut in Tampa. In this article MXA’s Brian Converse hits the track walk and snags some photos of the guys while they’re checking out the track.

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Photos by Brian Converse

2020 Tampa Supercross_Ken Roczen-8594Ken Roczen is among many of the top riders who now live in Florida. Clermont is only an hour and a half away so many of the factory riders who live there were able to drive to the race this weekend rather than fly.

2020 Tampa Supercross_Ryan Dungey-8617Ryan Dungey was on track walk and here he took a photo with one lucky KTM Junior Supercross Challenge rider.

2020 Tampa Supercross_RJ Hampshire-8621Rj Hampshire in his new Rockstar Husqvarna colors. Rj completely changed up his program for 2020 and he’s excited to see if it all paid off this year.

2020 Tampa Supercross_Shane McElrath-8575Shane McElrath is another title contender who has changed teams for 2020. He will make his debut on the Star Racing Yamaha team in Tampa, Florida.

2020 Tampa Supercross_Marvin Musquin-8589Marvin Musquin is in Tampa hanging out with his team and fans.

2020 Tampa Supercross_Jalek Swoll-8599 Jalek Swoll is making his Supercross debut this Saturday on the Rockstar Husqvarna team. Jalek finished second behind Jett Lawrence at the 2019 Monster Energy Cup last October.

2020 Tampa Supercross_Malcolm Stewart_Jalek Swoll-8016Jalek Swoll and Malcolm Stewart have been friends for a while. Now Malcolm gets to see his buddy make his Pro debut in Tampa.

2020 Tampa Supercross_Adam Cianciarulo-8045Adam Cianciarulo eyeing up the Tampa Supercross layout. Adam is a Floridian local who actually grew up in Florida, so Tampa and Daytona are truly home races for him.

2020 Tampa Supercros2_Jeremy Martin-8552We’re happy to see Jeremy Martin back at the races.

2020 Tampa Supercros2_Josh Hill-8520Josh Hill had a unique career. When he turned Pro he moved up to the 450 class quickly and he hasn’t raced a 250 in Supercross for 13 years. He also hasn’t raced a 450 Supercross since Las Vegas in 2018 when he did a three-race fill-in deal with Yamaha. Now Josh is back and committed to race the entire 250 East Coast series for the Club Mx Yamaha team. 

2020 Tampa Supercross_Cooper Webb-8631Cooper Webb is feeling good after winning in San Diego.

2020 Tampa Supercross_Garrett Marchbanks-8019Garrett Marchbanks and his mechanic Colter Ahrens on track walk.

2020 Tampa Supercross_Eli Tomac-8640Eli Tomac is looking to beat Ken Roczen and take over the points lead this weekend in Tampa.

2020 Tampa Supercros2_Jo Shimoda-8510Japanese rider, Jo Shimoda is excited to make his Supercross debut in Tampa.

2020 Tampa Supercros2_Isaac Teasdale-8499 Isaac Teasdale is excited to go racing under the JGR Suzuki tent in Tampa. Isaac had a unique opportunity with the team in 2019 when he rode one of the JGR bikes with their JGRMX Engine kits in the 450 class during outdoors. The kit is available for anyone to buy and they used Isaac as a marketing tool to show how good it was. Now he’s on a factory JGRMX Suzuki RM-Z250 for the East Coast series. 

2020 Tampa Supercros2_Brian Moreau-8535Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM rider Brian Moreau checking out the track before his debut.

2020 Tampa Supercros2_Jo Shimoda-8505Jo Shimoda and his trainer Jeff Ward checking out the sand section.

2020 Tampa Supercros2_Jordan Smith-8477Jordon Smith in his new Pro Circuit Kawasaki colors.

2020 Tampa Supercross_Cooper Webb-8027Cooper Webb and his mechanic Carlos Rivera are always walking the track together. How about those shoe covers that Carlos has? Pretty funny. 

2020 Tampa Supercros2_St.Jude_This Shirt Saves Lives-8055A lot riders and crew members came out to support the “St. Jude Children’s Hospital event.”

2020 Tampa Supercros2_Jalek Swoll-8561Jalek Swoll checking it all out.

2020 Tampa Supercross_Malcolm Stewart-8569Malcolm Stewart and Roger Larson checking out the track.

2020 Tampa Supercros2_Chad Reed-8064Chad Reed and his crew on the track in Tampa.

2020 Tampa Supercros2_Broc Tickle-8562Broc Tickle checking out the rhythm sections in Tampa.

2020 Tampa Supercross_Zach Osborne-8678Zach Osborne is another rider who could drive from his home in Clermont, Florida to the race in Tampa.

2020 Tampa Supercross_Martin Davalos-8644Martin Davalos has been quick on his Tedder Racing KTM this year. 

2020 Tampa Supercross_James Stewart Sr.-8037Malcolm Stewart’s Dad, James Stewart Sr. hanging out during the riders meeting.

2020 Tampa Supercros2_Justin Hill_Josh Hill-8066Justin Hill and Josh Hill checking out the start in Tampa.

2020 Tampa Supercross_Ronnie Stewart-8686Ronnie Stewart is happy to be back at the races with his crew. Tampa marks his first round of the season.

2020 Tampa Supercros2_Justin Barcia-8549Justin Barcia has his game face on after riding well in San Diego.

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