A New Direction…Maybe?

 

The championship points format has been the same for Monster Energy Supercross has been the same since the sports conception in the mid 1970’s. 25 points for a win, 22 for second, 21 third, and so on. While the action on the track has always been exciting (for the most part), the season ending points battles are often times leaving us fans snoozing. Last year Ryan Dungey had the championship wrapped up two full races before the end of the season. Something needs to change. We have seen the introduction of a Chase format in other forms of racing. Most notably being NASCAR, who has moved to a Chase format for all three of their major racing series.

What is a Chase format?  Well in NASCAR the chase is the Playoffs. When the series gets to the last ten races, the top 16 racers are moved into the chase for the championship. Meaning there points are reset with ten races to go. They are tied. The goal is to prevent a driver from running away with a championship and also prevent them from wrapping up a championship with multiple races left on the Schedule. Under the current system the NASCAR Championship is settled at the last race.

Supercross has had the same points structure for more years than I have been alive. There is no doubt that the chase format brings more excitement for the fans. That is why we have seen the top racing series in the U.S move to it. In my opinion Supercross needs to make the move as well. Supercross often times sees only three or four winners throughout the entire season. In a sport where there is so much domination, I believe that a reset like the Chase would benefit both fans, sponsors, and the riders.