News 9 May 2017

AUS-X Open returning to Sydney for 2017 edition

World-class Australian Supercross event officially confirmed.

Image: AUS-X Open.

Sydney will host the AUS-X Open for a third-straight year on 11-12 November, marking the penultimate stop on the 2017 Australian Supercross Championship calendar.

Recognised as the pinnacle of the sport in AUS Supercross and attracting a global following, the AUS-X Open will once again light up the famed the Qudos Bank Arena in Homebush.

Although this year’s international rider line-up is still to be announced, AUS-X Open has attracted an assortment of the world’s best since its inception, headlined by Australia’s own Chad Reed, as well as Cooper Webb, Ryan Villopoto, Ricky Carmichael and more.

In 2016, over 26,000 people from around Australia and overseas packed the stands to see witness Reed dominate proceedings by winning both nights of racing, while in the year prior, wins were split between current factory Yamaha teammates Reed and Webb.

Event co-founder and director Adam Bailey, from AME Management, is thrilled to announce the AUS-X Open’s return for 2017: “Since its inception, the purpose of the AUS-X Open was to combine the most incredible live sports action, with concert like entertainment values, to ensure an unrivalled spectator experience from the moment they arrive in Sydney Olympic Park.

“Last year’s event was broadcast throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific and North America to a viewership of over 300 million households. Coupled with the AUS-X Open interactive social media approach we’ve engaged with sports fans far and wide to bring an all star action sports extravaganza to millions of eyeballs across the globe.

“The AUS-X Open continues to go from strength to strength and that is a huge testament to our loyal fans who continue to support the event and the amazingly talented athletes and teams who compete at the highest standard on the planet, for our entertainment.

“The AUS-X Open would not be the event it is, in the beautiful city of Sydney, without the support of the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. We are extremely proud of our partnership with DNSW and look forward to seeing thousands make the trip to Sydney once again to enjoy the event and an epic weekend away with friends and family.”

Bailey insists that 2017 will not only live up to expectations, but blow them away for a third time. The AUS-X Open is the only event in the Southern Hemisphere that combines world-class supercross racing with insane freestyle motocross competition.

“We’re well under way with plans to not only secure an incredible line-up of riders, but have a whole host of announcements that will shock and amaze fans. There’s nowhere you’d rather be than in Sydney on November 11 and 12.”

NSW minister for tourism and major events, Adam Marshall said: “It’s great to see the AUS-X Open coming back to Western Sydney for another year. I look forward to seeing it build on the last two years, which saw huge crowds and amazing action on and off the track. The event is once again supported by the NSW Government and I encourage all fans of Supercross racing to make plans to get to Qudos Bank Arena for this must-see event.”

The 2017 AUS-X Open event also incorporates rounds four and five of the 2017 Australian Supercross Championship, in which the depth of the field for this year’s instalment is poised to be the most competitive ever seen on Australian soil.

With each Saturday night selling out within days in both 2015 and 2016, and last year’s Sunday event almost reaching capacity, fans are urged to sign up to the AUS-X Open pre-sale registration to avoid disappointment.

Further announcements regarding the athlete line-up, revised ticket pricing and more are still to come. Signing up to the pre-sale ensures first preference of all seating on both nights of competition. Click here to register for pre-sale tickets.