The man that created and grew the V8 Supercars Championship into the fourth largest sport in Australia – Tony Cochrane, has cemented his involvement in what he calls the next big thing in sport, Supercross.
The Monster Energy AUS-X Open Sydney event, which is now in its fourth year at Qudos Bank Arena, will form the curtain raiser for the 2018 Monster Energy S-X Open International Supercross FIM Oceania Championship, which promises to be the largest off-road motorcycling series, outside of the USA.
The all-new championship will captivate sports fans by combining what is already the most prestigious Supercross racing event in the Southern Hemisphere, the Monster Energy AUS-X Open Sydney, with a second event confirmed for Auckland on November 24, with riders challenging for the most prestigious FIM sanctioned Supercross championship crown in the Oceania region.
Cochrane was inducted into the V8 Supercars Hall of Fame in 2012, credited with taking the sport of touring car racing in Australia, from relative obscurity to one of the world’s most recognised motorsport Championships. He believes Supercross will be the next big sporting spectacle, to captivate audiences attention, in an ever-changing sporting landscape. That he is willing to put his name to it as the Chairman of the series, is a testament to his faith in its future potential.
“Full credit to Adam and Ryan – they have created a truly world-class event and over the next couple of years with their Oceania FIM rights, they have great opportunity to grow! I am very proud to help them grow foreign markets, in this exciting sports franchise.” Cochrane said.
“Anyone that hasn’t witnessed Supercross absolutely has to see it to believe it. Whether you are a motorsport fan or just a fan of good entertainment; you will love this. It is motorsport’s answer to 20-20 cricket. The action is non-stop, explosive and absolutely amazing to watch. Better yet you can see everything from the comfort of your seat, anywhere in the stadium.” Cochrane said.
Already confirmed for the 2018 Sydney event is last year’s AUS-X Open Sydney Champion and current world number one Jason Anderson, who is set to go head-to-head with 2015 and 2016 AUS-X Open Sydney champion and Australia’s own Chad Reed for the first time on Aussie soil. The pair will also have their hands full with defending Australian Supercross Champion Justin Brayton, and US Superstar Justin Barcia in the 2018 AUS-X Open Sydney lineup.
NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the Oceania Championship will ensure that this year’s AUS-X Open Sydney event is one that fans will not want to miss.
“Western Sydney has been the proud home to the AUS-X Open since its inception in 2015 and it has grown to become one of the most popular motorsport events in the country, with more than 27,000 fans packing Qudos Bank Arena last year,” Mr Marshall said.
“It is only fitting that Sydney is the first city to host a leg of the new Oceania Championship and I would encourage everyone to get their tickets early for this action-packed event.”
Series Co-Founder and Director Adam Bailey stated that an unwavering focus on spectator entertainment is the cornerstone behind the series’ creation and international expansion for 2018.
“Since the inception of the AUS-X Open Sydney in 2015, it has always been our goal to expand into overseas markets, so it is fantastic to be able to finally announce the all-new FIM Oceania Supercross Championship. Our philosophy is really simple; to give our audience non-stop entertainment that is unscripted, unpredictable and absolutely unmissable. Sydney is going to be our biggest and best event yet!” Bailey exclaimed.
FIM Oceania President Glen Williams is excited by the prospect of crowning an FIM Oceania Supercross Champion in 2018 and is looking forward to experiencing the excitement around the two world class events.
“FIM Oceania is thrilled to be working with these two truly international events and to be sanctioning the FIM Oceania Supercross Championship. We look forward to seeing some of the world’s greatest Supercross riders battling it out for the prestigious FIM Oceania Supercross championship trophy.” Williams said.
“FIM Oceania has the important role of helping to create rider development, the best regional competition and FIM Oceania championships within our region of the FIM global framework. In addition, to ensure these FIM Oceania programs and events are of truly international level.
“I am sure the FIM Oceania Supercross Championship will be action packed and hotly contested. It will amazing to see the handle bar to handle bar action in both Australia and New Zealand, it will be racing not to be missed.’’ Williams added.
The move to expand from a one-off event in Sydney to international championship status is a huge one, and series Co-Founder and Director Ryan Sanderson says the timing could not be better.
“After three years of growth in Sydney and a growing international audience, the timing for expansion and to announce the 2018 S-X Open International Supercross FIM Oceania Championship is perfect. Today’s sports fans and in particular the younger, millennial audience, command premium and memorable live event experiences that offer sensory overload from the moment they arrive. We’re certain, whether they think Supercross is their thing or not, they will be converted. There’s nowhere else they should be other than Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney on November 10,” Sanderson stated.
Supercross has been touted as one of the fastest growing and most extreme forms of motorsport on the planet. Athletes battle side-by-side, on 100 kg motorcycles, which are as commonly off the ground, as they are on it. Soaring 40 feet into the air and aggressive bar-to-bar contact is a regular occurrence throughout the short, explosive racing formats. Riders are more like modern-day gladiators, fighting within millimeters of catastrophe at all times.
In addition to the world’s best Supercross racers, each championship event features the best in international Freestyle Motocross stunts, stunning pyrotechnics, live music and concert-like entertainment values.
For further information and tickets to this year’s Monster Energy AUS-X Open Sydney visit Ticketek.com.au
The AUS-X Open Sydney is supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.
Monster Energy S-X Open International Supercross FIM Oceania Championship
Round 1 – Monster Energy AUS-X Open Sydney – November 10 at Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Round 2 – Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland – November 24 at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland