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Australian Supercross officially cancelled for 2020

The continuing restrictions surrounding travel within Australia continue to play havoc with Motorcycling Australia’s attempts to successfully formulate a plan of action in regards to the running of the Australian Motocross and Supercross Championships.

While M.A. still retains the hope of running the Australian Motocross Championship, this afternoon they conceded defeat and officially cancelled the 2020 Australian Supercross Championship.

Organisers of the Australian Supercross Championship have now shifted their focus towards a bigger and better series for next year.

AUS SX Holdings Co-Founder and Director Adam Bailey expressed disappointment in the inability to run a series for 2020, however expects season 2021 to be one of the best championships that supercross in Australia has ever seen.

It’s really disappointing for us and all involved with supercross in Australia to have to cancel this year’s series,” said Bailey. “We wanted to hold out for as long as we could, to try and get some semblance of supercross competition up and running for this year and actually things were looking great for a fantastic 2020 series only a few weeks ago. With the ever-changing situation we’re up against with COVID however evolving so rapidly recently, we have no choice but to cancel this year’s series. We just don’t have 100% certainty that we can safely and successfully deliver a calibre of a series that we expect of ourselves, and that fans and competitors deserve. Supercross has been on a massive upward trend and we’re working tirelessly to ensure that this growth pattern continues. We are striving to create a sustainable, globally recognised platform for our Australian talent to showcase their skills, and are committed to delivering this in 2021 and beyond,” concluded Bailey.

Motorcycling Australia CEO, Peter Doyle, mirrored Bailey’s disappointment, however is confident the right decision was made and is equally committed to ’21.

It’s unfortunately a similar picture many sports face due the border closures, spectator restrictions and differing legislation in each state around COVID-19. The time, effort and large financial input required to run Supercross in this environment is a huge gamble and we thank and support AUS SX Holdings for their efforts and decision to cancel. Everyone can now focus on 2021 when hopefully this pandemic is behind us,” commented Doyle.

The 2019 Australian Supercross season proved to be the most successful to date, with over 75,000 fans in attendance across the five round series, along with live broadcasts available for both the Auckland and Melbourne rounds. For the first time ever, 35,000 race fans packed into Marvel Stadium for the season finale in the heart of downtown Melbourne, and witnessed Penrite Honda’s Chris Blose (SX2) and Justin Brayton (SX1) wrap up their respective championships in empathic fashion over a nail biting triple header format.

The Australian Supercross Championship has grown exponentially over the past five years, with fans, riders and brands alike from all over the world, interested in what the Southern Hemisphere has to offer. Series 2021 promises to be bigger and generate more interest than ever before following this year’s layoff.

Earlier today M.A. had also announced the cancellation of the 2020 Australian Speedway Senior and Junior Sidecar Championships which were scheduled to be held at Olympic Park, on November 6 and 7, this year, and that the 2020 FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship which was due to run on October 31, at Gillman Speedway, South Australia, will now be delayed until 2021.

Source: MCNews.com.au

AUS-X Open moves to Melbourne! | Aussie SX finale to hit Docklands

AUS-X Open organisers have announced a move from Sydney to Marvel Stadium at Melbourne’s Docklands for their signature supercross event.

AUS-X Open Chairman – Tony Cochrane (Founder of V8 Supercars), states a move to Melbourne will open up a world of opportunity as this exciting event looks to expand and build on its already popular foundations.

“Since its inception, the AUS-X Open has grown from strength-to-strength to a point where we’ve found ourselves in the fortunate situation of needing to expand to cater for the growing appetite of Supercross racing and more broader sports fans across the country,” Cochrane said. Melbourne is renowned for hosting some of the world’s greatest sporting events and what better place than Marvel Stadium to deliver a world-class event to a world-class audience.” “The AUS-X Open Melbourne will be bigger, faster, louder, featuring more entertainment and greater accessibility to these international megastars than ever before, and I can’t wait for November 30 to showcase this amazing spectacle to the people of Melbourne. It really has to be seen to be believed.”

Aus-X Open
Aus-X Open

November 30 will see Australia and New Zealand’s best riders go head-to-head against the world’s best at Marvel Stadium with a junior class also on show, with competitors as young as six set to compete in front of the huge Melbourne crowd.

Organisers promise that fans will be blown away by the full-sized World Championship style track, that will test man and machine like never before.

The AUS-X Open will move to Melbourne from Sydney as part of a partnership with the Victorian Government via its tourism and major events agency, Visit Victoria. It has the full support of the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, The Hon. Martin Pakula.

“Victoria is unmatched as the sporting and event capital of Australia and we’re so excited to bring the AUS-X Open to a world-class venue like Marvel Stadium,” said Mr Pakula. Melbourne’s sporting calendar continues to be the envy of cities across Australia and around the world. We’re thrilled to add AUS-X Open to the list, this November. Major events, such as the AUS-X Open, are hugely important to our visitor economy, helping to drive Melbourne’s international positioning and profile, tourism, branding and business links.”

AUS X Open International Supercross FIM Oceania Championship SX Chad Reed
Chad Reed won the AUS-X Open in NZ last year

The Monster Energy AUS-X Open Melbourne will double as the Grand Final round to the 2019 Australian Supercross Championship.

International Freestyle Motocross athletes will once again push the realms of possibility, attempting the biggest and best stunts ever seen on two wheels, in the FMX Best Trick competition.

Featuring live music and entertainment, giveaways, stunning pyrotechnics and more; the AUS-X Open Melbourne is an incredible entertainment spectacle for all ages.

Pre-Sale tickets will be available from May 15 via Ticketmaster.com.au and start from $39.99.

Source: MCNews.com.au