News 30 Jun 2021

AMA Supercross reverts to national status following FIM split

American-based series no longer a world championship from 2022.

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Monster Energy Supercross will revert to solely being a national championship from 2022 after series promoter Feld Motor Sports split with the FIM.

The arrangement, which has spanned near two decades, will be be renewed into next season ‘as a direct result on the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic’.

With Feld’s international sanctioning agreement with the FIM not continuing, the American-based championship will again be recognised as a domestic series from next season onward under the control of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA).

“Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank you to Feld Entertainment not only for such a long and great partnership, but also for their immense work in making the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship the wonderful product it is today,” commented FIM president Jorge Viegas.

“I firmly believe under normal circumstances that this is an agreement that would have been extended for a further period and that would have continued to go from strength to strength. That said we fully understand the current situation and respect the decision that has been taken.

“With the ongoing support of our national federation in North America – the AMA – I am confident that the series will soon recover the levels it enjoyed before the pandemic and that in the future we will have the opportunity to explore a new agreement. In the meantime, on behalf of the FIM I would like to wish our American friends every success.”

From 2002 through to 2006, the series started in December and visited Switzerland, Holland, Spain and Canada before settling into a recurring domestic schedule. Toronto then became a regular fixture and served as the lone international round through until the 2017 season.

The cancellation and postponement of several events due to Covid-19 restrictions has seen Feld Entertainment refocus its live events in North America, while adopting a watching brief in terms of the demand in international markets returning to pre-pandemic levels.

Meanwhile, Feld will also continue to expand its global partnerships and licensing agreements, plus worldwide TV outreach including through its own viewing platform that now boasts subscribers in over 113 countries.