News 15 May 2018

Revitalised 2018 Australian Supercross Championship calendar confirmed

All-new series structure to be staged over five exciting rounds.

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

The 2018 Australian Supercross Championship calendar has been announced alongside a host of changes in structure and management that’s set to strengthen the discipline domestically.

The series will now be operated under AUS SX Holdings, the parent company to the AUS-X Open in Sydney, which has assumed the commercial rights to the championship in a landmark agreement with the sport’s controlling body, Motorcycling Australia (MA).

The new structure will still see Scott Bannan Promotions involved, who will take care of the Queensland rounds, while Troy Bayliss Events is a new addition to the championship and will deliver the Victorian and South Australian rounds.

“We’ve always had a great relationship with both Scott Bannan Promotions and Troy Bayliss Events, we are absolutely certain that together we can deliver a fantastic series that our riders, teams and the industry deserves,” said AUS SX Holdings director Adam Bailey.

“Scott and Paul [Demicoli] have been delivering strong events for the past three years and their passion and commitment to motocross and supercross in Australia is undeniable. Troy Bayliss Events will be a fantastic addition – Troy’s knowledge and passion for racing, is going to be an amazing asset for the series. We are extremely excited to work with both organisations on an amazing series for 2018 and beyond.”

Bayliss, a triple Superbike world champion and MotoGP race winner, has hosted an assortment of top-level dirt track events through Troy Bayliss Events since returning to Australia, also operating the prestigious Moto Expo and Sydney Motorcycle Show exhibitions.

The series will span over five weekends, kicking off in Queensland on 15 September, followed by a second stop in the Sunshine state with the remainder of the championship set to take place in Victoria and South Australia before finishing up at the prestigious Monster Energy AUS-X Open on 10 November.

The venue for the Victorian round is still to be confirmed on 13 October, but is slated to be run during the same weekend as the Australian Superbike Championship round at Phillip Island. Initiatives such as cross-promotion and member discounts are in the pipeline for a for a motorsport extravaganza weekend, according to today’s announcement.

An exciting new addition to the championship is the announcement of the Amateur Supercross Cup, which will be hosted over three rounds in Queensland, Victoria and South Australia, and is aimed at providing a platform to develop the future of supercross talent domestically.

2018 Australian Supercross Championship calendar:
Rd1 – 15 September – Jimboomba, Queensland
Rd2 – 6 October – Coolum, Queensland
Rd3 – 13 October – TBC, Victoria
Rd4 – 20 October – Adelaide, South Australia
Rd5 – 10 November – Sydney, New South Wales (AUS-X Open)