Courtesy of RacerX

February 15, 2017 9:45am

by Steve Matthes

Round six of the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Championship went off this past weekend in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys. I’m not a fan of Jerry Jones for a number of reasons, but I have to admit that he built a beautiful stadium. It might be the nicest one we visit all year. And props to Jerry for building this thing with very little public money in the form of bonds that will be paid back at some point. Note to all the greedy billionaire NFL owners on how you get a stadium built!

Anyways, I digress. Let’s talk some supercross.

The change to timed main events wasn’t something I felt strongly about when they announced it. I mean, I was on the bandwagon that the fans need to see the stars of the sport more (last year in Santa Clara, Ryan Dungey was on the track for 19 minutes in a four hour show; he needs to be out there more, in my opinion) but I thought there should be some bracket races, two main events, another qualifying race or something instead of just more laps in the main event. After all, most times the lead will only increase with more time and the races will be more monotonous than before. Supercross is very, very hard, people, and the longer they are out there, the more the gap between the elite riders and uhhhh, not so elite riders, grows, which isn’t always thrilling. Remember, we are entertainment as well as a sport. Change is good!

This past weekend we saw five extra laps in the 250s and six in the 450s compared to the old format and through six races with the new timed format we’re seeing the track break down more than most thought it would. The riders I speak to say it gets dangerous out there near the end of the main events as the track is down to the pavement/plywood in many spots, the lips are beat up and ruts are developing.

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