Quite a few Privateer racers are upset about not being allowed to enter the 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series. MX Sports limited entrants to 76 racers, because of COVID-19 constraints. While I understand privateers frustration, I also appreciate the incredible barriers facing MX Sports in this pandemic.
(I understand Jared's position, but it's just unfortunate timing)
I reached out to the man in charge, Davey Coombs and here is his explanation "we have to have social distancing in the paddock, and 76 riders is the most we can have that allows everyone to try to timed qualify for the top 36 and then have 40 in the LCQ. We also scrapped the 125 class. We wish we could have let everyone enter, but we can't fit them all in a locked-down, socially distanced paddock." I have been extremely critical of MX Sports in prior years and have no problem exposing any injustices; unfortunately, the only blame here lies in the circumstances.
(Gate Drops Aug 15th)
The series starts Aug 15th, and all rounds will be live on NBC Sports Gold. In a year when so many sports are not even attempting to complete their season, I am thankful that both Feld Motorsports and MX Sports are not lying down. Both promoters are doing everything they can to ensure the sport survives through all the craziness, and I am giving them a little extra leeway from criticism in 2020. I will be back campaigning for more pay and better racing in 2021.