Last weekend my buddy Nud and I made our way down to Atlanta to check out the 2010 Supercross series. Most of you know I have been an AMA Supercross fan for some time now but I had never experienced the action in person prior to this… and I have to say… it was even better in real life than I had expected. Even a hi-def TV screen can’t capture the magnitude of it all. These guys are way faster and jumping way higher than they appear to be on screen. If you get a chance… go check out AMA Supercross in person. From the PIT area to the practice sessions to the opening ceremony to the actual racing… it is just a blast! Here are a few pics I grabbed with my point-and-shoot… including a couple from our seats in the sold-out, massive (72,000 seats under one roof!) Georgia Dome.
My new Cycle World came in the mail today and one of the first things that grabbed my attention was this full-spread ad from Yamaha. That’s my man James Stewart on the right… contemplating a 2010 Supercross Championship!
As far as I’m concerned… January is only good for one thing and that’s the kickoff of the AMA Supercross season… and tomorrow night is the night. Anaheim, California will be rockin’ with the best off-road riders in the world and if you have SPEED channel you can see all the exciting action LIVE beginning at 9:00PM (Central). Will you be watching? I CAN’T WAIT!
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!