News 12 Sep 2017

AUS-X Open reveals KTM Junior Supercross Challenge for 2017 event

Rare opportunity for youthful riders to race at prestigious event.

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The Monster Energy AUS-X Open has announced a special KTM Junior Supercross Challenge (KJSC) will take place on both nights of the event at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena, scheduled for 11-12 November.

The KJSC offers youthful riders between seven and eight years of the the opportunity to ride in front of a packed out stadium, which is open to junior that have at least one year of competition experience.

Split over both nights, 10 junior riders each night will be treated to a full factory ride, a first of its kind domestically here in Australia.

AUS-X Open director Adam Bailey spoke of the announcement, stating he’s really proud to offer a life changing experience to the future of the sport.

“We’re really proud to be able to give this life changing opportunity to the young boys and girls who will be the future of our sport,” said Bailey. “[We] are very grateful for the support of KTM Australia, to make it happen. I wouldn’t be surprised if these young legends get the loudest reception of the weekend.”

KTM Australia’s motorsport marketing manager Kyle Blunden also made comment on the exciting news, explaining KTM is extremely passionate about racing and are renowned worldwide for the Ready To Race capabilities of their machines and professional racing teams.

“KTM Junior Supercross Challenge (KJSC) is something that has been developed in the AMA Supercross for numerous years and has seen a number of professional riders come through this program,” Blunden stated. “Ryan Dungey is one of the many that credit KJSC for his introduction to top level Supercross racing and the experience that gave him as a young racer.

“Our aim is to be able to provide that same experience for young riders here in Australia giving them the full factory treatment for the day. The AUS-X Open gives us the perfect opportunity to achieve this with the awesome track and packed out venue, what better place is there for an aspiring young Supercross racer than at the biggest Supercross event in Australia on a KTM 50 SX?”

The lucky 20 riders will also receive a complete KTM PowerWear kids Pounce riding outfit including pants, jersey and gloves, as well the chance to ride a 2017 KTM 50 SX, equipped with KTM PowerParts prepared by KTM factory mechanics.

The third instalment has attracted the likes of Australian fan-favourite Chad Reed, motocross and supercross legend Ricky Carmichael, plus popular AMA front-runners Jason Anderson and Josh Grant amongst Australia’s local talents. The country’s very own FMX legend Robbie Maddison will also make the trip home to attend the event.

The 2017 AUS-X Open has so far partnered with Monster Energy, Destination NSW, It’s on in Sydney, Ladbrokes, Shannons Insurance, Boost Mobile, X-Drive, Thor MX Australia, Komatsu, Knobby, Yamaha Motor Australia, KTM Australia and Husqvarna Motorcycles Australia.