AURORA, Ill. – Feld Motor Sports announced today that it will produce a five-episode series for CBS Sports entitled Supercross: Behind the Dream. This documentary will provide an in-depth look into the world of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, and the trials and tribulations its athletes must endure on the path to the top of the sport, both on and off the track.
The premiere episode of Supercross: Behind the Dream will air this Sunday, January 19, at Noon ET on CBS Sports, one day following the championship’s 40th Anniversary Celebration Race from Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.
Supercross: Behind the Dream Schedule
Episode 1: January 19 at Noon ET
Episode 2: February 16 at Noon ET
Episode 3: March 2 at Noon ET
Episode 4: March 30 at Noon ET
Episode 5: April 13 at Noon ET
Monster Energy Supercross is widely considered one of the most physically demanding sports on the planet. Professional riders must navigate man-made tracks filled with upwards of 50 jumps and other technical obstacles aboard 240-pound motorcycles, all while battling alongside 20 riders in search of one common goal: victory. While race wins and the ultimate prize of an Monster Energy Supercross Championship motivate riders to be at their best each and every week, the dedication, sacrifices, and overall risk necessary to succeed in the sport are enough to test any athlete’s will.
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Supercross: Behind the Dream will follow the challenging, heartbreaking, and often inspiring journeys of the sport’s biggest names like reigning three-time champion Ryan Villopoto and his longtime rival Ryan Dungey, highly regarded rookies Ken Roczen and Adam Cianciarulo, in addition to stars of the future like Jordon Smith. The pursuit of success is relentless in today’s era, widely considered the most competitive of all time, and the struggles that come with the competing at the elite level are documented in the series.
“What makes [supercross] physical is the intensity, for one thing; that there’s no let up,” said Aldon Baker, trainer for Villopoto, Roczen, and Cianciarulo. “In team sports they hand it over, as teammates. In this sport, there’s none of that. You’re on your own. That aspect [in addition to] maneuvering the motorcycle on changing terrain; every lap they come around its different. It’s been chewed up and they’ve got to be monitoring that, plus racing a bunch of other guys.
“The heart rate, which is your cardio, is really tough; they’re anaerobic plus. Just try and count the number of times they stand up and down on the bike in one lap. Never mind the coordination, the braking, the clutch, changing gears, shifting, the timing…I can’t think of a sport that even comes close.”
As the Monster Energy Supercross season continues, Supercross: Behind the Dream will put the spotlight on the storylines and individuals that will ultimately define the 2014 championship emerges as a title hopeful along the way.
For the first-time ever, the entire Monster Energy Supercross season will air live on FOX Sports. FOX Sports 1 will air 13 races live and FOX Sports 2 will air four races live, in addition to every race re-airing on FOX Sports 2. The live Monster Energy Supercross programming on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 also includes live coverage on the authenticated FOX Sports Go app.
For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, please log on to www.SupercrossOnline.com.