For the first time since 2014, the Monster Energy Supercross Series heads back across the border for a weekend at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. As the lone stop outside of the United States and in one of the biggest metropolitan areas in North America, this event draws in a very large number of fans from the North and Northeast. The conditions that riders face are completely different from just a week ago in Florida, where the weather was warm and the track was unique, because Toronto is expected to be in the mid-50s and the event takes place indoors.
The track in Toronto could be nearly as rutted as Daytona, all due to the dirt in the area. During the early years of the event the soil would come into the stadium almost frozen and would then thaw, which made for conditions close to a mud race. Here’s a look at the face of one triple jump in 2009…
Things have improved greatly since then, but the track will surely become treacherous in the final laps of the 450 main event. We will arrive to the track early Friday morning and will give an update on the conditions.
The layout looks very similar to Arlington just a few weeks ago, thanks to a short start that funnels into a left turn, a number of quick sections linked by hairpin corners, and longer runs along the outer lanes. There are some differences, like the absence of the over-under bridge and the addition of a sand pit.
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 Toronto SX | Track Map