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For the past few years, the sport of Supercross has increased in popularity.  This is the phenomenon of racing dirt bikes on man-made obstacle filled courses inside some of the most famous stick and ball stadiums around the world.  The series takes place from January to May each year, and fills 70,000 seat stadiums and entertains millions on television.  In fact, dirt bikes have become so popular that they are used in Ford, Toyota and Chevy truck commercials. Some of the star athletes are worth tens of millions of dollars and have major sponsorship from companies like Red Bull, Rockstar, Monster Energy, Oakley, Nike, Fox Racing, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki and KTM.

“It’s all about the thrill,” said motorsports journalist Donnie Bales.  “Supercross is three and half hours of family entertainment, and it’s amazing at what these riders are able to do on dirt bikes.”

The courses feature 75-foot jumps, tight hairpin turns, sections of whoops, the equivalent of moguls for skiers, and up to 22 riders on the track at one time.  “The sport really became popular thanks to Jeremy McGrath who won a record-setting 72 main events and seven titles,” added Bales.  “He was flashy, cool, and just plain fun to watch.  Then Ricky Carmichael picked up where McGrath left off, and that created famous rivalries with guys like James Stewart, Chad Reed, and Ryan Villopoto.  Today, Ryan Dungey is the one to beat, and he is a true world-class athlete.”

Here’s a schedule of upcoming events and you can always watch them live on Fox Sport 1 or it’s CBS affiliate which offer rotating coverage:

2017 AMA Supercross Series Schedule

January 7 – Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California

January 14 – Petco Park in San Diego, California

January 21 – Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California

January 28  - University of Phoenix in Glendale, Arizona

February 4 – Oakland Coliseum – Oakland, California

February 11 – AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas

February 18 – U.S. Bank Stadium – Minneapolis, Minnesota

February 25 – Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia

March 4 – Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

March 11 – Daytona Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida

March 18 – Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana

March 25 – Ford Field – Detroid, Michigan

April 1 – The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis Missouri

April 8 – CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington

April 22 – Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah

April 28 – MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey

May 6 – Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada

Photo by Spencer Owens

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