News 16 May 2017

Anderson confirmed for first AUS-X Open appearance

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna hard-charger heading to Sydney.

Source: Supplied.

American Supercross front-runner Jason Anderson will make his AUS-X Open debut in the 2017 running at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on 11-12 November.

Organisers have officially confirmed the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider will race alongside Chad Reed at home, coming off victory at the AMA Supercross finals.

The 24-year-old’s confirmation for Sydney is an intriguing one after a topical clash with Reed in Las Vegas while battling for the podium, setting up a tantalising rivalry in Homebush later this season.

“I’m super-psyched to be heading to Australia in November and throwing down at the AUS-X Open!” Anderson said.
“It’s always been a race that I’ve kept a close eye on – the last two years have seen some intense racing and I’m excited to be adding to the amazing legacy that the event has already created.

“To race Chad in his home country will be awesome, he’s a legend around the world and has had an amazing career. I have a huge amount of respect for him. We get along really well off the track, but we’re both competitors, both want to win and will do anything to do so – even if it means a bit of aggressive riding. I actually won’t be racing him again until we line up in Sydney, so who knows what will happen – fans will definitely get their money’s worth!”

After winning the 2014 West Coast 250SX title, Anderson moved up to the premier class the following season, finishing seventh in the 2015 standings, third in 2016 and fourth this year. He has three 450SX victories to his credit.

Event director Adam Bailey commented: “Jason represents exactly what the AUS-X Open is about. He has a certain style and swagger to him unlike any athlete in the world, but above all is incredibly fast and determined to win. We are really excited to see he and our own hero in Chad Reed go head-to-head, along with a whole host of international and domestic stars – who knows what will happen!?”

AUS-X Open promoters have released a pre-sale registration option, which ensures first preference of all seating on both nights of the event – click here to sign up – and keep posted for additional rider announcements to come.