Fresh off the announcement that the prestigious Monster Energy AUS-X Open will transfer from Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena to Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium this year, CDR Yamaha Monster Energy team owner Craig Dack has declared the venue as the ‘real deal’ for supercross racing.
The 53,000 capacity stadium will play host to the world’s best supercross riders alongside the nations greatest talents, with he Australian Supercross Championship finale to set go down on 30 November event.
Dack, an Australian motocross and supercross legend, believes the large venue will serve up a night of racing and entertainment that Australian fans are yet to experience, with a full-size, American-specification circuit set to allow the international and local contenders a chance to showcase the sport in its greatest form.
“It’s fantastic to see supercross back in Melbourne,” Dack stated. “Back in my racing days in the ’80s, we used to race at Rod Laver Arena, and the Melbourne people – the Victorians – really used to get into their supercross here where it ran for a period of 10 years. To see the sport come back to Melbourne in a such a big stadium – a full-size stadium, a proper racing, proper supercross [venue] is the real deal.
“Not only now do we have the best supercross riders in the world coming here, and our national riders are not slow – they’re quite competitive in supercross – so to not only to have all those talented riders here, but to have them in a full-size stadium and full-blown supercross track – the indoors in Sydney and Melbourne have been good over the years – but this is the real deal.
“The Australian competition against those top-class Americans including Chad Reed, the fans will see something they’ve never seen before, particularly in Melbourne on that night because of the track being the real deal.”
The highly-regarded AUS-X Open is the first confirmed venue and date of the 2019 Australian Supercross Championship, with confirmation of the full five-round schedule anticipated to be announced in the coming weeks. Fans can stay alerted of AUS-X Open pre-sale tickets via www.ausxopen.com.