Monster Energy AMA Supercross at NRG Stadium Jan 13

Supercross photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment

Get ready for high-flying motorcycles as Monster Energy AMA Supercross rolls into NRG Stadium in Houston on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 6:30 p.m. For those who have never been to a live Supercross race, this sport is an offshoot of motocross involving off-road motorcycles competing on a man-made dirt track that includes steep jumps. It became popular in the early ’70s and has been going strong for nearly 50 years.

A Supercross track represents the ultimate evolution of the sport. Among the many obstacles riders must negotiate every lap are whoop sections (brutal washboards where riders skim along the tops of the bumps), rhythm sections (irregular series of jumps with a variety of combination options), and triple jumps (three jumps in a row that riders normally clear in a single leap of 70 feet or more). Many of the turns have banked berms, but some are flat.

There are two divisions racing: the 450SX Class and the 250SX Class. Top riders like Ryan Dungey, Chad Reed, Ken Roczen, and Eli Tomac are in the premier 450SX Class, and they ride 450cc four-stroke motorcycles.

The 250SX Class is populated primarily by younger riders on 250cc four-stroke motorcycles.

Tickets start at $28 and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com. Those wanting to get up close and personal can do so by attending the Monster Energy Pit Party, a key part of the atmosphere at Supercross races. Fans can arrive early to meet their favorite riders, see the bikes up close and take in various pit activations. Those tickets begin at $75 and can be obtained online at supercrosslive.com.

NRG Stadium, the home of the Houston Texans, is on the southern portion of the 610 Loop 610 between Kirby and Fannin streets.

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