2020 Pro Motocross | Class Entries Limited
As the start of the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship nears, we’re starting to see the details about how the nine-round summer tour will be organized in accordance with state health mandates and social distancing guidelines. The latest announcement by MX Sports pertains to the entry lists, as the series organizer and the AMA have agreed to lower the maximum number of competitors to 76 riders per class, per round.
In a “normal” race season, MX Sports allows up to 90 riders to enter each class a round of the Nationals, for a possible total of 180 riders. Although that seems like a big number, in 2019 the 450 Class hit the cap at High Point and Unadilla and had turnouts that were close to the limit at RedBud, Spring Creek, and Budds Creek. With each rider comes at least one person to serve as a mechanic or helping hand, and at a very modest measure of one rider-one mechanic combined puts the potential number of people in the pits at 360 (but it’s most certainly much more).
Cutting the number down to 76 per class for the 2020 season puts that the maximum number of Pro Motocross competitors at 152 per weekend, a total that grows to 304 when one mechanic per rider is factored in. Although it’s yet to be confirmed, we expect the number of hard card passes will be limited in 2020, as MX Sports needs to lessen the total amount of people allowed in the closed-off paddock, not just the racers.
Putting a cap on the number of people allowed in the pit will take a bit of a burden off the event promoters, as they’ll certainly be under the watchful eye of their local health departments and will need to reduce the risk of possible virus transmission as much as possible. MX Sports announced that every rider and team will be required to wear a facial covering of some sort when social distancing isn’t possible at the track, and the full cooperation of competitors will be necessary to keep state officials off their case. With at least 56 people kept from coming (a number that could easily be tripled when you factor in families, therapists, and brand reps into the equation), MX Sports will have a little less to worry about on race day.
If you’re planning to spend your summer racing the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, then you should get your entries filed as soon as possible. There are dozens of riders around the country that want to do the same and 76 spots on the starting line will fill up quickly…
Due to COVID19 concerns it is prudent to limit the number of class entries per event. Currently class entries are limited to 90 riders per class. To mitigate the number of persons in the paddock this season, class entries will be reduced to 76 riders per class. Accordingly, Rule 1.4 of the 2020 Rules for Professional Motocross Competition is amended as follows:
1.4 Class Entries
- Entries will be limited to 76 riders per class for both the 450 and 250 classes.