Features 19 Feb 2013

Top 10: Attractions of American SX

MotoOnline.com.au looks at the most impressive aspects of Monster Energy Supercross.

Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, is the pinnacle of the sport. Fresh back from our annual US tour, here are a heap of attractions that make us such big fans of supercross in America.

If you get a chance to watch supercross, be sure to enter the stadium early enough to watch practice. Watching these guys learn the tracks is interesting and then the progression into the races magnifies their bike skills. You don’t get better than these guys at supercross, period.

Factory bikes
The quality of the bikes in American Supercross is first class, super clean and well maintained from round one through to the Vegas finals. It’s the factory bikes that can literally stop you for a long, long time as you scan over the trick bits pieced upon it. Click here to check out a gallery we posted recently.

American Supercross is the pinnacle of the sport. Image: Simon Cudby.

American Supercross is the pinnacle of the sport. Image: Simon Cudby.

While they’re not always perfect, the full size supercross tracks of the Monster Energy Supercross series are incredibly technical, challenging the best riders on the planet. Looking at them from the stands is one thing, seeing them up close from the floor is another. One word: respect.

Rivalries between the top guys in the US is fierce, no doubt about that. This year has produced some spectacular racing over the first seven rounds, headed by underdog series leader Davi Millsaps. On any given weekend we’re seeing the guys rub elbows, bang ’bars and push their way through the slimmest of gaps in a bid to climb the order. And the most action? Check out the LCQs!

The Ladies
Monster Energy has a huge army of amazing girls floating about on any given race weekend, as do many more brands within the industry looking to gain an advantage in their promotions. These ladies are ultimately professional and ultra good looking, so check them out! And yep, we’ve got a gallery of them as well (click here).

Opening ceremonies
The national anthem, laser shows, fireworks and memorable rider introductions, the opening ceremonies are real highlights no matter how many supercross events you go to. On top of that, you don’t want to miss Kevin Windham’s gnarly transfer jumps during his intros!

You have to hand it to American sportsfans – they get right behind their favourites and aren’t afraid to let it be known who they’re not so fond of. It makes for a unique vibe, as does the general feel of the event as soon as the lights go out for the ceremonies.

Ryan Villopoto and Chad Reed battle it out at Anaheim. Image: Simon Cudby.

Ryan Villopoto and Chad Reed battle it out at Anaheim. Image: Simon Cudby.

The sheer size of the stadiums in the US are absolutely incredible, shared between baseball and football teams during the year. While Anaheim’s Angel Stadium is a favourite of mine, history is a huge part of every stadium on the schedule.

The afternoon pit party at Monster Energy Supercross showcases a heap of the sport’s quality products, plus gives fans the opportunity to meet riders and get their autographs. It’s an aspect of American SX that you won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

Chad Reed
In the latter stages of his career, Chad Reed could very well hang up his helmet in the next season or two. It’s unlikely we’ll see an Aussie as great as him within our lifetime (I’d love to be wrong!), so do yourself a favour and witness the TwoTwo’s brilliance first hand in the US.