Round two of the Monster Energy Supercross World Championship Racing Series comes to Glendale on Saturday, January 12, with a local rider hoping to hoist a trophy in front of friends and family.
Phoenix-native Chris Blose has ridden motorcycles since a young age, and has competed in some of the country’s biggest stadiums, including Chase Field. Saturday’s event will be his first race at State Farm Stadium.
While the noise of thousands of fans cheering for speed and huge jumps, partnered with the loud roar of engines, will fill the Cardinals’ home field, Blose might have this event’s biggest fan section.
“A bunch of my family is coming out, and my wife’s side of the family ,too, and all the people I’ve grown up with and gotten to know. It’s pretty cool to be racing in front of all of them,” Blose says.
Saturday’s race is the second of 17, spanning until early May. Many of the races tour through the biggest stadiums, including several other NFL venues, with over 1 million cumulative spectators throughout the season. Rider Justin Hill particularly enjoys racing in Glendale.
Over 500 trucks loaded more than 26 million pounds of dirt onto the field throughout the week, including a straight-away as well as several hills where riders catch plenty of air, in conditions most of the riders call ideal.
Hill describes the tour’s last race, in Anaheim, California, a “mudder,” or incredibly muddy terrain. Because State Farm Stadium is indoor, and the track officials can manipulate the dirt to work exactly as they wish, he is looking forward to a relatively easy race.
“Obviously, being covered, there is no weather, so it should be about perfect. It’s about perfect every year here,” he says.
Blose says much like when other competitors race near their hometowns, there are people when he races at home that want to take his time away from focusing on the event.
With scheduled practices and media day, Blose is already very busy, and needs to spend the rest of his free time preparing his bike with his team, as well as getting mentally ready for the competition.
“I have to kind of separate myself from everybody,” he says. “I know there are a lot of people who will be cheering me on, and I definitely want to do a good job in front of them, but I kind of have to shut myself off from a lot of it until after the race is done.”
Gates open for the competition at noon, with race qualifying and a Fan Fest going until 6 p.m. The opening ceremony begins at 6:30, and the race kicks off at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $18, and are available at Ticketmaster.com.