Supercross, Professional Motocross announce historic partnership to create continuity throughout sport

Supercross and Professional Motocross are unifying for the primary time.

Feld Motor Sports activities and MX Sports activities Professional Racing, promoters of the 2 collection, introduced a partnership Tuesday to create continuity throughout the game, add a season-ending playoff starting in 2023 and provide the richest purse in motocross historical past.

“Motocross is 50 years previous this yr and Supercross turns 50 in 2024,” stated Dave Prater, VP of Supercross at Feld Motor Sports activities. “We share the identical race groups and athletes and now, we’re lastly coming collectively. I imagine we will probably be exponentially higher than we have been as two separate championships.”

Supercross racing takes place on shorter, artifical tracks inside arenas, whereas motocross races are held on longer, out of doors tracks. Following the 17-race Supercross and 11-race Professional Motocross seasons, prime riders throughout each disciplines will compete in a first-of-its-kind playoff to crown an inaugural SuperMotocross World Champion within the sport’s latest self-discipline. Riders will compete for a $10 million purse, the most important within the sport’s historical past.

“We are going to nonetheless have a Supercross champion. We’ll nonetheless have a Motocross champion. However we’ll have a unified rule guide, a unified calendar, greatest practices and insurance policies. We’ll have continuity,” stated Davey Coombs, president of MX Sports activities Professional Racing, which manages the Professional Motocross Championship. “Supercross is nice at taking our sport downtown the place we get observed. Outside motocross is nice at elevating the grassroots of our sport. To convey that collectively lifts us all.”

Following the Supercross and Professional Motocross seasons, the highest 22 athletes in mixed factors in each the 250cc and 450cc lessons will qualify to compete in a three-round SuperMotocross playoff on tracks designed to combine components from each types of racing.

“There’s an age-old debate about who’s the most effective rider on this planet: the Supercross champion or the Motocross champion,” Prater stated. “We’re going to elevate the stakes and produce each disciplines collectively on hybrid tracks and reply that query.

“Our sport has by no means had a playoff system or a real Tremendous Bowl. That’s what I’m most enthusiastic about, the post-season and ending on a excessive notice yearly.”

The places of the primary two playoff races have but to be introduced, however the World Championship will happen Oct. 14, 2023, on the Los Angeles Coliseum, the unique dwelling of Supercross.

Fifty years in the past, on July 8, 1972, a one-off occasion dubbed the Tremendous Bowl of Motocross drew greater than 29,000 individuals to the LA Coliseum and set the stage for the game’s evolution into Supercross in 1974. The inaugural SuperMotocross World Championship will mark the game’s first race on the Coliseum in 25 years.

“The LA Coliseum means to our sport what the Rose Bowl does to school soccer and Wrigley Discipline does to baseball,” Coombs stated. “It is meant a lot to our previous, to include it into our future is admittedly particular.”

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