Tracks: 2020 Supercross

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Monster Energy Supercross is just around the corner and it is now acceptable to get very excited about what the seventeen-round series has in store for fans across the globe. There are many, many subplots for pundits to feast on and those should keep people busy over the next thirteen days. What facts are there to digest at this point though? Feld Motorsports released the track maps for every single stop on the calendar recently and those are below.

It is interesting to see sand sections in use at nine of the seventeen rounds. Although those sections do not always create the best racing, there are some creative designs in there. There will be a rhythm section made completely of sand in Tampa, for instance. There has not been a section like that since Monster Energy Supercross last visited Tampa in 2017.

It is equally as interesting to see that the track will run outside of the stadium in Salt Lake City, as it has done in Las Vegas for years. This is obviously an addition to give the last event unique appeal. Las Vegas, which will be the penultimate race for the first time, will not exit the stadium as it usually does. What stands out to you from the designs below? Join the conversation on social media (motocrossvice on Twitter).

Anaheim 1
St. Louis
Anaheim 2
Glendale
Oakland
San Diego
Tampa
Arlington
Atlanta
Daytona
Indianapolis
Detroit
Seattle
Denver
Foxborough
Las Vegas
Salt Lake City

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The MX Vice Show: #21

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It’s episode twenty-one of The MX Vice Show! Join hosts James Burfield and Lewis Phillips as they discuss everything that is going on in the sport currently. Hot topics include Maxime Renaux re-signing with the SM Action Yamaha, Nestaan-MX taking over the Husqvarna MX2 effort and Tim Gajser racing at the 2019 Monster Energy Cup. The 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship is discussed at length as well. Get this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud, Google Play and Stitcher.

Hosts: James Burfield and Lewis Phillips

The MX Vice Show: #20

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There may have been a lack of racing over the weekend but The MX Vice Show is back for episode twenty! Join hosts James Burfield and Lewis Phillips as they discuss the latest rumours from the Grand Prix paddock, some hot topics and take questions from listeners. There is also an interview with Image Design Custom’s Tom Fuller! The podcast can be found below. It is also available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play and SoundCloud.

Hosts: James Burfield and Lewis Phillips

The MX Vice Show: #19

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The 2019 Motocross of Nations is in the rear-view mirror! Lewis Phillips and James Burfield – hosts of The MX Vice Show – break all of the action down from the event in the latest podcast. An exclusive interview with Monster Energy’s Aaron Nixon is also dropped into here. This podcast is also available on Stitcher, iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud, Google Play and more platforms.

Hosts: James Burfield and Lewis Phillips

Full Results: Assen

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The Assen TT Circuit is currently playing host to the 2019 Motocross of Nations! This is the greatest event of the season and thus everyone will want to follow the results and standings across the weekend. This is the place to do that. All of the practice times, qualifying results and race results will be added to this page across the weekend. Just save the link and then check back regularly!

Warm Up Group Two (10:20)
Warm Up Group One (10:00)
Saturday
Countries Qualifying Classification
Open Qualifying Race (15:30)
MX2 Qualifying Race (14:30)
MXGP Qualifying Race (13:30)
Open Free Practice (11:40)
MX2 Free Practice (10:50)
MXGP Free Practice (10:00)

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The MX Vice Show: #18

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Following a bout in hospital, Lewis Phillips is back alongside James Burfield for episode eighteen of The MX Vice Show! There is a lot to discuss this week: Jeffrey Herlings, Motocross of Nations updates, injuries, travelling to Turkey, breaking news from Shaun Simpson and questions from listeners! There are intense arguments about Jago Geerts and Thomas Olsen too. Jump right in and enjoy. Get this show on Spotify, iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher and Google Play.

Hosts: James Burfield and Lewis Phillips

Champion: Jorge Prado

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It’s not surprising in the slightest, but Jorge Prado was crowned the MX2 world champion after the opening race at the Grand Prix of Sweden. Prado did not stray from his normal routine in the thirty-minute stint, despite the high-pressure situation, and took a commanding win in front of the many Nordic fans who have flocked to round sixteen of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship.

The writing has been on the wall for a while now, as Prado has won twenty-seven of the twenty-nine motos that he competed in this term and claimed all of the overall victories that he has chased. From the sand of Lommel to the hard-pack of Semarang, he has been unstoppable and left his competition with no retort. It has also been well-documented that he is set to match the number of consecutive overall wins that Jeffrey Herlings today, should he stand atop the podium. The streak dates back to his Assen win in September last year. Greatness is oozing out of the Red Bull KTM camp at the moment.

There are so many facts that one can cling to in order to express just how impressive he has been this year. Four hundred and fifty-two laps had been led by him going into the Grand Prix of Sweden, out of a possible five hundred and thirty, and that even includes the round that he did not compete at! Take the Grand Prix of Great Britain out of the equation and he has only failed to lead fifty-one laps this season. Insanity. Twelve pole positions have been claimed too, out of a possible fifteen.

Prado has stood atop the box twenty-nine times in his career now, not including a potential victory in Sweden today. There was that maiden win at the Grand Prix of Trentino in 2017, in conditions that were not too dissimilar to what riders are experiencing at Uddevalla today, and since then he has won twenty-eight of the fifty MX2 rounds. It flew under the radar at the time, but that was a turning point in the class and one that was a sign of things to come. Another new era is upon us too now, as Prado only has two more races left on his trusty 250F and will soon embark on a journey into the unknown.

The first time that Prado will face those in the premier category will be at the Motocross of Nations, as he is set to step onto a 450. The prospect of a battle between Prado and his predecessor, Herlings, has fans watering at the mouth, as it is rare for the careers of two phenomenal talents to overlap. “He has done pretty well,” Herlings said when addressing the success that Prado has experienced in MX2. “We can admit that he would have won all of the races, had that not happened in England with the races that he missed, but it would have been the same for me.

If I had not missed a race back in that time, I probably would have won them all as well. He will probably match it [my record for consecutive wins] and then go over it in Turkey and Shanghai, or wherever the last race is. He was really great this year and deserves to win the championship. He was the best by far. It is a good time to go to the big boys, which he will do at Assen. I respect that. He doesn’t have another option, because of the rule, but I respect that a lot… Going into the MXGP class at nineteen and fighting with the big boys.

Next year will definitely be tough for him,” Herlings continued. “He will fight for wins, don’t get me wrong, but it’s different than the MX2 class. He had a great MX2 career. I would say almost as successful as mine: I won three [titles] and sixty-three GPs, but I was in the class way longer. If he stayed in the class for that long, then I think he would match that or even be better. I am happy I have still got some of my records, but he has done great.”

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Ray Archer

A Saturday Show: MXGP of Sweden

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The MX Vice Saturday Show is back! Following a rather long hiatus, James Burfield and Lewis Phillips are back to dissect everything that happened on day one at the Grand Prix of Sweden. Join us as as we discuss Jeffrey Herlings’ insane qualifying heat win, Stephen Rubini’s insane ride in EMX250 and more. There is even some MX Manager chatter at the end! Get this podcast on SoundCloud, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher. Alternatively, just listen below!

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Pinpoint: Manager Tips

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Jeffrey Herlings is back again, much to the delight of fans across the globe, and will undoubtedly tempt MX Manager players before gates fall for the first time on Sunday. Herlings will be the main focus on the fantasy game this week and have a part to play in a majority of teams, but does that really mean that he is a brilliant pick?

Herlings has set a precedent for what his returns should look like now, as his ride at the Grand Prix of Latvia was phenomenal and is now permanently engraved in the minds of most. It is worth remembering that he did not return at that event though. The Grand Prix of Russia, which was held the week before, was his real return and he finished fourth overall there. Now, he costs €400,000 on the game this week and that is by no means a deal breaker. If he finishes fourth overall again then, heck, that would be quite the return. A podium finish can only be considered a bonus at this point.

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It is worth noting that Herlings was not initially pencilled in to compete at the spectacular Uddevalla circuit. Dirk Gruebel labelled the chances of him making a return at Uddevalla unlikely five days ago and, according to those who were at the Team Netherlands press conference this week, the idea of tackling the hard-pack was shunned at that point too. Herlings is back though and has been on a bike for just over two weeks now, so there is no doubt that there may be a fair amount of rust to knock to the wayside. Uddevalla has actually been quite cruel to him too, so there is a reason to expect him to be a bit gun-shy.

Tommy Searle is potentially an amazing option too, as €250,000 is his current price tag. Although that may seem like a scary proposition, considering his inconsistency this year, if he can pull off another top-six result then those who select him would be in a good spot. Pair Searle up with Herlings and suddenly a potent duo is set to hit the premier class for just over fifty percent of the initial budget. What about Anthony Rodriguez at €75,000? There is not quite as much upside there, but points are effectively guaranteed for a rather low price.

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There are also low-cost options in the MX2 division. Dylan Walsh does leap off of the page at just €150,000. Walsh has not hit the heights that some expect to date, but it does seem there is untapped potential there. Could this weekend be a breakthrough of sorts? The conditions will play to his strengths, but a decent start is the missing ingredient and those have been hard to come by over the last fifteen races. Brian Moreau is a brighter prospect at €100,000 but needs to find consistency, as he has appeared inside of the top ten just twice since the start of June and has failed to score in six of the motos in that time.

Mitch Evans holds the unwanted tag of fantasy killer now, as an unfortunate string of falls and injuries have left him scrambling for points. Evans is tempting again this weekend, as he costs €200,000, but he failed to secure a single point at Imola. How much of an improvement would there really have been in the last seven days? Although the investment is not significant, it just seems as though it is too much of a gamble. Moreau is arguably a safer option at this point and that is really saying something. Mitchell Harrison could even be a better option than any of these riders at €150,000. Evidently, there is a decent pool of guys to pick from.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Ray Archer