ELLENTON, Fla. – Feld Entertainment has announced major changes in advance of the 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season.
Included in those changes is a revised points system, the addition of three Triple Crown Monster Energy Cup-style events, two 250SX East/West Showdowns, four Supercross Amateur racing events and the elimination of semi races in qualifying for the Main Event.
For the first time in more than two decades, the 2018 season will the debut an all-new points system to evenly allocate points over all 22 finishing positions. While the gap between first, second and third has not changed, the new points system will ensure that the race to the championship will be much more competitive throughout the season as the reward is greater for a better finish.
The elimination of semi races will add further pressure to qualify as the world’s most elite endurance athletes will have just two chances to ensure a spot in the main event through one of two heat races or a last chance qualifier. This year, the top nine in each heat will qualify directly into the main event while positions 10-20 will have one last chance to make it through the LCQ.
Previously, only five positions would transfer to the main event from the heat races and all others would be transferred to a semi race. Eliminating the semi races will make for longer heat races and last chance qualifiers, allowing for more intense battles on the track from the stars for the fans.
Possibly the biggest change in 2018 will be the introduction of the Monster Energy Supercross Triple Crown, a three-city showdown hosted at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., on Jan. 20, Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., on March 3 and U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., on April 14, where both the 250SX and 450SX classes will compete in three main events.
Qualifying races will reduce the field to the top 22 riders in each class, and the 250SX class will compete in 6-, 10- and 12-minute main events, while the 450SX class will compete in 8-, 12- and 15-minute Main Events. An Olympic-style scoring method will be used to determine an overall winner in each class from all three main events where the lowest combined score at the end will be awarded the overall win.
Additionally, two 250SX East/West Showdowns will double the excitement in Indianapolis and Las Vegas this season as fans will have the opportunity to see 20 of the fastest riders from each coast (Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship and Western Regional 250SX Class Championship) battling each other for victory. The main event will be the first and only time throughout the night where all of the 250SX class stars will line up on the gate for a 15-minute plus one lap main event where winner takes all.
Another change to the 2018 season includes the addition of four Supercross Amateur racing events at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., on Jan. 20, University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Jan. 27, Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 24 and Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., on March 3, which will give amateur athletes in 27 classes their only chance to compete in the same venue on the same weekend as all of the stars of Supercross.