In a season that has offered nearly everything, it’s time to throw another potential curve balla at the racers, courtesy of wild weather and altitude here in Denver. Round 15 of Monster Energy Supercross marks the first race in the mile-high city since 1996, and the open stadium makes this track susceptible to anything and everything. Massive snow fell here during the week, but the track crew shoveled it off, pulled the tarps, and found most of the track completely dry. Light snow fell last night but didn’t really make an impact, but then it started snowing again as practice started today. Will it eventually soak the track enough to make a difference? It’s already quite slick out there, it will be interesting to see if the track holds up as the snow keeps falling.
This might sound like much hype about weather, however, every race here is still critical. Cooper Webb has a 21-point lead over both Marvin Musquin and Eli Tomac, which seems healthy with three races left, but there’s a good chance the “good” Eli Tomac shows up here. This is his home race, he’s in a good spot after winning last weekend in Nashville, and wow was he in a good mood when we talked to him yesterday. The 21-point gap puts Eli in a nothing-to-lose-but-not-out-of-it position, and it sounds like he’s quite comfortable there. Don’t count out Musquin, either, as he logged the fastest time (with Tomac second) in free practice this morning. This 450SX title chase is definitely not over. Plus, you have the never-ending Ken Roczen watch, with his first victory since 2017 seeming imminent, and riders like Dean Wilson and Blake Baggett going fast each weekend.
By the way, even if the snow doesn't make it a mudder here, the riders will be dealing with cold temps. We are hearing all kinds of theories to keep hands warm, as that's usually the biggest problem when it gets cold.
In injury news, Justin Barcia is out for the rest of supercross after some crashes the last few weeks, while Mike Alessi, who was supposed to be finished with supercross after Seattle, is here racing again. Justin Brayton is expected back by the next race in New Jersey, and then Alessi will go back to prep for Rockstar Energy Canadian Motocross.
The 250SX class is tight, also, with Dylan Ferrandis carrying a two-race win streak, closing to within five points of leader Adam Cianciarulo. Again, every race this year seems pivotal.