As we transition from Speedweeks into the 77th annual Bike Week At DAYTONA, the festivities begin Saturday, March 10 with the DAYTONA Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship. After several weeks of four-wheeled racing, let’s go over a few key terms you should know to get you up to speed on the “lingo” of the Supercross world.
- Heat Race – One of two qualifying races that take place before the Main Event. Heat 1 and Heat 2 feature 20 riders each, with the top nine finishers of each Heat advancing to the Main Event. Riders who finish 10-20 move to the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). Heat Races last six minutes plus one additional lap.
- Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) – 22 riders from Heat Race 1 and Heat Race 2 compete for the final four spots remaining in the Main Event, and as a result the LCQ can feature some of the most exhilarating racing of the night. LCQ’s last five minutes plus one additional lap.
- Main Event – The top-qualifying riders move on to the Main Event, where all 22 riders will earn championship points for their efforts. In the 250SX class, the Main Event takes 15 minutes plus one additional lap to determine the champion of the race, while the 450SX Main Event lasts 20 minutes plus one lap.
- Points System – New to 2018, all 22 riders that reach the Main Event will receive points that count toward the Monster Energy Supercross championship. The race champion will receive 26 points, 23 for second place, 21 for third, etc. Riders compete in over 17 events to determine the season champion of 450SX Class, while the East and West Regions of 250SX Class compete in eight races each to determine who takes home the crown. DAYTONA Monster Energy Supercross is the 10th event of the 2018 450SX season.
- 450SX Class – The premiere class of Monster Energy Supercross and the main event of the weekend. Top riders like Eli Tomac and Jason Anderson ride 450cc four-stroke motorcycles, which boast the power and torque to accelerate out of obstacles and jump higher distances than their smaller counterparts.
- 250SX Class – Split into East and West regions each awarding a separate champion, the 250cc four-stroke motorcycles in the 250SX class are primarily ridden by younger competitors looking to break out into the top category. The 250SX bikes are slightly smaller and more agile than those in the 450SX class.
- OEM – Short for “original equipment manufacturer.” Much like Chevrolet and Toyota in stock car racing, Supercross features several different manufacturers competing for bragging rights, including Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, KTM, and Husqvarna.
- Line – A particular path a rider might take through a part of the track, which may change due to course conditions.
- Flaggers – Officials stationed at various points throughout the track to advise riders of track conditions using different color-coded flags.
- Get-off – Supercross lingo for a wreck or a crash.
- Holeshot – In many races, a good start is an important component of a good finish, and that is no different in Supercross. After the starting gate drops, riders will attempt a “holeshot,” or a move to take the lead going into the first turn of a race.
- Wrench – Slang for a pit crew member/mechanic.
- Roost – The plume of dirt that sprays from the back of the motorcycle as the riders race around the track. If another rider is hit with that dirt, you could say that they have been “roosted.”
- Scrub – When a rider takes a jump at a sideways angle. Riders do this in order to navigate the jumps and obstacles at a faster pace without going too high in the air.
- Types of Jumps – There are a variety of tight turns and jumps that riders might navigate in a Supercross event, such as the Triple Jump, Dragon’s Back, Over-Under Bridge, and the Finish-Line Jump.
- Whoop – Not quite a series of jumps, a “whoop” is an obstacle on the course with a series of small bumps that test a rider’s control.
That’s just a few terms to know before you check out DAYTONA Monster Energy Supercross on Saturday, March 10 at the “World Center of Racing.”
Tickets for DAYTONA Monster Energy Supercross are now on sale at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. General admission tickets for DAYTONA Monster Energy Supercross start at $45 and youth tickets (ages 6-12) are $15; kids five and under are free in general admission stadium seating. Fans can upgrade their Supercross experience and get closer to the action than anywhere else on the circuit with Trackside Access which allows them to view the races from the frontstretch of the Speedway’s famous tri-oval. Trackside Access is an additional $20 and kids 5 and under are free.