Welcome to the Top 5 Best Moments of 2020. No, this isn’t a sick joke, we actually found some good in this year.
We’re glass half full types here at Vurb, so looking back on a year that most people would find way more bad than good (and we can’t blame them) we’ll take the other approach and save all our complaints for the Vurb HR Department (which doesn’t actually exist).
So, what are the Top 5 Best Moments of 2020? Check out our full list and the #1 moment below:
It’s hard being a promoter in this sport. It’s a damned if you do, damned if you don’t kind of job. It’s thankless and fraught with complaints from riders, parents, media, etc. Sometimes warranted, other times not.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the entire world shut down—including our little sport—it would have been easy for Feld Entertainment (promoters of Monster Energy Supercross) and MX Sports (promoters of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross) to pack it in, call it a year, and in the process, costing the industry millions of dollars. Teams would have shut down, riders wouldn’t have gotten paid, and us fans wouldn’t have had shit to entertain us while we sat in our house for months.
Instead, a 24-member tasked force designated the Safe-to-Race Task Force, was formed and went to work. Members from the AMA, Daytona Motorsports Group, Feld, Ignite Partners, Motosports Reg., MX Sports, MX Sports Pro Racing, Mylaps, Pro Motocross Organization, USMA, and Rider Representative, met regularly in Zoom video conferences and developed the Race Resumption Plan and Best Practices Toolkit, which proved to be the vital resource organizers and racers needed to resume competition.
Monster Energy Supercross returned on May 31 in Salt Lake City for the final seven rounds, in the process becoming the first sport in the U.S. to complete its season. This was all done minus fans, which is a significant source of income for the series.
Pro Motocross returned in August and completed a shortened season, with some rounds allowing limited spectators. According to some in the industry, if Pro Motocross wouldn’t have gone off more teams would have been forced to shut their doors this year.
All in all, 2020 was a shitty year for most of us, and one we’ll probably never forget. But, looking on the bright side of things, we got to go racing and for that, we’re thankful.