FXR Racing Presents MXP Chatter With Andy White

With the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross Series Schedule getting released on Monday, we decided to reach out to FXR Racing’s Andy White to get his thoughts on how it looks. With FXR Racing currently supporting a lot of SX riders including Broc Tickle and Joey Crown, Andy has to keep a close eye on this series. Here is Andy’s thoughts on next year’s Supercross Series schedule.

MXP: Hey Andy, first off let’s talk about FXR Racing. This has been a crazy year, to say the least. How is everything at FXR?

Andy: Yes it’s been a very strange year for sure. Obviously, none of us have ever seen anything like this before. When the pandemic started we began making plans to change a few things up, then we started to notice sales of our product went up like all e-commerce-based businesses. I believe we are still in for some rocky days ahead. Let’s just hope things go back to normal real soon.

Yes it has been a crazy time and thankfully this industry has seen a massive sales boost in a number of areas. We know it won’t last forever, but we’ll take what we can get. Okay, the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross Series Schedule was announced on Monday. Have you had a chance to look it over?

Yes I have. I am happy to see that the 2021 Supercross Series has a schedule and some locations all set up. That’s exciting for sure. It’s a little strange that the east coast teams will hit the track first for a change. It’s also good they have at least six different stadiums on the schedule, plus there is a strong chance that fans will be able to attend the events too. I am pleased to hear that.

 We’ve both attended a few of the opening rounds in California over the years. It’s going to be strange not to have the series begin at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. 

I agree with you but I am sure FELD will do a great job of making it look good. At least the weather will not play a factor at round one this year as the stadium has a roof.

So, as we mentioned, the 2021 series kicks off in Houston with three events in a row. Like we saw earlier this year in SLC, there will be races in Houston on Saturday, Tuesday, and then again on Saturday. Do you like the idea of having multiple events during the week?

That’s a good question. I am 50/50 on this one. As a fan, I don’t think it really matters as long as they change the track up from round to round so that it adds some excitement. As a brand manager/marketing guy I want new eyes on the events as much as possible. I feel it will be the same fans at all three rounds and that doesn’t work for me. As a racer, I think it’s great except if you need to make changes to your bike during the week. You need to find a practice track nearby and test. There are not many free days to do this between rounds. It’s challenging for both teams and riders.

Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis will host Round’s 4 and 5 of the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross Series.

From Houston, the series then moves to Indianapolis for two back-to-back, and then it’s to Glendale, AZ for three races in a row. I’m not sure how nice Indy will be in late January as far as the weather is concerned, but overall, I think it will be a good start to the series. 

Like I just stated it’s all good for the fans but for the teams and riders, not so good. Riding during the week will not happen, riders will have to fly south to test or they just stay in Indy and wait for the next round. At least in Salt Lake the riders and team employees could get out on the MTN bike trails and enjoy some much needed downtime between rounds. I’m not sure what you can do in Indy during the winter.

Obviously, the series is going to Regions and Stadiums that will allow some spectators. We’re hearing somewhere around the neighbourhood of 15-20% capacity. It’s not perfect, but it’s better than nothing. 

I am very happy that fans will be able to attend. These are the people that buy our products. Let’s hope that number can grow during the series

One date that jumped out to me was March 6th in Daytona. It’s very cool that this race date hasn’t changed for 2021. 

I agree. Daytona is one of my favourite events on the schedule. The track is not really a supercross track. It’s not really an outdoor-style track either. It’s a tricky track where you have to let it all hang out. That makes for some exciting racing.

There are also some TBA’s in the second half of the series before it concludes in SLC again, have you heard which cites will host these races? 

 I have heard they are hoping they can bring the series back to California later in the series. If not then they will go to cities like Vegas, St Louis, or even Atlanta.

FXR supports a lot of top riders who will be competing in the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross Series. Have you spoken to any of them and how do they feel about this new schedule?

I have not heard anything negative about the schedule. Maybe a few grumbles from the east coast riders that are up first. They usually get January and February to get some extra testing done…not this year. I don’t think the bigger teams have any issues. It’s more the teams that are only east coast based. 

Well, it’s exciting to finally have the series schedule out and now we can all get excited for supercross in 2021. Thanks Andy. Have a good weekend and Happy Halloween. 

Thanks Chris, same to you.