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Cycle News 2020 Issue 50 December 15

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P160 CN III OBSERVATION CHECK BY KIT PALMER T he best thing about the year 2020 is that it's now behind us. And I don't think I need to explain why that's a good thing. I think we can all agree that it's been a year to forget, in- deed, and that we're all ready to move on into a more promising 2021. But 2020 wasn't all bad. Some good has come out of 2020, especially when it comes to motorcycles and motorcycle racing. Especially motorcycle racing. In my opinion, this was one of the best years ever. I don't recall a year when I looked forward to the weekends (and sometimes Wednesdays) as much as I did this year, once racing resumed in earnest, starting with Supercross, after the initial lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. You have to give Feld Entertainment huge kudos for figuring out a way to com- plete its 2020 Supercross Championship under such unusual and never-before- seen circumstances and being one of the first in all major professional sports to come up with a plan to forge on while doing so in a safe manner. Feld charged into these uncharted waters at full speed and conquered it. All motorcycle racing enthusiasts should be proud of Feld's ac- complishment. Who would've thought that having seven Monster Energy Supercross races at the same venue in less than a month's time would work? Luckily, Feld did. Not only did it work, but it worked better than anyone expected. The racing in Utah was excellent, and each race felt unique despite playing out in the same, patron-less, stadium. One "good" thing that emerged from the pandemic is that it showed us that mid-week races are pretty cool, at least I thought so. The 2021 AMA Supercross schedule is also set to in- clude a few "Super Tuesday" races, which MOVING ON And, thanks to the MotoAmerica platform that allowed Beaubier to shine, we will now have another American to cheer on in Grand Prix racing.

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