News 16 Aug 2018

Supercross the T20 cricket version of motorsport says Bailey

Entertainment aspect increasing the popularity of supercross.

Image: AUS-X Open.

Director and co-founder of the S-X Open International Supercross FIM Oceania Championship Adam Bailey has likened the discipline of supercross as the T20 cricket version of motorsport in the way that it’s revolutionised the sport.

T20 cricket has boosted in popularity over recent years, with big plays and short innings, paired with added entertainment, making the sport a hit amongst Australians while attracting all-new audiences, offering a similar entertaining platform that is experienced at the Monster Energy AUS-X Open and now the S-X Open Auckland.

“To be able to expand into new markets with the addition of the S-X Open Auckland to be held in one of the greatest stadiums in New Zealand, and then to have [Chad] Reed, one of the world’s greatest ever supercross riders there to challenge for the championship trophy, is something that supercross, motorsport and action sports fans in New Zealand will not want to miss,” Bailey explained.

“This is the 20-20 cricket version of motorsport and the largest event of its kind to ever be held in New Zealand, people will not want to miss the world’s best riders battling for the FIM Oceania Championship.”

The S-X Open International FIM Oceania Championship will consist of both the AUS-X Open in Sydney and the S-X Open Auckland, scheduled for 10 November and 24 November respectively.

Multi-time supercross world champions Chad Reed and Ryan Villopoto have been confirmed for the entire two-round series alongside defending Australian supercross champion and AMA regular Justin Brayton, while former motocross world champion Ben Townley will come out of retirement for the New Zealand stop.