Getting to know the contenders in the Monster Energy Supercross series

Late last year, we were approached by the public relations firm representing the Monster Energy Supercross series. They expressed an interest in getting additional exposure for the series here on SpeedwayDigest.com in addition to our weekly radio show, Speedway Digest Thursday Night Thunder. Of course, we jumped at the opportunity!

Our discussions progressed, and we were given the opportunity to chat with Kyle Cunningham and Alex Ray on the December 5, 2019 episode of Speedway Digest Thursday Night Thunder, Episode 176, with plans to highlight future riders.

While we still hope to have other competitors on the program, including the great Ricky Carmichael, we would also like to give you, our readers, a glimpse into some of the marquee racers who thrill audiences all across the country on an almost weekly basis.

With that, we are pleased to introduce our series, Getting to know the contenders in the Monster Energy Supercross series. In five interviews, we will find out a little more about some of the biggest stars on two wheels!

  • Chad Reed: Chad Reed is in his 19th and final Supercross season. The two-time Monster Energy Supercross champion has the most podium finishes in Supercross history and his 44 career 450SX wins place him fourth all-time. The oldest competitor in the sport today, his 19th season will see him have the longest career in the sport. He will try to ride out on top, challenging the young crop of world-class riders looking to capture the 2020 Supercross crown.
  • Eli Tomac: Eli Tomac is the best Supercross rider to have never won a Supercross championship. He is still the only rider in the history of the sport to win his professional debut, and he has been the Supercross championship runner-up three times in the past five years (2015, 2017 & 2019). Also, during the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross season, Tomac won nearly half of the races (7 total victories). Will 2020 be the year he breaks through?
  • Ken Roczen: Ken Roczen was at the top of his game in 2017. Following a motocross championship, he started strong on the Supercross track, winning the first two events of the season. Then, in an instant, his career trajectory shifted. In the third race of the season (Anaheim), Roczen was launched from his bike, landing 30 feet from takeoff with the full weight of his body crushing his arm. It could’ve, and probably should’ve, been a career ending injury. After nearly losing his arm and following 12 surgeries, Roczen returned to riding in 2018. He now enters the 2020 season looking to cap off an improbable stretch with a seemingly unlikely championship season.  
  • Cooper Webb: Only five riders have earned back-to-back Supercross titles, Cooper is looking to make it six.
  • Adam Cianciarulo: Nobody has successfully made the jump from 250 to 450 their rookie season, but Adam is proving to be the real deal. He won the Monster Energy All-Star race in October, and started the 2020 season with a second place finish.

     

We are looking forward to learning a bit more about these talented young men, and will be bringing you highlights of the on-track action throughout the 2020 season. We are even planning trips to at least two of the big races on the schedule; Daytona and Seattle, and hope to attend more in the future.

Stay tuned. It’s going to be a bumpy ride!

 

Adam Sinclair