As anybody who reads this RANT knows, I absolutely hate winter. So much so that I have affectionately named the period in Middle Tennessee between November 1st and February 28th the “Dark Months”. It’s that time of year when it’s cold, wet and dark… and therefore not very conducive to riding motorcycles. Sometimes I wonder if I will make to March 1st without going stir crazy but I always seem to somehow survive the Dark Months… and one of the things that pulls me through is the AMA Supercross Season.
While not one of the most popular motor-sports, it is in my book, the most exciting… particularly if you ride. Imagine if you will… a baseball or football stadium converted to a mini motocross track with riders going faster and jumping higher than they should on two wheels. The competition is fierce to say the least and most motorcycle enthusiasts that watch one race are instantly hooked.
This 2009 Season starts in Anaheim, California on January 3rd and this year promises to be one of the best. First of all, the top riders are all healthy and secondly, a few of the top Lites riders will be moving up to Supercross this season, creating even greater competition.
There are lots of changes as well. My favorite rider and long time Kawasaki pilot James “Bubba” Stewart finds himself riding a blue Yamaha in 2009, last years champion Chad Reed has moved from Yamaha to the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team (Ricky Carmichael’s old stomping grounds) and Monster Energy Kawasaki has moved Lites dominator Ryan Villopoto up to the big show and he will be riding Supercross for the first time ever.
All the races will be televised (delayed) by CBS or SPEED so check your local listings, set the DVR and let Supercross pull you through the Dark Months!