World Supercross announces provisional 2023 schedule

World Supercross 2023 schedule
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The 2023 World Supercross Championship (WSX) will provisionally host a six-race schedule with three rounds in Europe, two in the Pacific Rim and one in North America.

Beginning on July 1, 2023, the series moves its United Kingdom round from Cardiff, Wales to Birmingham, England before crossing the channel to France for their second race on July 22nd at Groupama Stadium in Lyon-Decines.

Before finishing their European stint, the series plans to head to Southeast Asia in Late September at a location still to be determined.

Returning to Europe in October, the German Grand Prix will take place at Merkur Spiel Arena on October 14th.

The WSX Series then has two weeks to travel to British Columbia for the Canadian Grand Prix.

Australia will once again crown their champion at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne on November 25th.

“It’s incredibly gratifying to see our vision for a truly global supercross championship steadily coming to fruition,” said SX Global CEO Adam Bailey in a press release. “Our goals, while ambitious, are clear to elevate supercross to a global audience through a truly international calendar of events, visit diverse destinations that have well-established and passionate fan bases and visit new regions where supercross can grow and flourish.

“We believe the 2023 schedule delivers on these promises, yet it’s only the tip of the spear. We have so much more room for growth in regions across the globe that are hungry to witness this incredible spectacle firsthand. We are only scratching the surface of our long-term plan for WSX.”

The two events run in 2022 hosted more than 85,000 fans. American rider Eli Tomac won the first race in Wales with a sweep of the weekend’s points.

In October, Joey Savatgy won the second of two pilot events with German native Ken Roczen named the inaugural champion of the WSX.

“Our pilot season was designed to test what is possible and prove that the sport of supercross has strong demand from fans in previously underserved countries across the world,” said Bailey. “The incredible fan response and attendance for events in Cardiff and Melbourne reinforced that our instincts were indeed correct, and we are now powered by strong momentum and interest from cities, promoters, broadcasters and sponsors all wanting to be part of the new global championship.

“We are excited to continue to showcase this incredible sport to fans across the globe.”

2023 Schedule

7/1: British Grand Prix; Birmingham, England
7/22: French Grand Prix; Lyon-Decines
9/30: Asian Grand Prix; TBD
10/14: German Grand Prix; Dusseldorf
10/28: Candian Grand Prix; Vancouver, British Columbia
11/24-25: Australian Grand Prix; Melbourne

Dylan Ferrandis in concussion protocol after Houston Supercross accident, Tampa status undetermined

Ferrandis Houston accident
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After suffering a frightening accident at Houston in the Monster Energy Supercross race, Dylan Ferrandis reports he is okay, but will be on concussion protocol and his status for Tampa this week is not yet determined.

Two laps into last week’s Main, Ferrandis was engaged in a battle with Ken Roczen for eighth place. Ferrandis landed on the back Roczen’s bike and was thrown, landing headfirst on the track. Ferrandis momentarily lost consciousness and the race was red flagged so he could be attended to by the Alpinestars medical team.

“I’m okay after my crash in the main event. I hit my head first and got knock[ed] out for some minutes,” Ferrandis posted in an Instagram story. “Everything else is fine and I am okay now fortunately. Will follow the concussion protocol and will see when I can ride again.”

Ferrandis regained consciousness, the medical crew fitted Ferrandis with a neck brace and he was able to stand and walk to the cart under his own power. Ferrandis was sitting up when he left the track with a member of the crew stabilizing his neck.

“It was an awesome ride [for Eli] and a good way to come back from last weekend,” said Jeremy Coker, Team Manager for Star Racing Yamaha at RacerXOnline.com. “It was also the lowest of lows. Unfortunately, it’s part of the sport, but to see one of your guys crash the way Dylan did and to see him lying there was pretty tough. Fortunately, when I got to him, he was able to open his eyes and looked at me and said my name, and it was a huge relief to see him stand up and walk away.”

Ferrandis was off to a strong start in 2023 with a worst finish of sixth at San Diego in the first three races. He entered Houston sixth in the standings, one point behind Jason Anderson.

Ferrandis’ teammate Eli Tomac went on to win the race.

Also riding for Star Racing Yamaha and making his 450cc Supercross debut, Justin Cooper advanced from 13th at the end of Lap 1 to finish seventh.