World Supercross (WSX) format revealed

World Supercross WSX format
World Supercross Championship

World Supercross (WSX) has announced the format of their races, with a focus on putting as many riders as possible on the track while fans are in the stands.

“We really sat down with a blank sheet of paper, which is what is exciting about this project, and were able to brainstorm what are the things we would do as supercross fans to improve the sport,” said Adam Baily, Managing Director SX Global. “How do we take it to the next level and how do we elevate it.  What does the future of supercross look like?”

Highlighting the list of what they wanted to see was more racing during the evening and tighter races.

Practice and the first qualification sessions will happen throughout the day. But as the evening rolls around, when the fans begin to arrive, the riders will do their timed practices and another qualification session in the afternoon.

As the program advances in the SX2 division, (250s), a pair heat races of five laps each will determine a rider’s starting gate selection for the Main event. The heat winner with the lowest elapsed time will get preference in gate selection.

For the 450s, two heats of six laps, with 11 riders in each race, will seed the riders into another superpole race, somewhat akin to the dash races run in dirt sprint cars. The first five finishers from each heat will qualify for the superpole dash. This is a one-lap sprint to set the fastest time with the finishing order determining gate selection for three main events.

The races will feature a field of 22 riders, including 10 two-man franchise teams and a pair of wild card riders. The 250 division will have two six-lap heats and a longer 10-lap main to close their night. There will be five minutes between each race.

The 450s will have a pair of eight-lap races and a 12-lapper to close the night. In both divisions, points will be totaled from all three races to determine the winner. The length of the races was decided to keep competition tight.

“For the fans, they get to see the best riders in the world racing for so much more in the night than they do in traditional supercross races,” Baily said. “It’s much closer racing. There’s not an opportunity for runaway winners because the races are so much shorter and compact. More gate drops mean the chance for closer racing is much greater.”

The pilot season gets underway British Grand Prix in Cardiff, Wales on October 8, 2022.

2023 MotoGP schedule announced, highlighted by trips to India and Kazakhstan

2023 MotoGP schedule
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A new opening venue and the addition of two Grands Prix in India and Kazakhstan will highlight the 2023 MotoGP schedule.

The 2023 MotoGP season will kick off March 24th with the opening round in Portugal instead of the typical trip to Qatar. Work on the Losail International Circuit pushed their date back to the penultimate weekend after the series finishes a series of races around the Pacific Rim.

Following Portugal, MotoGP heads to Argentina and the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas for their only visit to the United States before heading back to Europe for most of the next 10 rounds.

Interrupting the long European stint will be the series’ first visit to the Sokol International Circuit in Kazakhstan on July 7, 2023. The traditional summer break will be three weeks and then MotoGP heads to England for the British GP in August.

After three more European rounds at Austria, Catalunya and San Marino, the second new date on the calendar will come on the 16-turn, Buddh International Circuit for a September 24 race date. Both the India and Kazakhstan races are subject to homologation and approval by the circuit.

The next six races will be held in Asia and Oceania before Qatar and Valencia close out the schedule.

“We’re very proud to announce that Buddh International Circuit will be on the 2023 calendar,” said Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna, which manages the series. “We have a lot of fans in India and we’re excited to be able to bring the sport to them.

“India is also a key market for the motorcycle industry and therefore, by extension, for MotoGP as the pinnacle of the two-wheeled world. We very much look forward to racing at Buddh International Circuit and can’t wait to welcome the fans through the gates to see this incredible sport in person.”

One of two new races announced for 2022, in Finland, did not materialize this season and has not been added to the 2023 MotoGP schedule. In addition, the Aragon GP has been removed to keep the rounds at 21.

2023 Provisional Schedule

Portugal GP, Algarve, March 26
Argentina GP, Termas de Río Hondo, April 2
American GP, Circuit of the Americas, April 16
Spanish GP, Jerez, April 30
French GP, Le Mans, May 14
Italian GP, Mugello, June 11
German GP, Sachsenring, June 18
Dutch GP, Assen, June 25
Kazakhstan GP, Sokol, July 9 *
British GP, Silverstone, August 6
Austrian GP, Red Bull Ring, August 20
Catalan GP, Catalunya, September 3
San Marino GP, Misano, September 10
Indian GP, Buddh, September 24 *
Japanese GP, Motegi, October 1
Indonesia GP, Mandalika Street Circuit, October 15
Australian GP, Philip Island, October 22
Thailand GP, Chang International Circuit, October 29
Malaysian GP, Sepang, November 12
Qatar GP, Losail International Circuit, November 19
Valencia GP, Ricardo Tormo, November 26

* subject to approval