As the offseason winds down, racers, teams, and fans alike are preparing for the fast-approaching season opener. The 2019 Supercross season was equal parts exciting and unpredictable with Cooper Webb’s surprise title win, Jason Anderson’s untimely departure, unexpected fill-in riders, and more. Followed up with a thrilling Motocross season, some intensive international racing, and a heart-pounding battle at Monster Energy Cup, that stage is set for the 2020 season. The deck may be shuffled with injuries, fill-in riders, or just more surprise underdogs, but that’s Supercross! Keep reading to get the up-to-date information on teams, their riders, the contracts, and what the past year has looked like for each rider individually.

Fireworks at the Start of A1 2019
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New for 2020

The biggest changes for 2020 come in the way of venues. Nashville, Houston, and Minneapolis aren’t on the list for 2020, but Tampa is returning for only the second time ever. And then there’s the whole Salt Lake City thing…after skipping the state entirely last year, Supercross is returning to Utah for none other than the final round. It should come as no surprise that this has been a hot button issue, but whether you’re in support of the switch or not, it will be interesting to see how it all pans out.

Teams & Racers

This is what we’ve all been waiting for. Read on for information on the top riders’ teams and contracts, along with some offseason speculation and SX predictions.

Monster Energy Kawasaki

Eli Tomac: Signed a multi-year contract in May 2019

The 2020 SX season will be a continuation of the age-old hope that Eli Tomac will one day clinch a Supercross title. He’s got the other ones down – 2019 marked his third consecutive Motocross win (he had the title locked in by the penultimate round) – but he just can’t seem to bring that same cool, level-headed consistency indoors. In 2018, Tomac had taken two DNFs and one DNS by round 6, was on the podium until he took a 15th place in round 12, and then finished the season out with only 1st and 2nd place finishes. In 2019, Tomac was closer to the title, but fell short once again after taking two 6th place finishes and one 12th place finish over the course of four rounds. Tomac has won more races and been on the podium more than any other racer over the last two years – there’s no question he has the skill – but his lack of consistency has cost him the championship every time. With the competition for the title only intensifying, Tomac needs to win it soon if he’s ever going to.

That said, it’s been a quiet offseason for Tomac and the team. Kawasaki declined to participate in MXoN, so Tomac stayed in the states after the motocross season to train and conserve energy for the one offseason race he did attend: Monster Energy Cup. That was a big race for the team – upcoming 450SX rookie Adam Cianciarulo took a hard-fought win in the 3rd moto against Tomac, the defending champ from last year. That display from Cianciarulo may be setting the stage for an intense team rivalry, or, at least, another obstacle in Tomac’s title chase.

2020 Supercross Preview: Eli Tomac
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Adam Cianciarulo: Signed a multi-year contract in May 2019

The Team Green prodigy is moving up to the premiere class for 2020. Since 2004, Adam Cianciarulo has been taking titles and earning podiums for Monster Energy Kawasaki, including his most recent 250MX championship. The team is hoping that same speed and skill will follow Cianciarulo up to the big bikes, but the incoming champ has had his fair share of Supercross frustration. The most notable is the most recent – Cianciarulo’s crash in the season finale at Vegas. After leading the majority of the season and maintaining an 8-point lead over Dylan Ferrandis in 2nd place, Cianciarulo went down during the final race and had to watch the title go to the supposed runner-up. It was disheartening to watch, especially when considering the title hopeful had lost in 2018 by two points and in 2017 by, once again, just two points. It was always expected for Cianciarulo to move up to the 450s at the conclusion of 2019, but everyone thought it would be with a 250SX championship.

Regardless, Cianciarulo took everything in stride and came back stronger. As mentioned, he took home the 250MX championship, in addition to a surprise overall win at Monster Energy Cup. In what was arguably the most intense, heart-pounding moto, Cianciarulo held off a charging Tomac for the entire race, going 2-2-1 on the night to take the overall. Though several top riders were missing from the event, Cianciarulo still managed to hold off one of the fastest riders in the class. He’ll have a deep field to wade through, but chances are it won’t take Cianciarulo very long to rise to the top.

2020 Supercross Preview: Adam Cianciarulo
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Red Bull KTM

Cooper Webb: Continuing a two-year contract signed in October 2018

Cooper Webb is the one to watch for 2020, and how could he not be? Most of us likely remember the exact moment Webb passed Ken Roczen for the first main event win at 2019’s A2, finger point and all. Followed up with his record-breaking pass on Roczen at Arlington, Webb secured our captivation and ultimately the 2019 title. By the end of the season, Webb had taken 13 podiums, seven of those being 1st-place wins. He only finished out of the top 5 twice – 8th and 10th place – and didn’t ever finish out of the top 10. His average finish of 2.83 was the lowest of the season.

And it wasn’t in just SX that Webb excelled. The 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship saw Webb finishing 6th or better every single race, including one 1st- place finish. A minor contusion in his left knee caused him to miss the last three races, but even then, Web still took 6th overall by the end of the series. That’s better than he’s done his previous two 450MX seasons, even with missing those three races.

Long story short and though many of us may still be in shock, Cooper Webb’s incredible performances as of late seem to be indicative of hard work and practice rather than luck and circumstance. Whatever program he’s on with Red Bull KTM seems to be working, and as he’ll continue his current contract with the team through 2020, it’ll be interesting to see how fiercely Webb defends his title.

2020 Supercross Preview: Cooper Webb
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Marvin Musquin: Signed a two-year extension in June 2019

With the news breaking that Marvin Musquin will miss the entire 2020 Supercross championship with a knee injury, the real question is who will fill his spot on the podium. In 2019, Musquin took 11 podiums and, much like his teammate, never finished out of the top 10 all season. As KTM has no plans to field a fill-in rider, either, there will definitely be a top spot up for the taking.

2020 Supercross Preview: Marvin Musquin
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Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS

Blake Baggett: Continuing a three-year contract signed in April 2018

El Chupacabra is a fitting nickname for Blake Baggett. The #4 consistently finds his way at the front of the pack, leaving everyone behind him wondering where he came from. 2019’s supercross season was full of moments like that – Baggett taking 1st at Glendale, Baggett taking 2nd at Atlanta, then at Indianapolis, and then at Nashville. When all was said and done, Baggett had taken his first 450SX main event win, four other podiums, and nine other top-5 finishes in 2019 to set him at an impressive 5th place overall. He was fast, sneaky, and no one ever seemed to see it coming.

But just like he has a way sneaking into the top, sometimes he can sneakily fall out of it. This past MX season was an example of that, albeit the first in any recent memory. Outdoors is typically an area in which Baggett excels, but this year it seemed as though he was struggling to hit his stride. It was uncharacteristic for Baggett to lose so many positions and pass so few riders, and people started taking notice. The suspicion that something was wrong only grew until it was confirmed before Washougal: a lingering sinus infection had turned into a staph infection in Baggett’s right eye. BB4 was out for that round and the last three of the season – the first time the rider had missed a race in 86 races.

The time off has been treating Blake well, though. It’s given him time to rest, recuperate, and spend time with his new baby boy, Braeker. And from the work Baggett’s been putting in at his private track, it looks as though he’s been training pretty hard, too. Baggett’s no quitter, so we’ll likely see him come out tougher, stronger, and more motivated than ever at the gate drop for A1.

2020 Supercross Preview: Blake Baggett
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Justin Bogle: Signed a one-year contract in October 2019

Justin Bogle has been bounced around for the last few years – RCH Suzuki in 2017, JGR Suzuki in 2018, fill-in rider in 2019 – but he may have found his new home with the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS team. Bogle joined the team as a last-minute fill-in rider for Benny Bloss after he tore his ACL just before the season opener. Bogle was out of practice and out of shape, but the team was out of time and Bogle, who wasn’t even planning on racing the 2019 season, rose to the challenge. His first few races were rough, but he put in some unbelievably hard work to change finishes like 19th and 17th to 10th and even a few 4th place finishes. By the end of the SX season, Bogle had an average finish of 12.96 and had earned 9th place overall.

With Bloss still recovering, the team decided to keep Bogle on the roster for the outdoors. Bogle raced the first 6 rounds and then opted to keep racing when the team offered to field him as their third rider following Bloss’s return at High Point. Both Bogle and Bloss knew what they were racing for – a contract with the team for 2020. With Bloss’s current deal up at the end of the season, it was likely the team would choose between one of the two riders for the coveted spot. It was a tough call and close season for both riders, but Bogle ended up signing with the team at the beginning of October.

Since signing with the team, Bogle’s had a busy offseason. He’s spent some time recovering from the Epstein Barr Virus that he was diagnosed with back in supercross, but then he got right back to training and even some racing, taking 1-1 at the Barcelona Supercross and Freestyle Event. If things keep progressing the way they are, it’s shaping up to be a great season for Justin Bogle and Team RMATVMC alike.

2020 Supercross Preview: Justin Bogle
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Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

Jason Anderson: Signed a four-year contract in January 2018

Jason Anderson is a polarizing topic. It’s hard to reconcile 2018’s SX champ Anderson with 2019’s Anderson. His 2019 SX finishes of 14-2-9 were confusing at best, and it seemed as though Anderson was neither concerned with nor focused on defending his title. Either way, he exited stage left following a crash that left him with both a broken arm and fractured rib, and he didn’t return until the start of motocross.

As for motocross, Anderson rode pretty well. He took four podiums over the course of the season and earned 4th place overall. At the very least, it was proof that he still had the chops to keep up with the other riders up front. Immediately following the MX championship, Team USA – composed of Anderson, Zach Osborne, and Justin Cooper – travelled to Assen, the Netherlands for the MXoN. It wasn’t the best race for Anderson – his first moto saw him colliding with teammate Cooper and getting a 17th-place finish, while his second saw him finishing in 8th place. From there, it was to Melbourne for the Australian SX where Anderson took 2nd overall. If you want a closer look at those events, you can check out Anderson’s media group Team Fried. Grungy, almost campy, Team Fried is arguably the best way to keep track of El Hombre these days.

So how will Anderson perform in 2020? It’s hard to tell based on his conflicting results, but rumor has it that he is absolutely flying right now. If we’re putting our money on one thing, it’s that Anderson is going to come out swinging and unduly underestimated.

2020 Supercross Preview: Jason Anderson
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Zach Osborne: Signed a contract extension in November 2019 to stay with the team through 2021

Zach Osborne is turning 32 in 2020 and that makes him one of the older riders lining up, especially when considering 2020 is only his second in the 450SX class. That said, you wouldn’t really know it. Osborne’s rookie 450SX and 450MX seasons were refreshing compared to the other three rookies. He did miss the first six rounds of Supercross due to a collarbone injury and he did have a rather rough reentry to the sport, but he eventually found his footing and maintained it through the rest of the season. From Daytona on, Osborne never placed out of the top 10 and even earned 2nd place at East Rutherford. That momentum only grew as Supercross faded into Motocross and Osborne took six podiums over the course of the season, never finishing worse than 6th. What’s more, Osborne took 5th place overall, finishing just four points behind his teammate, Anderson.

The offseason has been a little slower for Osborne. After a mixed showing at MXoN – 5th place in his first moto and 13th in his second – and missing the Paris SX on account of kidney stones, it seems that the months leading up to A1 have been mostly focused on recuperation and training.

Assuming he stays healthy, Osborne is poised to be a real threat for 2020. It was mentioned that Musquin’s absence from the series would open a consistent slot on the podium, and Osborne may just be the one to fill it.

2020 Supercross Preview: Zach Osborne
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Dean Wilson: Third racer for Rockstar Husqvarna in 2020, contract details have not been released

Dean Wilson has had a rough go of since entering the premiere class, and 2019 was no exception.

Following his departure from the Rockstar Husqvarna team at the end of 2018, Wilson put on quite the privateer effort. With effortless charisma and endless humor, he sold t-shirts, recruited uncommon sponsors, and pitted out of a sprinter van. A dedicated fan base cheered Wilson on as he led the first 15 laps of A1, and then called for him to get a fill-in deal at Husqvarna after Anderson crashed out of the season. Indeed, Wilson got the fill-in ride, and it worked out well for him until Denver. Riding in 8th place on the 8th lap, Wilson came up short in a rhythm section and was thrown over his bike’s handlebars just to have the bike flip and land on him. It was a DNF for Denver, and with an injured shoulder and kidney contusion, Wilson was out for the rest of the season. He wasn’t back to racing until the 7th round of Motocross where he managed to salvage a 13th place overall for the season.

It seemed as though Wilson was on the mend as he prepared for Monster Energy Cup, but injury has a way of finding the rider. During qualifying for MEC, Wilson clipped the landing in a rhythm lane and went down hard, immediately clutching his hip and upper leg. Later press releases confirmed a dislocated hip, but things went quiet on the Dean front after that. The rider deactivated his social media and the team offered no timetable for his return until today, January 2 – just two days before A1. In an Instagram post, Dean explained his break from social media and his desire for patience as he picks up speed and gets back in the swing of things, starting at A1 this weekend.

The whole ordeal has been a hard thing to watch for many Supercross fans – just as things start looking up for Wilson, it always seems like he gets injured again. Our fingers are crossed that he’ll recover quickly and maybe bag some podiums for the 2020SX season, but only time will tell.

2020 Supercross Preview: Dean Wilson
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HRC Honda

Ken Roczen: Signed a three-year extension in May 2019

Not many riders have had comebacks as successful and inspiring as Ken Roczen’s. A dislocated wrist, dislocated elbow, and compounded radius in 2017 followed by a fractured metacarpal in his right hand in 2018 could’ve spelled the end of anyone’s career, but not Ken Roczen’s. Unwavering dedication and gritty resilience have defined his character and career. It’s how Roczen came back in 2019 and took six SX podiums for 4th place overall and then 7 MX podiums including three wins for 2nd place overall.

That’s why it was a moment equal parts triumphant and humbling when HRC announced their three-year deal with Ken Roczen in May. It’s an unprecedented show of faith in Roczen and his ability, one the German rider is likely eager to deliver on. He’s got a full year of racing officially wrapped up and the security of a lengthy contract, now all he needs to do is come out hard, fast, and on the podium for A1 and beyond.

Roczen should be on track to do just that. His offseason has been full of practice and training with only one break for Red Bull Straight Rhythm, where he took 1st place. So long as he stays mentally focused and physically healthy, he could be a legitimate threat and title contender for 2020.

2020 Supercross Preview: Ken Roczen
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Justin Brayton: Signed an SX only deal with the team for 2020 and his contract with SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda will be up at the end of the season

Zach Osborne may be one of the older riders out there, but other than Chad Reed, Justin Brayton is the oldest. At 36 years old and at the end of a factory contract, it’s possible that 2020 will be Brayton’s last year of professional racing.

That said, Brayton’s offseason performances may indicate that he has more left in the tank. A 1st place at the Australian SX and a King of Geneva look mighty good for the rider’s return to factory Honda, though it may be just to help him wrap his career on a high note. His 2019 SX season wouldn’t have been especially memorable if it hadn’t been for Seattle – a few top-10 finishes and a season-best finish of 5th place are still impressive but aren’t title or serious podium competition. So when Brayton, Kyle Chisholm, and Chad Reed all collided at the start of Seattle and Brayton was out with a torn MCL and sprained ACL for the next four races, it hardly impacted the title chase.

Whether Brayton’s offseason wins are indicative of a longer career or a final push before retirement, it will be exciting to see how he performs alongside new teammate Ken Roczen.

2020 Supercross Preview: Justin Brayton
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Monster Energy Factory Yamaha

Justin Barcia: Continuing a multi-year contract signed in 2018

From Paris to Geneva, Justin Barcia has had one of the busier, but also more successful, offseasons. Equipped with a shiny King of Paris crown and a 3rd place overall for the King of Geneva, Barcia is shaping up to be a sizeable threat headed into 2020. He may even pull off another upset like he did last season and take first at A1 – who knows?

Reflecting on his 2019 SX season, though, it’s hard to know how Barcia will perform. He took that surprising season-opening win last year only to fade into the background for the rest of the season. A big crash at A2 left Barcia with a bruised tailbone. He didn’t DNF or immediately miss time because of it, but it did keep him out of the top 5 for the next several races before he decided to sit out the last three rounds of the season to fully heal in anticipation of motocross. Sure enough, Barcia lined up for Hangtown and went on to have a decent season, only finishing out of the top 10 once (but also only finishing in the top 5 once).

Lining Barcia’s 13th overall for SX, 7th overall for MX, and 1st at Paris SX together, all signs point to a new and improved #51. We’ll know soon enough.

2020 Supercross Preview: Justin Barcia
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Aaron Plessinger: Continuing a multi-year contract signed in 2018

2020 will be a continuation of Plessinger’s multi-year contract he signed with Monster Energy Factory Yamaha in August of 2018. This is good news for the 2nd-year 450SX rider – after a subpar rookie year, Plessinger needs to demonstrate some improvement to secure a top spot and another factory contract when his runs out.

Plessinger’s 2019 SX season is marked by his crash at Daytona. A mistake in the rhythm section shot the Yamaha rider over the handlebars and feet first into the next jump. Though he hobbled and hopped his way off the track, Plessinger had to be carted away by the Alpinestars Medical crew. The team announced that Plessinger would get surgery the following Thursday, and that was it for him until the 6th round of Motocross. He flew under the radar for the remaining rounds of the MX series, bagging finishes of 17-11-16-17-20-8-40.

There certainly is a lot to be desired of the rider coming into this year, but he’s assured fans that he’s up to the challenge. He’s had time to rest, rehabilitate, and even get married to his longtime girlfriend Kendall, so we’re excited to see all the R&R and training pay off.

2020 Supercross Preview: Aaron Plessinger
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JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing

Joey Savatgy: Signed a one-year contract in November 2019

Joey Savagty’s one-year contract with Monster Energy Kawasaki wasn’t renewed at the end of the 2019 MX season…but you probably already knew that. Savatgy has hardly kept the lid on his feelings and frustrations with the team, baring it all in various interviews and podcast episodes. In case you missed it, here’s a rundown (according to Joey):

  • No, Eli Tomac did not thank Savatgy for that notorious wave on to victory and the subsequent Monster Million
  • No, the team did not pay or compensate Savatgy for letting Tomac by (they also didn’t ask or instruct him to do it)
  • Savatgy felt a lack of loyalty and respect from the team

Once it was confirmed that Savatgy was on his way out of Kawasaki, rumors swirled about which, if any, factory team would pick him up. Evidently, it was Suzuki – JGRMX and Joey Savatgy signed a deal for 2020 only. Following a crash at the Australian SX, however, it’s unlikely Savatgy will race for much of that contract. It hasn’t been announced yet, but a broken heel at the least is expected and Suzuki has already signed Fredrik Noren as a fill-in rider with Jimmy Decotis and Alex Martin on deck for select 450SX rounds.

It’s a shame that Savatgy won’t be able to race the upcoming season. It seems as though the public has forgotten that 2019 wasn’t a horrible rookie year for Savatgy; five top-5 finishes, an additional 10 top-10 finishes, and a season ending finish of 8th overall are all good things. Say what you want about his MX season or rocky road to the JGR team, but it seemed as though Savatgy had fire and something to prove headed into 2020. Hopefully that passion can carry over to the outdoors – a factory contract will depend on it.

2020 Supercross Preview: Joey Savatgy
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SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/Motoconcepts/Honda

Malcolm Stewart: Signed a one-year contract in May 2019

Malcolm Stewart was the greatest story never told for 2019. Since taking the 2016 250SX East championship and jumping up to the 450SX class, he’s struggled to find his footing. Many were wondering if he’d ever succeed in the 450 class, and then came Anaheim 1, 2019. First Mookie qualified in 3rd, and then he went on to take 7th place in the main event. He was on fire, and that same fire was driving him around the track at Glendale until disaster struck. Riding in 6th place, Stewart lost control of his bike at the end of a whoops section and slammed into the next jump. The race was quickly red-flagged, and a broken femur took Mookie out of the season and straight into surgery. That was just the second round of the season, and like everyone else, we couldn’t help but wonder what Stewart could’ve accomplished had he not crashed out so soon.

That was in February, and Mookie didn’t race again until Monster Energy Cup in October. Thankfully, his time away didn’t seem to deter his budding speed. Stewart was flying around the track in Vegas, going 3-1-3 for a 3rd place overall. He went on to Geneva after that to take 4th overall for King of Geneva, and now he’s on to A1 to take a position that may surprise us yet.

And, in case you were wondering, it’s actually a funny story how Stewart signed his contract for 2020.

2020 Supercross Preview: Malcolm Stewart
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Ones to Watch

We’ve said it every other year, but this time we really mean it – it’s a stacked field heading into A1. And even though we’ve broken down all of the top riders, someone unexpected could work their way into the top and even wreck some RMFantasySX scores. If you’re smart, you’ll keep your eyes on:

  • Benny Bloss
  • Justin Hill
  • Kyle Chisholm
  • Vince Friese
  • Tyler Bowers
  • Chad Reed
  • Martin Davalos
  • Adam Enticknap
  • Alex Ray
  • Ben Lamay

A1, Here We Come!

January 4 is fast approaching, so it won’t be long until the season’s underway and we see all our favorite riders back in action. Bring on Anaheim 1!

2020 Supercross Preview: Cooper Webb
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