Super X to take Supercross to a whole new level in 2009
In 2008 the sport of Supercross received a massive shake up with the introduction of Super X, the new Australasian Supercross Championship. A total of 90,000 people packed stadiums across Australia to see the races live and an incredible four million viewers watched the series live on television.
Australia has never seen a Supercross series like it with a combination of exciting new race formats, full sized US tracks, international Supercross legends including dual Australian world champion Chad Reed, and live television coverage of every round, which is a first for any Supercross series in the world.
Huge outdoor venues were packed to capacity and culminated in a crowd of 20,000 people at QSAC in Brisbane for the series decider.
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In 2009 Super X will be back bigger and better with more new race formats, the greatest ever Supercross rider, Jeremy McGrath, competing at several rounds, Australian world Supercross champion, Chad Reed, back to defend his title and amazing new venues including a race in New Zealand.
The New Zealand Open of Supercross will see the best riders from Australia and New Zealand, including two time World Supercross and defending Super X champion Chad Reed, battle it out in the all important penultimate round of the championship.
NZ Supercross star, and greatest supercross rider ever, Ben Townley is confirmed to take on Chad Reed, Australia’s dual world Supercross champion at the event.
Townley is one of New Zealand’s most successful Supercross and Motocross exports with 12 national titles and a number of top level achievements in Europe and America, including winning the MX2 FIM Motocross World championship and the 2007 AMA SX 250cc class East Coast Championship, which is part of the top Supercross competition in the world.
“I was so pumped when I heard Super X was coming to New Zealand” said Townley. “It is a world class event that has the Supercross community around the world talking. The tracks are on par with those in the US and its great NZ fans will get to experience the excitement and action that a huge Supercross event can deliver. Having a massive home crowd behind me is going to be amazing and it is what I will need to take the fight to Reed. This will be a New Zealand verse Australia battle and I can’t wait to go for it.”
Australian born Chad Reed is the most successful Supercross rider to ever come out of Australasia, and has not raced in New Zealand since becoming world champion for the first time in 2003. “I am really pumped for the Hamilton round of Super X and to race in NZ. It will be the biggest Supercross event the country has ever seen and I know fans will love it. There has never been a full US designed track built in NZ and Super X tracks are on par with anything I have ever raced on in the US” said Reed. “The NZ round will be a great opportunity for rival countries to go head to head at a world class event.”
In 2009 the most exciting and popular race formats will return to Super X as well as all new formats that will test riders and their differing strengths. There will also be an exciting and unique exhibition race to add to the entertainment for fans at every round.Ã‚Â
Survival, Triple Challenge, Quadruple Challenge, Round Robin and the Double Header will all feature as a final format in the Open class. This year the 250cc class will also race several events over the new formats.
The incredibly exciting survival format as the name suggests is an all-out battle for survival through four five lap races with a lung busting two minute rest in between. The bottom five are eliminated each time in this format, until only five are left to fight it out. This format made its worldwide debut in Parramatta last year and brought the crowd of 17,000 to their feet with the most cut-throat Supercross racing Australia has ever seen.
The Triple Challenge will see 20 riders fight it out in three separate races of six laps with points gained in each race that go toward their final tally for the round.
Four, five lap races make up the Quadruple challenge and the Round Robin format will consist of multiple races with the highest point scores reaching the final. The double Header consists of two, ten lap races.
The promoter of Super X, Michael Porra, said the different formats were a massive success in 2008 because they are much shorter and faster than the traditional 20 lap races, which resulted in closer racing with absolutely no room for error.
“The exciting new formats in Super X provide a way for every good rider to have a chance of winning on his day. This made for extremely competitive racing because every rider on the track believed they had a chance and went for it. This competitiveness will only get stronger every year, which is great news for Supercross fans.”
All of the Australian riders who competed last year will return to the championship in 2009 as well as more international and top Australian riders who compete in the US to be announced over the coming months.
Fox Sports will once again cover every race live and Network Ten will run a one hour highlights package the weekend after each round. Tracks will be custom designed and built for each venue by internationally renowned American track designer, Jason Baker, and will incorporate many new challenges for riders.
Rounds of Super X will extend into Asia in coming years and the series is scheduled to allow top riders from around the world to compete in the championship.
Tickets go on sale Monday June 29. For more information visit www.superx.com.au
- October 17 – Tasmania – Aurora Stadium, Launceston
- October 24 – Victoria – Skilled Stadium, Geelong
- October 31 – Western Australia – Burswood Dome, Perth
- November 7 – Canberra – Canberra Stadium
- November 14 – New South Wales – Parramatta Stadium
- November 21 – New Zealand – Waikato Stadium
- December 5 – Queensland – QSAC stadium, Brisbane
Action from 2008’s Australasian Supercross Series, with Chad Reed #22
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