2020 SALT LAKE CITY SUPERCROSS ROUND 14 PRE-RACE REPORT: 250 WEST RIDERS ARE BACK
Can you believe we’re already going racing again? With only two days off in between, the 450SX riders are set to go again at the 2020 Salt Lake City Supercross this time for Round 14 of the 2020 Supercross season. Cooper Webb and Eli Tomac ran away with the 450 Main Event at Round 13, but with sunny skies on the forecast, we expect another good race track, more like what we saw at Round 12 one week ago. Watching Cooper and Eli go back and forth while lapping through the pack was exciting, but we’re looking forward to seeing more riders getting up there and challenging them at Round 14.
It’s a short turnaround for the premier 450SX class riders, but this time we have a new group of faces lining up in the 250 class. Chase Sexton, Shane McElrath and the rest of the 250 East riders have a 10-day break before they come back to racing on June 17th. This Wednesday, June 10th, the 250 West Coast riders are coming back to racing after a long 4-month break and they have a healthy gate of riders which includes 11 factory 250 competitors and 2 more Honda supported “satellite” riders. You know what that means? It’s guaranteed that at least one factory rider (if not more) will finish outside of the top ten.
KEN ROCZEN ISN’T DONE YET
Even if you’re a die-hard Cooper Webb or Eli Tomac fan, nobody enjoys seeing a top-tier rider like Ken Roczen struggling to compete at his fullest ability. True fans want to see a battle that goes down to the final lap of the final race. Even Cooper and Eli don’t want to see it end with Roczen struggling. If Eli wins the Championship with Ken Roczen having issues, it takes away from Eli’s win. Some people will even put an asterisk on his title saying “Well Roczen was having health issues.”
Supercross desperately needs Ken Roczen and more riders like him. Ken has dedicated his life to the sport and not only is he incredibly smooth and entertaining to watch on the track, but he goes the extra mile and is open and honest on social media. Racing is much better to watch when you feel like you know the riders on the track and Ken is generous enough to give us insight to his life via instagram. Unfortunately, Ken has struggled in the Main Event at the last two races, but he hasn’t given up yet. Roczen posted via instagram on Wednesday June 10th, the morning of the race:“Let’s see if we have made some improvements in this short amount of time. Giving up is for losers! I will always come back and try again.”
250 WEST IS BACK: FERRANDIS, COOPER, FORKNER, MOSIMAN, MCADOO, CRAIG, LAWRENCE BROTHERS & MORE
The 250 West division is stacked with top contenders, Dylan Ferrandis, Justin Cooper, Austin Forkner, Cameron McAdoo, Michael Mosiman, Alex Martin, Christian Craig, Jett Lawrence, Hunter Lawrence, Brandon Hartranft and Derek Drake are all factory 250 riders. Mitchell Oldenburg and Luke Clout could also fit into this category being that they ride for the Penrite Honda team, a factory supported team in Australia, and they’re both already inside the top ten in the point standings. The only rider who is missing on the 250 West roster is AJE Husqvarna rider, Jacob Hayes. Jacob sits sixth in points coming into Round 14, but he is on the sidelines after a practice crash one month ago left him with a compounded femur, two broken knee caps and a small wrist fracture.
The 250 West riders will compete at Round 14 on Wednesday and Round 15 on Sunday. The 250 East riders will return for the penultimate Round 16 on Wednesday June 17th. Then, the two divisions will meet for the 250 East/West Shootout at the Supercross season finale on Sunday, June 21st.
LAWRENCE BROTHERS RETURN
SLC ROUND 14 HOW TO WATCH: TV & STREAMING SCHEDULE
Round fourteen 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 10TH – QUALIFYING LIVE STREAM – 1:30p.m. Pacific Time; 4:30p.m. Eastern Time only with NBC Gold Pass
JUNE 10TH – 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.
SALT LAKE CITY SUPERCROSS ROUND 14: TRACK MAP
SUNNY SKIES AHEAD IN SALT LAKE CITY
SLC ROUND 14 RACE DAY SCHEDULE
Wednesday, June 10th, 2020:
11:00 am – 11:45 am Stands Open for Track Viewing
12:00 pm – 12:05 pm 250SX Group B Sighting (2 Laps)
12:05 pm – 12:13 pm 250SX Group B Free Practice
12:15 pm – 12:20 pm 250SX Group A Sighting (2 Laps)
12:20 pm – 12:28 pm 250SX Group A Free Practice
12:30 pm – 12:35 pm 450SX Group A Sighting (2 Laps)
12:35 pm – 12:43 pm 450SX Group A Free Practice
12:45 pm – 12:50 pm 450SX Group B Sighting (2 Laps)
12:50 pm – 12:58 pm 450SX Group B Free Practice
1:05 pm – 1:15 pm 250SX Group B Qualifying
1:20 pm – 1:30 pm 250SX Group A Qualifying
1:35 pm – 1:45 pm 450SX Group A Qualifying
1:50 pm – 2:00 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
Evening Race Program:
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
450 OVERALL POINT STANDINGS (AFTER ROUND 13 OF 17)
250 WEST COAST POINT STANDINGS (AFTER ROUND 6 OF 9)