News 26 Feb 2024

How Moss is making his career work as a SX journeyman

Indian Supercross Racing League victory his latest achievement overseas.

Success in the Indian Supercross Racing League (ISRL) is the latest accolade of Matt Moss in a unique international supercross-only schedule, travelling the world in an effort to extend his career at the professional level. It’s a process that will ultimately lead to World Supercross and the Australian domestic series later in the year.

Since returning to competition, now 35-year-old Moss – a two-time winner of the national SX1 crown a full decade ago in 2013-2014 – has gradually centred his focus on supercross, from winning the 250 class in Paris during 2022 to making select Monster Energy Supercross appearances and also taking on the traditional off-season program in Germany.

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It’s the new Indian-based series that Moss has been putting his time into of late, however, drafted by the BigRock Motorsports team in a lucrative rider ‘auction’, which attracted the likes of Jordi Tixier, Thomas Ramette, Cedric Soubeyras and Tyler Bowers alongside the Aussie contingent of Moss, Reid Taylor and Caleb Goullet. 

For Moss, who went on to win in Ahmedabad (round two) and claimed two additional podiums across the three rounds to clinch the 450 class title on Kawasaki machinery, it’s revitalised his outlook on the sport. It’s that very reason why he’s chosen not to contest the Penrite ProMX Championship at home, and to instead become a genuine supercross specialist.  

“Racing overseas for me just feels like a new lease on life,” Moss told MotoOnline. “Racing WSX, that was amazing, then racing Australian Supercross and now we’re in India racing over here. The Indian Supercross League has been amazing also, the hospitality and everything that’s involved with the travel and hotels, it’s something that I’m really enjoying.

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“At my age and with what I’m doing, I’d say I would prefer to do what I’m doing than race ProMX, just because it’s eight rounds over about six or seven months, so for me to maintain the strength and fitness throughout that whole season without injuring myself, it’s not really something that I look at as enjoyable at my age and at this point in my career.”

While SX Global’s WSX championship has endured a turbulent first two seasons largely clouded by instability and with no official word yet on the 2024 calendar, it’s an important part of Moss’ season. For him, the chance to compete for a world title in a condensed schedule while still being based out of Sydney with his young family is a welcome one, in addition to the AUSX series in the closing months of the year. 

“Doing what I’m doing and racing in India, Australia and then WSX, I can make a good living and provide for my family and I get to do what I love,” he continued. “So it’s a thumbs up on my end, I’m enjoying it. It’s something I’ve never had the chance to do, travelling the world and racing. Sometimes it’s hard to be away from the family for so long, but my kids get to see me race and see me striving for something. I’m looking forward to it for many years to come.”

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And it wasn’t just Moss who stood atop the Indian Supercross League podium, with recent Empire Kawasaki team signing Taylor – who will enter ProMX in MX2 once again upon returning home – winning two of the three rounds in the 250 category to clinch the title alongside Moss with the BigRock Motorsports franchise.