By Jon Row
You may miss something good this year watching SX on TV...
Thanks to the good folks at SPEED and CBS there are plenty of opportunities to watch Supercross again this year on TV or the web. If you’ve never been to a SX event though or attended one in a long time, you’re missing out.
Live SX delivers an experience your high zoot 1080p plasma monster can’t.
Most SX series stadiums and their pit activities provide a surprising amount of fun for you and your family. Its also a good value provided you plan around buying dinner in the stadiums. Seats average $30-35 but discounts are typically available and many venues offer $10 sections and designated family seating areas. Tail gating can be even more fun and getting there early gives you more time to experience what’s happening in the pits.
So what’ll you see that’s not on TV?
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Practice and qualifying: Catch the cat and mouse games as riders try to get that clean fast lap through traffic. You’ll also get to see some corner techniques and jump angles that don’t always work out.
Opening ceremonies: Moto theatre at its best. The flames, smoke, lasers and fireworks generate drama and anticipation other sports would kill for.
The JumboTron ads and live interviews are great and its always entertaining to see which fans boo, cheer or jeer the James and Chad intros. The intermission show is also fun.
The Pits: Parting with an empty energy drink can (Anaheim) get you up close and personal to sights sounds and smells TV can’t deliver. Autograph and picture opps are only the beginning here. There are plenty of things to see, do and interact with. The open work areas allow you to get very close to those $40,000 a copy factory race bikes and their million dollar custom transporters. Watch how deftly the factory techs use those T-handles instead of air tools and get a whiff of race gas.
People watching: Sure there’s a number of good looking models touting interesting products and companies but its more than just dress up night for moto guys and gals. The crowd demographics are why SX gets the lion’s share of motorcycle racing’s sponsorship dollars and marketing attention. A young, high energy, recession defying audience at its eclectic best.
If there’s a SX event within reasonable driving distance of you this year you should put it on your to do list for 2010.
Still can't make up your mind? Check out our Gallery featuring Bikeland's never-before-seen behind the scenes images from the 2010 season opener in Anaheim, California.... Click here to go directly to the Gallery
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