AMA Supercross 2020 Live : AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, is undisputedly the top Supercross series event in the world and draws elite rider talent from every corner of the globe. The AMA Supercross Championship is presented in the 450SX class, which Monster Energy 2020 primarily features four-stroke 450cc technology. The 250SX class, which showcases riders on four-stroke 250cc motorcycles, is split into U.S. eastern and western regional divisions, each awarding its own Supercross.
Over the years, the battle for the title has been a brutal one with only the boldest riders coming out on top. The all-time AMA Supercross 450 champion leader board is topped by the great Jeremy McGrath with 72 wins, followed by James Stewart with 50 wins and Ricky Carmichael with 48.The action keeps getting better every year, so check out the full schedule below and don’t miss a thing.
After the 450SX main event last weekend in Oakland, California, Red Bull KTM’s Cooper Webb was feeling confident. He said he had figured out some things not just with his bike, but with how he was racing. He was riding defensive instead of racing forward. In Oakland, he flipped a switch and started racing forward, and the end result was his strongest finish of the year, in second place. Tonight in San Diego, round six of the 2020 Monster Energy/AMA Supercross Series, Webb stepped up one more spot, winning his first race of 2020.
Around halfway through the race, Webb began to reel Cianciarulo in, having found a solid line jumping through the two consecutive sets of whoops, and then he made a couple pass attempts, with Cianciarulo thwarting his efforts. But with about three minutes left to go, Webb went by Cianciarulo as the pair headed across the start straight toward the finish-line jump, and that was that. Webb took the win by close to 3 seconds over Cianciarulo, with Baggett hanging on to third—his best finish of the year so far.
Cianciarulo’s teammate Eli Tomac came in fourth from way behind after a knock-down, drag-out battle with Monster Energy Yamaha’s Justin Barcia, who finished fifth, and current points leader Ken Roczen came in a frustrated sixth, also from way behind.
Roczen still leads the points standings by 1, over Tomac, as the series heads east to Tampa, Florida, this coming Saturday night. Webb’s successful night not only vaulted him up to third in the points standings, but cut the gap between he and Roczen in half, from 18 points last week to now just 9 points.
In the 250SX West main event, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Michael Mosiman grabbed the holeshot and led early in front of Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner and Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis. Forkner fought his way by Mosiman on lap five, and Mosiman got a bit too aggressive and tried to get Forkner right back, only to miss his pivot in a the turn before the finish-line jump, which made him unable to jump the obstacle and let Ferrandis by as well.
Then the points leader, Ferrandis, went to work on Forkner, trying at least three times to force his way by only for Forkner to rebuff him. But then, with about three minutes to go on the clock, Ferrandis shoved his way by Forkner (who briefly went off the track) and took the lead, eventually winning the race by about 6 seconds over Forkner. Then came Ferrandis’s teammate Justin Cooper in third, and Mosiman in fourth.
Once again, Ferrandis was booed for his success, despite the fact that the replay indicated Ferrandis didn’t even touch Forkner on his way by. At least now Ferrandis seems to expect the boos and seems to use the hatred from the fans as fuel. Ferrandis has now won three of the last four rounds and leads the championship by 7 points with four rounds left to run.
The 250SX West will go on hiatus now for a few weeks while the 250SX East gets under way in Tampa, Florida, this coming Saturday night.
Penrite Honda’s first foray into U.S. racing has already paid dividends, with Luke Clout and Mitchell Oldenburg becoming top-five threats quickly in the 250SX West Region. Oldenburg missed Saturday’s race at San Diego after suffering a knee injury during a practice crash, but scored 6-6 finishes at the previous two rounds. Clout has gone 5-6 in the last two rounds.
As a result, the team’s original plan to bring Clout back to Australia after the first six rounds of AMA Supercross has changed. The team will continue operating in Monster Energy Supercross when 250SX West resumes six weeks from now in Seattle. This removes Clout from Australia’s National Motocross Championship, although he will fight for the Australian Supercross Championship in the fall.
“He is doing a really great job, each week we learn more and we are maintaining our commitment to our end goal,” said Yarrive Konsky, director of Penrite Honda Racing, in a team statement.
“I am still learning and improving each week,” said Clout. “We were closer to the fastest guys in some areas this week, which is a real positive. I do need to string it all together. It really is another level over here. I am measuring myself against the other Australian’ and the fastest guys in the world and I feel as though we are making serious progress.”
Clout is contracted to Penrite Honda for two years. The second part of his contract is supercross only and includes America. With the string of great results, the team has decided to leave Clout in America to complete the West Coast Championship.
“It makes sense to leave Luke in America, he’s getting more comfortable each week on the 250, he is committed to the program here and we hope the momentum will pay off. We have a strong local program back in Australia with Brett Metcalfe and Kyle Webster for motocross and will announce our full supercross program in the coming months,” Konsky added.
Remember, four-time and defending Australian Supercross Champion Justin Brayton has also been racing for the Penrite Honda team during his title runs. It’s expected that he will be back with the team again later this year.
Australia’s General Manager of Honda Motorcycles, Tony Hinton is pleased Clout will continue to fly the flag for Honda Australia in America.“Luke’s progressive results have attracted a lot of attention, he’s exciting to watch and we are very pleased he is representing Honda. He is determined to win and that’s what we like to see and encourage in our riders, whether competing in Australia or overseas,” Hinton said.
The Penrite Honda program in the U.S. started with simple goals, as the team was at first going to operate for just a few races with Clout, and work out of Brayton’s Sprinter van. Konsky decided to go bigger in year one, adding the SX veteran Oldenburg and moving the team into an 18 wheeler.
“I didn’t know how this would go down. I was originally doing 3 to 4 rounds out of a van,” said Clout. “We seriously set up and full professional program in America. Yarrive doesn’t like doing things by halves and he has really given us the greatest opportunity to prove ourselves. To Tony Hinton, Honda Australia, Toby Dymond and Penrite I must say thank you. This is my dream and I believe we will only get better. I will be home later this year to race the Australian supercross championship.”