If you are someone who loves to watch races, Supercross must be on the top of your bucket list. And when you are lucky enough to be a part of the mega event, you have two options. Either you can focus on a single spot of the whole track, or you can follow anyone rider. But no matter what, you will be missing many things in this fast sport event. We were lucky enough to be able to get a behind the scenes look of this grand event. The Anaheim was held on 5th Jan in California.
And as soon as we were able to see the track, we were sure that there are precise turns which will cause a lot of problems to the rides. And with the rain over us, things were going to get more difficult for the riders.
What Is The Supercross?
For people who are not aware, Supercross is a high-flying motorcycle event which has a long history. It is prominent from the time the AMA or the American Motorcyclist Association was marketing bikes. After the Second World War, motorcycle racing became a famous sport. But the problem was most of these races were held of horse tracks. And also the motorcycles during that time were not strong enough and also were too heavy.
But the industry saw a reform when European experts came to North America with their skills. In 1971 the Supercross came into existence. The name is a mix of Superbowl and motocross. And with time, the bikes also got more powerful and lean. Not only this, but the tracks also got better. Motorcycle racing became a prominent sport, and everyone started following it.
Today Supercross is one of the most popular events to occur in the world. It includes a total of 17 races between January to May. The racers compete with each other on custom tracks with launches up to a height of 30 feet in the air. There are two main events, and there are a total of 44 riders participating in the game. All major manufacturers like Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Yamaha have their presence in the grand event.
The Anaheim 1
This was a kickoff race and was extremely wild. Because there are many new riders with new bikes and sponsors, no one knows what will happen in the race. And this year the event was no different. With rain pushing hard, the tracks were full of mud. Rain changes everything about this race.
The track is custom and takes 20 members to work for 60 hours to get it ready. The trail itself is a prominent element when it comes to these races. The riders do get to practice on the track before the actual day of the race. But with rain, everything changes, and so does the route. It can mess up your plan. And when the tracks are wet, the bikes can pick up a lot of dirt making it more cumbersome and challenging to ride. Supercross was surely a once in the lifetime opportunity, and everyone who gets an opportunity should cherish it.