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First UK visit for Supercross

The high-octane arena motocross discipline of FIM-approved Supercross racing has been a purely American spectacle – up till now. Because a new Australian-based firm has won the rights to run a new World Supercross race series, and is taking the sport on the road, with the first round kicking off at the Principality Stadium in the centre of Cardiff on 8 October. The event has already grabbed some headline names, including Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen, with local interest from Brit racers Max Anstie and Dean Wilson.

The inaugural 2022 season looks to be a two-round affair, with a second event to be held in Melbourne in November – though the organisers are also aiming to run a third event in Southeast Asia as we went to press.

The background to this year’s events is intriguing: the American-based owners of the FIM Supercross rights handed them back voluntarily in 2020 at the height of the Covid crisis, apparently on the basis that no one else would want them. But SX Global, a Queensland-based firm with financial backing from an Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund, stepped in, won the rights, and is now aiming for a long-term investment in the series, taking arena-based Supercross to a new live global audience.

Adam Bailey, the motorsports MD at SX Global told us: “This is the first time that any event of this nature has been to the UK, and the first time a rider lineup of this calibre has been outside the US. It’s going to be exciting! Eli Tomac is going to be the favourite but there will also  be a lot of amazing riders from around the world.”

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