News 20 Nov 2023

Melbourne WSX wildcards named ahead of 2023 finals

Fill-in rides for Budd and Webster on World Supercross weekend.

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A trio of Australian wildcards have been named for this weekend’s 2023 World Supercross Championship (WSX) finals at Marvel Stadium, including Nathan Crawford, Kaleb Barham and Dylan Wills.

Both Crawford (KTM Racing Team) and Barham (Yamalube Yamaha Racing) are coming off a strong second round of the Australian Supercross Championship (AUSX) in SX2, finishing second and third, respectively, in Newcastle.

They will line up in SX2 Saturday night, which comes directly following the final round of the Australian championship on Friday in Melbourne, where Crawford is currently second in the point-standings and Barham positioned sixth.

Boom Racing Fox Husqvarna rider Wills will compete in the final round of the world championship onboard his FC 450, the New South Wales rider finishing fourth on the night in round two of AUSX at McDonald Jones Stadium after missing Adelaide’s opener due to injury.

Another new addition in the Boost Mobile Australian Grand Prix will be Serco Yamaha SX2 regular Rhys Budd – who was a wildcard in last year – as he is set to make a step to a YZ450F on Saturday night with the ClubMX Yamaha team, effectively in place of the injured Matt Moss.

This year’s wildcards will join the field alongside countrymen Luke Clout (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy), Kyle Webster (Honda Nils) and Wilson Todd (Boost Mobile Froth Honda) in SX2, with both Clout and Webster trading their 450s from AUSX to enter the 250 class on Saturday evening.