New format for Supercross season begins in Anaheim Saturday

A new era in dirt bike racing will begin Saturday night when the starting gate drops at Angel Stadium to begin the inaugural SuperMotocross season, a 31-race campaign combining the sport’s two disciplines to determine the best all-around rider.

The first phase of this revolutionary competition includes 16 Supercross races, the first of which will be held tonight in Anaheim. At the conclusion of that season, the AMA will transition to the grueling outdoor Motocross Nationals. Afterward in the fall, the 22 top riders in points will meet in a three-race playoff to see who gets the $1 million championship check.

With a historic purse at stake, Eli Tomac is going to have to work to repeat as Supercross champion on his factory Yamaha as the series will feature one of its most talented fields.

Two-time Supercross champion Cooper Webb and 2018 titlist Jason Anderson will be there once again to push Tomac in every corner.

Anderson finished second in the standings last season, just nine points behind Tomac. The factory Kawasaki rider won seven on his 14 career 450cc main events in 2022 and stood on the podium in 10 of his 17 starts.

But a new challenger might emerge this season as Ken Roczen tries to rebuild a once iconic brand. After six seasons riding for Honda, he moves to Suzuki, which has struggled to reach the 22-bike main event field the past few seasons.

The oft-injured Roczen posted one victory in 2022, the season opener in Anaheim, before skipping the second half of the Supercross season to recover physically.

But with 44 career victories, which ranks fourth all-time, Tomac is the favorite tonight. On his way to winning his second Supercross championship, Tomac posted a five-race winning streak, 11 podium finishes and an average finish of 2.75 in 2022.

This will be the first of two stops of the Supercross Series on Anaheim this year as the riders will return on Jan. 28.

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