FELD is hard at work behind the scenes trying to put together the final seven rounds of the 2020 Monster Energy Supercross season. As most have heard, FELD is hoping to race the final seven rounds in Glendale, Arizona starting on May 15th and concluding the series in just four short weeks of racing.
It is a tall order to organize that plan in such a short amount of time and it sounds like there understandably might be some battles behind the scenes with riders and teams on making that happen. Today, the 2019 450SX AMA Supercross Champion, Cooper Webb, weighed in on the idea from Instagram and it appears Cooper is a little frustrated that everyone did not immediately get on board with the idea. Check out what Cooper had to say in the quotes below.
“As some of you know and have heard, there’s an opportunity to go racing around May 15th,” Cooper Webb said from Instagram today. “I’ve been asked my opinion and have been on the phone talking to multiple different people about it for the last few weeks. As of April 17th, it sounded like a go but as of yesterday it is becoming questionable because some teams and riders feel there isn’t enough time to get ready.”
“I’m blessed to be on Red Bull / KTM where we are always #readytorace but this had me thinking a bit. Feld is prepared to bring back employees, work with the riders and teams to have a very limited amount of people at the venue and in the stadium, have multiple health care workers to check every single person’s temperature and symptoms every time we come into the stadium, as well as to be the first sport back to action while practicing social distancing with some adjustments to the racing and schedule with unfortunately no fans allowed at stadium.”
“I know myself and almost every person in our industry has had some pay deduction or even extreme been laid off until we are back racing. I feel as professional supercross racers it’s our jobs to be ready to race and do our jobs whenever called upon. As of April 17th and possibly prior, riders got told of the possibility of racing May 15 which made it fair to everyone to know that in 4 weeks we could be back racing.”
“With bikes ready, SX settings we already have, the 26 weeks of sx we’ve already done this year (off-season preparation) with 3-4 days of riding each of those weeks ( appx 95-105 days of riding sx), I feel like we should do our SX/MX community a favor and try to be ready to race. With that being said, it gives us an opportunity to grow our sport, give people jobs back, and give all you fans a chance to see us race on TV while we do everything possible to stay safe, clean and do the proper testing to ensure we don’t spread this virus. A bit of a rant but that’s how I feel what do you guys think? Would you like to see us race Supercross soon?”
Well, there you have it. Cooper Webb let his opinion fly and he makes some very good points. I definitely see both sides of this argument but, I gotta say, I think I side with the defending champ on this one. We will pay close attention to this story and bring you updates as we get them.