ADAM CIANCIARULO, MARVIN MUSQUIN, JETT LAWRENCE & MORE TO RACE IN FIRST SUPERCROSS E-SX EVENT ON THE NBC SPORTS NETWORK
This Saturday, May 16th, the NBC Sports Network will be airing the first Supercross E SX Event featuring riders like Adam Cianciarulo, Marvin Musquin, Justin Cooper, Jett Lawrence and more. To add to the fun, Supercross personalities Ricky Carmichael, Daniel Blair and Leigh Diffey will be calling the action from the booth and Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen will also be making guest appearances to offer their opinion on the Supercross E racing. Read below for the full press release about the inaugural event.
From the beginning of the coronavirus quarantine, some fans have jokingly asked for the Supercross riders to finish out their season online via the Monster Energy Supercross Videogame. Obviously, they aren’t actually finishing the season like this, but Supercross has answered the request to provide fans with racing action to enjoy while stuck at home. NASCAR has had success with their online ‘eNASCAR’ series that has featured drivers like Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon and more during the quarantine. With eNASCAR racing, advanced racing simulators can actually give the drivers a relatively realistic feel by “simulating” the experience drivers have while in their race cars. With the dynamic nature of Supercross, the video game utilizes very little crossover skill. But still, the riders who are competing in this event have had time to practice and prepare for this and even if they aren’t “simulating Supercross,” at least they’re on TV and racing something which gives our sport some much needed attention during this quiet time.
INAUGURAL MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS E SX TRAILER
Ellenton, Fla., (May 12, 2020) As the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, continues to develop plans to resume racing later in the year, the stars of the sport took to a virtual track for the inaugural Monster Energy Supercross E SX event, presented by Toyota, which will be broadcast on NBCSN this Saturday, May 16 at 4:30 p.m. ET.
The 90-minute television special features seven Supercross athletes competing against one another in the 250SX Class and another seven athletes competing in the 450SX Class. Set in Anaheim at Angel Stadium, the race uses the track layout from the opening round of the 2019 Supercross season.
True to life, the NBC Sports broadcasting team of Leigh Diffey, Ricky Carmichael and Daniel Blair will call the action in both the 15-minute plus one lap 250SX Main Event and 20-minute plus one lap 450SX Main Event.
The Monster Energy Supercross E SX event, presented by Toyota features a fun group of athletes that are both entertaining and competitive. Racing in the 450SX Class Main Event are Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin (who is seeing his first race action of the ’20 season due to injury), premiere class rookie Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing’s Aaron Plessinger, Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/ Motoconcepts Honda’s Vince Friese, H.E.P. Motorsports Suzuki’s Adam Enticknap, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM- WPS’ Benny Bloss, plus TPJ Fly Racing’s Austin Politelli.
Racing in the 250SX Class Main Event is Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper, GEICO Honda’s rookie sensation Jett Lawrence, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s RJ Hampshire, JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Alex Martin, TLD Red Bull KTM’s Brandon Hartranft, Monster Energy Fox Racing’s Josh Hill and Rock River Yamaha’s Jamison DuClos.
Although not racing in the Supercross E SX event, current Monster Energy Supercross points-leaders Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen, separated by just three points after racing ten rounds of the halted 17-race championship, both make appearances to offer encouragement or in some cases trash talk with their fellow competitors. Always colorful Blake Baggett also joins in on the conversation and provides a comical antidote as to how mechanical issues can also arise in the virtual world of racing.
A staple at every Supercross event, the national anthem will be virtually performed by 2019 ACM Duo of the Year nominees LOCASH. The Country music duo is made up of singer-songwriters Chris Lucas and Preston Brust who first broke out with the song “I Love This Life”, then followed with their first #1 hit “I Know Somebody”. Their latest single “One Big Country Song” and album “Brothers” is available wherever music is sold or streamed.
New features of the Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 3 made it possible for multiple racers to compete against one another (multiplayer mode) while a race director (race director mode) can host the race, assign starting positions and manage multiple camera angles to ensure that the best track battles are being captured.
Known throughout the gaming world, windham151, as he is known via his YouTube channel, was recruited to manage all of the on-screen action as the Monster Energy Supercross E SX event race director.
After the initial broadcast on NBCSN, the Monster Energy Supercross E SX event, presented by Toyota will be available for viewing across Supercross’ digital platforms – Facebook, YouTube, Twitch and SupercrossLIVE.com.