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Supercross flies back into Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - The AMA Supercross tour flies into Rice-Eccles Stadium this weekend for the 9th time.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - It's one of the most spectacular sports to watch, and it's back in Utah.

The AMA Supercross tour flies into Rice-Eccles Stadium Saturday night. This is the 9th year the tour has come to Salt Lake City and the riders seem to love it.

"It's awesome to come to Utah," said Chad Reed, who is in his 10th year of Supercross racing. "It's one of my favorite states to visit, especially this time of year. "Being in the stadium environment, you can see 100 percent of the racetrack. The fact that there are 20 guys in a race, and all 20 are lined up in a line, the elbows are out, the chests are out and we're going in there fighting. It's a tight track, explosive and fast, so it makes the Supercross racing exciting."

It's also dangerous. Last year, Trey Canard broke three vertebrae in his spine, but is back on his bike competing this season.

"I had spinal cord damage and they had to fuse my spine," Canard said. "It's been a long road for sure, but a very exciting one and very rewarding one. I'm very grateful to be back here racing."

Over 40,000 fans are expected for Saturday's races. Utah fans have flocked to Rice-Eccles Stadium for years now, and this year's crowd could be the biggest one yet.

"I'll be surprised if it maybe is not the best year they've ever had in the nine years," said Jeff Robbins of the Utah Sports Commission. "If you look at this event over the nine years, it's about $11 million a year to the economy. So, you're really almost $100 million to Utah's economy for this event in terms of economic impact."

Utah is known for its motorsports fans, but Supercross brings in all types of people -- not just racing fans.

"There is such a wide range of people that can enjoy it," said Canard. "From the extreme punk rocker to the mom and dad that want to take their kids to a fun thing on the weekend."

This is the second to last stop on the AMA Supercross tour this season. Two-time defending champ Ryan Villapoto has the title pretty much wrapped up, but there is a battle for second place between Davi Millsaps, Ryan Dungey and last week's winner, Justin Barcia.
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