A bike rev at Daytona drives Bobby Piazza all the way to Detroit


Being a privateer ain’t easy and sometimes it takes innovative, guerilla marketing tactics like Bobby Piazza taking donations to rev his bike at the Daytona Monster Energy Supercross race to make the difference between racing on a given night or watching the next race from the back of a van.

Without a factory contract, riders like Piazza must cover a majority of his costs out of pocket. Piazza has sponsors of which he is incredibly proud, but the cost of living on the road and commuting from city to city can be prohibitive.

A couple of weeks ago, NBC Sports bumped into Piazza taking $20 donations to rev his bike in the Daytona International Speedway garage.

“It costs around $1,500 every weekend just to get there, whether you’re driving or flying to all these rounds after sign up, fuel bill, hotels, all the other fun stuff,” Piazza told NBC Sports. “At first, in Houston, I did a $20 donations and you’d get a free t-shirt because you’re not allowed to sell t-shirts [in the paddock]. Then I had people take pictures with me and my bike.

I had a couple of kids rev my bike and it went off pretty much there. People started digging it and then Daytona came around. I said, screw it, rev my bike for $20 donation. Try to get me to the next round.”

The gimmick worked. Piazza raised enough in Daytona to get to the next round in Indianapolis, where he once again employed the tactic.

Once again, he earned enough in the Circle City to propel him to the Motor City, where Supercross races this weekend.

“They take the top 40 to qualify; the top 40 get paid,” Piazza said. “But by the time you go to the next round, sign up and all this other stuff, you’re negative.”

In Daytona, Piazza raised about twice the base amount needed to pay his fuel costs and ancillaries to get to Indianapolis last week. There, he narrowly missed making the night show when he mistakenly jumped on a red cross flag during his final, fastest lap of qualification.

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But for Piazza making the night show is only part of the equation. Simply being part of the show is the most important part.

“Honestly, this bike rev thing has taken off,” Piazza said. “People love it. It definitely helped me get to Indy. If I wouldn’t have done that at Daytona, I wouldn’t have been able to afford to go to Indy. And now that I did it [again], I am on my way to Detroit this weekend.”

Kids, and fans of all ages, love having the chance to rev Bobb Piazza’s engine. – Bobby Piazza

Piazza won’t be able to employ his bike rev strategy at Ford Field in Detroit because the paddock is indoors, but he’s raised enough to take the immediate pressure off.

Ultimately, that might not matter since the next round is across the country in Seattle, followed by an off weekend. Even if Piazza were able to get a third party to haul his bike to the West Coast, (which in turn would lower his fuel costs), he might not get the bike back in time to test and train for Round 12 in Glendale, Arizona.

“It’s tough being a privateer,” Piazza said. “I have a bunch of great sponsors helping me out for sure.

“If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be doing it, but it’s pretty much me, my girlfriend, and my dog. We travel to each supercross race in my van. … I’m trying to make the show every weekend just to get by, just to go to the next round.”

One of the defining characteristics of Supercross, arguably one of its greatest qualities, is how accessible the sport is to fans. A gimmick like Piazza’s bike rev becomes so much more than a way for him to cover his costs. It invites young riders, or wannabe riders, into the arena – into his world.

And  that emotional fulfillment is a huge part of what Piazza gets out of these interactions with fans.

“I love to do it,” Piazza said. “I’ve raced professionally for 10 years now. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner, but just to interact with the fans [is important]. I mean, the results are good and everything, but just to get to go there and see these kids’ faces and all these people making everybody happy and just having a good time makes it worthwhile.”

Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle: How to watch, start times, schedules, streams


With three multiple winners now vying for the championship, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to Round 11 at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington.

Chase Sexton earned his second victory of the season in Detroit when Aaron Plessinger fell on the final lap. Though he was penalized seven points for disobeying a flag, Sexton is third in the championship race. The Honda rider trails leader Cooper Webb (two victories) by 17 points, and defending series champion Eli Tomac (five wins) is three points behind Webb in second with seven races remaining.

Tomac won last year in Seattle on the way to his second season title.

Honda riders have a Supercross-leading 20 victories in the Seattle event but none at Lumen Field since Justin Barcia in 2013. Tomac and Barcia are the only past 450 Seattke winners entered in Saturday’s event.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 11 of the 2023 Supercross season in Seattle:

(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 11 will begin Saturday at 10 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock with a re-air Monday at 1 a.m. ET on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race. Click here for the full schedule.

POINTS STANDINGS: 450 division l 250 division

ENTRY LISTS450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET): 

Here are the start times for Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

4:50 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
5:05 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:20 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:35 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
6:25 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
6:40 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
7:55 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
8:10 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
10:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
10:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
10:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
10:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
11:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:34 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:54 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
12:28 a.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUTClick here to view the track map


FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael on Supercross wins list

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown

ROUND 5: Eli Tomac leads wire to wire in Houston

ROUND 6: Cooper Webb breaks through in Tampa

ROUND 7: Webb wins again in Arlington

ROUND 8: Tomac wins Daytona for the seventh time

ROUND 9: Ken Roczen scores first victory since 2022

ROUND 10: Chase Sexton inherits Detroit victory but docked points


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