2020 SALT LAKE CITY SUPERCROSS ROUND 16 PRE-RACE REPORT: ELI TOMAC COULD WIN THE TITLE ONE RACE EARLY
The 2020 Supercross season is coming to a close as we only have two rounds of Supercross left in Salt Lake City! With the hurry-up schedule consisting of two races a week, the events have been flying by at a rapid pace. With only two rounds left and a 24-point lead, Eli Tomac has the chance to win his first ever 450 Supercross title one race early, if he’s able to beat Ken Roczen and Cooper Webb on Wednesday. It’s sad to know that there won’t be any fans in the stadium to celebrate with Tomac and team Kawasaki, but racing without fans is much better than not racing at all. Additionally, the 250 East riders have had a 10-day break since their last race in the mud at Round 13, but now they’re coming back to the stadium as Round 16 on Wednesday, June 17th will host the 250 East riders one more time before the 250 East/West Showdown takes place this Sunday, June 21st. Chase Sexton currently holds a three-point lead over Shane McElrath going into the final two rounds and we can’t wait to see them battle for the Championship together on Wednesday and with the rest of the 250 West riders like Dylan Ferrandis and Austin Forkner on Sunday.
ELI TOMAC CAN CLINCH THE TITLE ONE RACE EARLY
The 450SX class is set to be another thriller with Ken Roczen hot off his first win in SLC, Eli Tomac looking to clinch his title one week early and Cooper Webb looking to add up more 450 Main Event wins to his name. The focus will be on Eli Tomac even more so at Round 16 than previously because he has such a good shot at clinching his first 450 Supercross Championship. With a 24-point lead over Roczen and 25-point lead over Webb, Eli Tomac can win the 450 Main Event and win the Championship one round early. He needs to have a 26-point gap to win the title one round early. There are 26-points up for grabs for the Main Event winner, so if he has a 26-point gap going into the last race. He could skip the race and still be the Champion. Yes, Ken or Cooper could tie him if they won, but he would win the tie-breaker by having more wins throughout the season. The math would be less stressful if he had a 27-point lead.
SALT LAKE CITY SUPERCROSS ROUND 16: TRACK MAP
Round 16 of Supercross will be held in the Rice-Eccles Stadium for the sixth time this year and it’s the penultimate round of the 2020 Supercross season. The first four rounds had the starting line on the same side of the stadium, only positioned in the middle. Now the start is on the right hand side as the riders enter the stadium and the layout for Wednesday’s race is almost a carbon copy of Round 15 on Sunday. This time, instead of the sweeping corner going into a dragon’s back and onto the start, the sweeper will keep turning left, send riders into a triple and some more jumps, into a right hander, finish line, double and back onto the start. The track on Sunday was comical to watch as the Supercross riders have stiff suspension and they’re most prepared for steep berms in the corners. Instead of berms, Sunday’s track had two extremely sharp, 180-degree corners, without berms and without ruts. The riders who have flat track skills excelled on Sunday, but the riders who don’t are excited about this new layout.
SHANE MCELRATH: 3-POINTS, 2-RACES & HIS 450SX CAREER IN LIMBO
7-RACES IN 22 DAYS
Although it’s another quick turn around for Wednesday’s race, with only two days off in-between, it seems like everyone in the industry is happy about it. The riders, teams and industry personnel are happy to be completing all 17-Rounds of the season, (even with the Coronavirus shutting down the entire world), they’re happy to be staying in the beautiful state of Utah, (many riders have even joked about moving there) and they’re happy to be spending time with their teammates, mechanics, team managers and other crew members. Multiple teams are sharing Air B&B houses and to split costs and keep the team together. So far, all the reports are positive and everyone is happy to be hanging out together away from the race track.
SLC ROUND 16 HOW TO WATCH: TV & STREAMING SCHEDULE
Round sixteen 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 4:00p.m. Pacific Time, 7:00p.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 17TH – QUALIFYING LIVE STREAM – 1:30p.m. Pacific Time; 4:30p.m. Eastern Time only with NBC Gold Pass
JUNE 17TH – NIGHT SHOW RACING LIVE – 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. Pacific Time; 7:00p.m. to 10:00p.m. Eastern Time on NBC Sports TV Channel or online with NBC Gold Pass.
SLC ROUND 16 RACE DAY SCHEDULE
11:30 am – 12:30 am Stands Open for Track Viewing
12:50 pm – 12:55 pm 250SX Group B Sighting (2 Laps)
12:55 pm – 1:05 pm 250SX Group B Qualifying
1:10 pm – 1:15 pm 250SX Group A Sighting (2 Laps)
1:15 pm – 1:25 pm 250SX Group A Qualifying
1:30 pm – 1:35 pm 450SX Group A Sighting (2 Laps)
1:35 pm – 1:45 pm 450SX Group A Qualifying
1:50 pm – 1:55 pm 450SX Group B Sighting (2 Laps)
1:55 pm – 2:05 pm 450SX Group B Qualifying
2:35 pm – 2:45 pm 250SX Group B Qualifying
2:50 pm – 3:00 pm 250SX Group A Qualifying
3:05 pm – 3:15 pm 450SX Group A Qualifying
3:20 pm – 3:30 pm 450SX Group B Qualifying
5:05 pm – 5:13 pm 250SX Heat #1 – 6 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 20 riders (1 – 9 to Main)
5:19 pm – 5:27 pm 250SX Heat #2 – 6 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 20 riders (1 – 9 to Main)
5:34 pm – 5:42 pm 450SX Heat #1 – 6 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 20 riders (1 – 9 to Main)
5:48 pm – 5:56 pm 450SX Heat #2 – 6 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 20 riders (1 – 9 to Main)
6:11 pm – 6:18 pm 250SX Last Chance Qualifier – 5 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 22 riders (1 – 4 to Main)
6:24 pm – 6:31 pm 450SX Last Chance Qualifier – 5 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 22 riders (1 – 4 to Main)
6:51 pm – 7:08 pm 250SX Main Event – 15 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 22 riders
7:29 pm – 7:51 pm 450SX Main Event – 20 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 22 riders
VIRTUAL TRACK MAP VIDEO
450 SUPERCROSS POINTS AFTER ROUND 15 OF 17
250 EAST COAST POINT STANDINGS (AFTER ROUND 7 OF 9)