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Tampa, FL

Along with Daytona and Orlando, Tampa is a Sunshine State destination that has over a decade of Supercross history. Tampa has been known for its sandy conditions, challenging the world’s top racers to navigate through the deep ruts. While the city has been on and off the schedule over the years, its time with Supercross dates back nearly 40 years.

Venues

Both of Tampa’s major NFL stadiums have hosted Supercross events since the city joined the calendar in 1987. The original Tampa Stadium (1987-1990, 1992-1994, 1996 and 1998) was the first home of the expansion Buccaneers and was a frequent stop in the 1990’s.

Opening for the 1998 NFL season, the new Raymond James Stadium held its first Supercross in 1999. The venue had a near 20 year hiatus from the schedule, but returned in 2018 and has hosted a trio of events since rejoining the tour.

Nearby St. Petersburg also hosted a round in 1991. The Suncoast Dome (now Tropicana Field) welcomed the world’s top indoor 2-wheel sport seven years before the Rays became permanent tenants in the building.

Iconic Moments

The Tampa Supercross has featured some pivotal moments over the years, including a 2-time champion breaking a long winless drought and a legend moving closer to another title.

1988-The Heat Is On

A hot Tampa night in 1988 moved a legend one step closer to another championship win. Rick Johnson conquered a slippery race track and the humid Florida air in the city’s second ever Supercross event. Jeff Ward started the race in the top spot, but got caught up in the sand and went down. From there, Johnson cruised to a win, throwing no handers and wowing the crowd with a nearly half a lap lead on Ward. The win put Johnson 15 points clear of Ward in the standings with a pair of rounds left in the season en route to his second career 250SX title.

1998-Breaking A Drought

The final race in the original Tampa Stadium was a wet and wild affair, with one rider climbing back to the top for the first time in nearly a decade. As the misty air turned into steady rain, John Dowd got out front early with points leader Jeremy McGrath just behind. Spoiling the party up front was Larry Ward. The Suzuki rider charged to the lead, navigating through the increasingly muddy conditions. Ward held the top spot for the duration of the race, despite losing his goggles and dealing with pressure from Kevin Windham and later Ezra Lusk. The win marked Ward’s second main event win in, and his first in eight years since a win at Seattle in 1990. Ward was elated after the win, saying, “I am so happy I can’t even begin to explain it!”

2023-Back On Top

After a dismal 2022 title defense, Cooper Webb broke a 21 race winless streak by securing a victory at Tampa in 2023. Chase Sexton started the night in the lead, holding a second gap over Webb through most of the race. However, Sexton’s crashing problems reared their ugly head, with him going down in the whoops with a few laps to go. Webb returned to the top step of the podium and entered the title fight as defending champion Eli Tomac struggled in 5th.

The 250 class also featured a dramatic finish. Nate Thrasher led the first 19 laps and looked to have the race under control, but a late charge from Hunter Lawrence put the two riders in a photo finish. Lawrence would end up edging Thrasher out for the victory by a margin of 0.134 seconds to take his second straight win.

This interactive table details the all-time leaders at Tampa. Who has the most starts, wins, podiums and points. Filter by class. On mobile, slide left to access more columns. To see all years of data, become a member of the We Went Fast Garage and help us continue (and expand) these unique views of the sport’s history.

This interactive table details the Tampa winners history. Who won in what year and what round was this venue. Filter by class. On mobile, slide left to access more columns. To see all years of data, become a member of the We Went Fast Garage and help us continue (and expand) these unique views of the sport’s history.