Friday Style Check With Palms- Opening Day

Well, the nice weather couldn’t have come at a better time as more of our tracks and our lives are beginning to open. We know there’s a lot of talk of a second wave of this virus hitting us or that having people free to do more things is going to produce a spike in Covid-19 cases. At this point about the only thing we do know is that we don’t know much about what might happen with this virus. So far, a lot of very smart people have produced some very bad information and right now it’s unclear how much trust we have in the advice we’re being given. The only thing that is crystal clear is that unless the world returns to some sort of normalcy and the economy is allowed to restart, then we’re all in big trouble. Thankfully, our Provincial Governments agree with this thinking and some businesses and activities have resumed. We’re not sure about you, but it definitely brings a smile to our faces to see people out golfing again, and of course riding, right across the country.

On May 31st the 2020 Monster Energy Supercross will resume in Salt Lake City.

As it was announced last week, the 2020 Monster Energy Supercross Series is set to resume next weekend in Salt Lake City. The final seven rounds will take place on Sundays and Wednesdays until the series’ completion. Sadly, there will be no fans at any of the rounds, plus there will be a limited number of team personnel and series staff allowed to attend each event. It’s definitely not ideal but at this point we don’t think anyone cares as long as the gate drops. It’s been over two months since we’ve seen a Supercross take place. The last event was at Daytona where Eli Tomac held off a late charge by Ken Roczen to take the win. These two riders are currently sitting three points apart in the 450SX point standings as we get ready for this sprint to the finish. After all we’ve been through since the world shut down in March, it’s going to feel so good to watch some Supercross once again.

Will racing be able to resume in Canada sometime in June? Photo by James Lissimore

With any luck, resuming the Supercross Series will open the doors for a return to racing here in Canada. I know each country and each region is completely different, but having racing in the USA at the highest level can only help our chances here. This past week, Ontario’s regional racing organization AMO released a statement saying they were hoping to hold their first race in mid-June. We’re hearing that race could be at Gopher Dunes and then maybe Walton Raceway the following weekend. These two races would surely make it possible for Moto Park to hold their Moto Park Cup event in late June. Assuming this is permitted to take place, it surely would give Gopher Dunes and Sand Del Lee the green light to host the first two rounds of the 2020 Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series in July. This is obviously all happening in Ontario, hopefully it’s going to be a similar situation right across the country. Currently, it’s all based on hope and wishful thinking, but as we said, at least some of our tracks are opening for practice.

So, get out and enjoy some fresh air at your local track this weekend. Since they’ve been closed for a long time you know they’re excited to be reopen. However, please adhere to the rules that have been put in place, and let’s all ride safe!