After spending a month in California, the 2016 Monster Energy Supercross Series treks a few hours east for round five, the 2016 Glendale SX. This year’s stop in Arizona is far different than years past, both in scheduling, location and layout. For quite some time the race was the second round, as it took place in downtown Phoenix at Chase Field and had a traditional diamond design. Now the series has moved across town to the University of Phoenix Stadium, a massive football venue that will be filled with the biggest Supercross track of the year (Daytona is its own beast.)
With so much floorspace to fill, it looks like Feld and the Dirt Wurx crew are throwing every obstacle possible into the layout. There are short and punchy technical lanes, long and flowing straightaways, and even a run outside the building (the football field is a natural turf and is wheeled in and out of the sun between games, thus the entry-exit). Surprisingly, there are only nine turns in the entire layout and five of them will be big 180-degree bowls. This means a rider will have to find a way get by their competition, and not rely on just a block pass.
Now, the big question is how the soil will be. We’re betting it’ll be traditional desert hard pack, though there’s a chance the track workers get liberal with the hoses and water. Either way, this’ll be an exciting and interesting weekend.
Have a look at the layout below, either by computer rendered drawing or by following along with the animated track map. Either way, you’ll get an idea of what to expect on Saturday night.
2016 Glendale SX | University of Phoenix Stadium | February 6th