SuperMotocross World Championship created featuring $10 million purse

SuperMotocross World Championship
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Beginning in 2023, motorcycle racing will crown a new champion with the announcement of a partnership between Feld Motor Sports and MX Sports Pro Racing to form the SuperMotocross World Championship. The purse for this championship will award $10 million in prize money, making this the richest payout for either sanctioning body.

The first championship will end on October 14, 2023, at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Calif., stretching the combined seasons from January through October.

“With the creation of the SuperMotocross World Championship, we are taking a significant step towards growing the sport into a series that will be better suited for the expanding global marketplace and its impact on our fans and sponsors,” said Kenneth Feld, Chair and CEO of Feld Entertainment, Inc. in a release.

Eli Tomac is the reigning Monster Energy Supercross champion. Feld Motor Sports/MX Sports Pro Racing/Align Media

Each series will continue to crown individual champions at the end of their respective seasons.

Based on combined points in both series, the top 22 riders in the 250 class and 450 class will then compete in two SuperMotocross Playoff rounds and a World Championship round for the SuperMotocross No. 1 plate – and the most lucrative prize money in the history of the sport.

Eli Tomac is both the reigning supercross 450 champion and current points’ leader in motocross after eight of 12 rounds.

“We are celebrating 50 years of American Motocross this season and the creation of the SuperMotocross World Championship and working in unison with Supercross may be one of the most significant changes the sport has ever undertaken,” said Carrie Coombs-Russell, Chief Executive Officer, MX Sports Pro Racing. “This collaboration will create the only off-road racing series on the planet that provides a fully supported infrastructure, from amateur development to the professional ranks for global competitors to race on the world’s most challenging and demanding tracks.”

The course design for the SuperMotocross rounds will combine elements of both supercross and motocross to highlight the various strengths of each discipline.

Additionally, this marks closer ties between the primary sanctioning bodies for supercross and motocross. Leadership from Feld and MX Pro Racing will contribute to create a unified rule book. They will also work together to provide marketing and operational expertise to grow the sport both domestically and internationally.

All of the primary original equipment manufacturers have committed to the new series.

“The creation of the SuperMotocross World Championship is the biggest and most positive step to ever happen in our sport,” said Roger De Coster, Director of Motorsports, KTM Group North America. “Supercross and Motocross racing in the U.S. is very strong right now and this investment from Feld Motor Sports and MX Sports Pro Racing will bring the next generation of fans to motorcycling.”

Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

Roczen Progressive Ecstar Suzuki
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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).

“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.

“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”

For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.

“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.

“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”

Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.

“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.