The 2020 Monster Energy Supercross season went down as one of the most eventful in its history, and it was one of the only sports that was able to finish out its series despite the world going into lockdown.
In this video, I rank the seven moments that ultimately defined the season which we will remember for years to come.
ROCZEN BREAKS THROUGH FOR VICTORY
Coming in at number seven is Ken Roczen’s win in St Louis, which was one that we could get around after going winless for three straight years.
His last win was in 2017, which came just before that horrific crash that ultimately caused a number of setbacks in the seasons to come.
It was an emotional night for Roczen, who defeated Justin Barcia and Jason Anderson on his way to the top step of the podium.
Being just the second round of the season, this was the first major storyline of 2020, and he went onto record a number of victories throughout the year.
REED’S ONE LAST RIDE
Number six is Chad Reed’s ‘One Last Ride’ retirement tour.
The 2020 Supercross season will be remembered for many reasons, but one of them is the fact it’s last time we got to see Chad Reed race as a full-time professional athlete.
I think none of us ever wanted to see Reed retire as he is such a legend of the sport, but at 38 years of age, he’s given us so much more than any rider of his calibre, and I guess all good things must come to an end.
He obviously didn’t go out the way he wanted to with no fans in attendance at the closing round, and no doubt he’ll be making some appearances in 2021, but he went out in true Chad Reed fashion, scoring a season-best finish of 10th at the final round.
WEBB ESCAPES MAJOR INJURY, DAMAGES TITLE CHANCES
Moment number five is Cooper Webb’s nasty fall in Arlington, which may have just cost him his chance of defending his title.
The Red Bull KTM rider very fortunate to escape major injury, however the non-finish put a dent in his championship campaign.
He gritted his way to a podium a week later and was forced to play catch up for the remainder of the season, and not even a strong run of results in Salt Lake City could get him close enough to be within reasonable striking distance of Tomac.
Imagine how the remainder of the season would’ve panned if Webb didn’t suffer this championship? There could’ve been very different circumstances, and that’s why it rates in my top five defining moments of 2020.
THE ARRIVAL OF JETT LAWRENCE
I think we will all remember 2020 for the arrival of Jett Lawrence, and that’s why his rookie season comes in as moment number four.
Never have I seen before a rider so young seem to earn the respect of the global supercross fan base, cementing himself as a star of the sport with just six professional starts under his belt.
The 16 -year-old rose to fame when he almost claimed victory at Anaheim 2 before crashing heavily in the dying moments when coming under attack by Dylan Ferrandis, breaking his collarbone in the process.
The Australian has a one of a kind personality, and paired with his undeniable speed, talent and determination, he’s become one of the most liked riders on the gates, and he has a fast-tracked rookie season to thank for that.
TOMAC’S RUN TO THE TITLE IN SALT LAKE CITY
Before the final seven rounds hosted in Salt Lake City, just three points separated Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen, and that’s why his run to the title comes in at number three.
The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider was locked in a bullfight with Roczen up until Utah, where he was just super competitive and consistent, eventually being crowned champion with 25 points over Cooper Webb.
Up until claiming the title, Tomac was the most winningest rider without a championship, and his campaigns in recent seasons had derailed in the closing half, costing him any chance of getting the number one plate.
His performances in Salt Lake City ultimately defined how the 450SX title was decided.
DYLAN FERRANDIS VS CHRISTIAN CRAIG
Coming in at number two has to be the most controversial of the season, and that’s the clash between Dylan Ferrandis and Christain Craig.
The pair came into heavy contact with each other at Anaheim 2, and with Ferrandis being the instigator in the situation, all hell broke loose and he became one of the most hated riders in Supercross over the following rounds.
Any time the Frenchman did something on track, fans would boo him, but I think he eventually earned the respect back from some as the season progressed.
It was, and still is, a massive talking point of 2020, and it ranks in top few takeouts we’ve ever seen in Supercross.
IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS
Now coming in at number one is the impact of the Coronavirus.
COVID-19 is something every single one of us will remember for the rest of our lives, and it’s the number one that thing that defined the 2020 Supercross championship.
We were very fortunate that the Feld, the promoters of Supercross, were able to find a solution to carry out the remainder of the season after it was halted in late March, and that meant the final seven rounds took place in Salt Lake City over three weeks.
It’s actually one of the only sports in the world that was able to complete its series, not to mention actually return to competition as quickly as it did.
The final seven rounds didn’t have fans in attendance, but every Supercross fan across the globe was able to tune via the live broadcast, and without it, I think it would’ve made this time just that little more difficult for all of us.
So that’s my seven defining moments of 2020 Supercross, what would you add or take away from the list?