HOW EUROPE’S SMX RIDER’S AND MANUFACTURER’S CUP WORKS
Are you ready to try to comprehend the SMX Cup? Put on your thinking caps because this weekend’s SMX Cup in Germany is about to unleash something that the motocross world has never seen before. What is that? A race format that is so convoluted that it boggles the mind. This is also the third “Race of the Century” in this century. Here are the salient points.
(1) Youthstream says that the SMX event is not a Supercross or a motocross. It’s “Supermotocross.” Very catchy title—you gotta wonder how they thought of it. The track will have elements of both disciplines—although we are pretty sure that both Supercross and motocross have evolved to have features of both already. In essence the idea is to have an outdoor race in a stadium, or maybe to have a Supercross race that isn’t a Supercross. Most likely it will be a fairly normal-sized American-style Supercross track, but mellower. No matter, it is a motorcycle race
(2) Each manufacturer (KTM, Honda, Husqvarna, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki) will field four-man teams—although only three riders will race each of the three motos. The fourth rider can substitute for one of the three at any time during the three motos.
(3) In addition to the 24 riders named to the manufacturer teams, three riders, not connected to any team, will also compete. These three riders cannot compete for the team award (because they aren’t on one of the six teams). They also cannot race the pole position sprint for gate pick, but instead will get the 7th, 14th and 21st picks at the gate (essentially the last pick at the gate in sequence). They can, however, be in the running for the overall individual prizes.
(4) There will be a Superpole for gate pick—with one rider from each manufacturer’s team doing a two-lap sprint competition. The rider that wins Superpole gets his team the 1st, 8th and 15th gate pick. The second fastest riders will get the 2nd, 9th and 16th gate pick and so on.
(5) Riders can ride a 250 or a 450 and a two-stroke or a four-stroke. The Over-23-year-old-rule does not apply at the SMX Cup.
(6) The Manufacturer’s title will be decided by the lowest total score of the three riders on each team. A perfect score would thus be a 1-2-3 sweep of all three motos by a single team. The points system will be 1 point for first, 2 points for second, 3 points for third, 4 points for fourth, all the way back to 21 points for last. Each team is allowed to drop their two worst score (which means that out of a total of 9 scores (3 riders times 3 motos) only the best 7 scores will be added up.
(7) The individual winner will be decided by the best combined score from the three motos (a 1-1-1 would be perfect). First place will win $55,819. Second place gets $33,485. Third place gets $22,322.
(8) As a consolation prize, the highest placing 250cc rider gets $11,160.
(9) To fill out the night, there will be two support races—both on 125cc two-strokes (and one of those will be Yamaha YZ125s only).
(10) So break out your calculator and note pad and sit down to watch the SMX Rider’s and Manufacturer’s Cup on CBS Sports on Sunday, October 9 at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern) or 10:00 a.m. (Pacific).
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