Supercross Terminology 101

From February into March, we transition into the 78th annual Bike Week At DAYTONA following the conclusion of the DAYTONA 500. Bike Week festivities truly begin Saturday March 9 with DAYTONA Supercross, the only Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship event in the state of Florida and one of the marquee events of the entire Supercross calendar! 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.


High-flying DAYTONA Supercross action!


  • 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. LCQs 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 – All 22 riders that reach the Main Event will receive points that count toward the series championship, with the race champion earning 26 points. Riders compete in 17 rounds to determine the season champion of 450SX Class, while the East and West Regions of 250SX Class compete in 10 races each to determine who takes home the crown. DAYTONA Supercross is the 10th round of the 2019 season.

  • 450SX Class – The premiere class of Monster Energy AMA Supercross and the main event of the weekend. Top riders like Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen 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.


Lines and roost 


  • 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.

The gates drop and the race is on!


  • 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 flying too high into 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 Supercross on Saturday, March 9 at the “World Center of Racing.”

Opening ceremonies at DAYTONA Supercross

Fans can upgrade their Supercross experience and get closer to the action than anywhere else on the circuit with Trackside Access, allowing you 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.

Tickets for DAYTONA Supercross are on sale now or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. General admission tickets for DAYTONA Supercross start at $45 and youth tickets (ages 6-12) are $15; kids five and under are free in general admission frontstretch seating.