After major disruptions due to COVID-19, America is racing motorcycles again, at least for now. Supercross resumed action over the May 31 weekend, and outdoor motocross is next.
Supercross saw its season hit the skids in March, when the coronavirus pandemic was first hitting the US. Starting with the Indianapolis round, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross schedule was put on hold, while authorities and organizers figured how to make the races happen safely.
The solution? Officials decided the best way to end the season was in an empty stadium. All seven remaining races are running in Salt Lake City, starting last weekend (May 31). Nobody can attend the events, due to social distancing requirements, but the races will be broadcast on NBC Sports (check local listings for time/channel number).
Along with the rebooted supercross series (check here for Salt Lake City’s results), the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross is also getting ready to start. The original plan was to start racing July 4, but now it’s been pushed forward to July 18; the first event runs at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Organizers are planning for 10 or 11 races, with the season closing October 10 at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.
The trouble is, nobody’s quite sure about the government rules on public gatherings. For now, race organizers are trying to schedule events for states that allow fans to watch the action in-person, but with the quickly-changing environment we’re living in these days, predicting the future is almost impossible. A start date and end date will help race teams somewhat, but there are still plenty of details to hammer out in coming weeks—many of the races between the Indiana starter and the California closer are somewhat up in the air.