News 10 Jun 2022

SX2 structure declared 'open' as world championship category

Designed for for riders to extend their careers and maintain relevance.

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The structure of the SX2 category in FIM World Supercross has been declared as ‘open’ in terms of rider eligibility, complete with world championship status.

Season 2022 will mark the first time that the 250 class has been run as a world championship in supercross, which will be within the new series under the management of SX Global.

Without regulations that either restrict competitors in age or through points thresholds, it’s been introduced in a bid to offer ‘significantly increased freedom and flexibility for teams in selecting riders, while also increasing competitive and professional opportunities for riders looking to extend their careers and maintain relevance’.

“An official FIM world championship for 250cc riders is something that’s been a long-time coming in our sport and with the truly global nature of our series, it just made sense to finally make it a reality for WSX as we move into this new era of global supercross competition,” said Adam Bailey, SX Global’s managing director – Motorsport.

“We want to ensure that the 250cc (SX2) class features the best talent the world has to offer and, to achieve that, we are opening it up to all competitors regardless of age or past success. There have been numerous examples of limitations on 250cc class eligibility pushing high-level talent out of the sport or into compromising scenarios that impede their career progression and earning potential.

“We want to ensure we’re doing everything we can to give supercross athletes the best possible career opportunities and increased longevity. A rider-first commitment is core to SX Global’s mission and we feel this is the right move for the sport and its competitors.”

SX Global president Tony Cochrane commented: “An overview of virtually every successful sport or racing series around the world will tell you that success is driven by the stars – the athletes putting their talents on the line.

“To be honest, expanding opportunity for athletes as a strategy for business growth isn’t all that innovative, it just hasn’t been the case in supercross. It makes complete sense that our emphasis would be on elevating opportunities and potential outcomes for our teams and riders.”