France, Germany, Canada and Southeast Asia added across six rounds.
A total of six World Supercross Championship (WSX) rounds have provisionally been announced for 2023, set to span between July and November as the SX Global series prepares for its first proper season of competition.
An initial two-round ‘pilot’ series made up WSX this year, with in excess of 85,000 fans attending across the season-opener in Cardiff and finals at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium.
For 2023, the WSX season will open at Villa Park in Birmingham, United Kingdom, on 1 July, before heading to Groupama Stadium in Lydon-Decines, France, three weeks later on 22 July.
There will then be a full two-month break in the calendar, before on 30 September the series will resume in Southeast Asia at the location remaining to be confirmed. It will return to Europe on 14 October at Merkur Spiel Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Two weeks later, WSX will move to Canada at BC Place in Vancouver, with the championship finals taking place once more with the WSX Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne between 24-25 November. Notably, Principality Stadium in Cardiff will not host a round of the 2023 championship.
“It’s incredibly gratifying to see our vision for a truly global supercross championship steadily coming to fruition,” explained newly-appointed SX Global CEO Adam Bailey. “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. 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.
“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.”
As anticipated, this new-look WSX schedule directly conflicts with established series throughout the world, including namely AMA Pro Motocross and combined new SuperMotocross World Championship in the US, as well as the MXGP World Championship and the Australian ProMX Championship. It will also likely overlap with Australian supercross.
WSX class champion Ken Roczen’s HEP Motorsports Suzuki announcement this week indicated that he will enter 450MX outdoors, however, sources also suggest that he in fact does have the option to defend his world title with the Pipes Motorsports Group (PMG) organization.