As the countdown to the very first FIM World Supercross Championship Grand Prix, taking place at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff begins, Honda Genuine Honda Racing rider, Max Anstie, flew in from the U.S last week to visit the stadium ahead of the first Supercross race on 8th October.
One of two home heroes competing in the 2022 World Supercross British Grand Prix, Anstie returned to the UK to visit the stadium that he last raced at when he was just nine years old.
“Coming here has really stirred the memories”, said Anstie. “I was last here as a kid on a 65cc bike, so to come back here competing for a World Championship title is super special. When the first round was announced, my mother immediately phoned me from her home in Wales, telling me how excited she was. And that enthusiasm is really spreading, I’ve had so many friends and fans contact me to say they’re coming. It’s going to be mega.”
Joining a new team ahead of the opening round, Anstie originally from Newbury, England will race in the SX2 class aboard a CRF250R, for the Honda Genuine Honda Racing Team.
Talking about his hopes for the opening round, Anstie continued. “This is such a big thing. The Championship is full of talent, which genuinely makes it hard for me to pick out a rival I expect to be battling with in Cardiff. What I do know is that this is a World Championship and nobody will be here to make up the numbers. Competition will be fierce and I need to be on my game. I’m training harder than ever and I’ll be back in Florida getting as much time on the bike as I can before we come back in October. I genuinely cannot wait for the gate to drop on the 8th October.”
Fans visiting Cardiff will not only witness the very best supercross racers in the world do battle, with the likes of Ken Roczen, Chad Reed and Eli Tomac going bar to bar, but will also get to see two-time Brit nominated, multi-platinum selling artist, AJ Tracey perform too, making it a night of unmissable action and entertainment.
Tickets for the opening round of the 2022 FIM World Supercross Championship are on general sale and available from www.livenation.co.uk / www.ticketmaster.co.uk
About FIM World Supercross Championship
The FIM World Supercross Championship (WSX) is a comprehensive global championship led by SX Global in Australia. The world governing body for motorcycle sport, Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), awarded SX Global the exclusive organizational and commercial rights to stage and promote the World Supercross Championship commencing in 2022. The global championship represents the most progressive and ambitious platform to elevate the sport of supercross and expand its appeal across the globe. WSX will follow the established two-class format, with each independently owned team fielding four riders – two in the WSX (450cc) class, and two in the SX2 (250cc) class with a prize purse of up to USD$250,000 at each event. With more than $50 million allocated over the first five years, the global championship features an unprecedented level of financial support for teams and riders, including seed funding for every team awarded a license, appearance fees at every event, and logistics and freight support. The independent team ownership model, similar to that of F1 and NASCAR, will expand opportunities for global and local sponsors. WSX will offer an elevated experience for fans, through unique race formats, broadcast innovations, and in-stadium attractions that elevate the overall entertainment experience.
About SX Global
Based in Australia, SX Global is a collective of world class sports marketing and entertainment experts who operate globally within the motorsports and entertainment industries. Considered the ‘founding father’ of the modern era of Australian motor racing, Tony Cochrane leads the SX Global team as president, bringing more than 45 years of experience in developing and managing successful motorsports series and events. Managing Directors, Adam Bailey, a former competitive rider, and Ryan Sanderson, bring extensive proven experience in supercross event development, management, and promotion after five years of successfully delivering the largest action sports and supercross event in the Southern Hemisphere, the AUS-X Open.