Cardiff’s Principality Stadium will host the FIM World Supercross Championship’s British Grand Prix on October 8, it has been announced.

The event will be the first round of the 2022 season of the series, which has historically taken place in the US.

Organisers of the World Supercross Championship are planning to make the series a global spectacle this season, with the UK viewed as a fitting destination for the opening event given it is the birthplace of motocross racing.

The Principality Stadium event will feature current US champion and former World Supercross champion Eli Tomac, as well as his arch rival Ken Roczen. Ten teams and 40 riders are set to compete for over $250,000 (£210,000/€244,000) in prize money.

The International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) awarded Australia-based SX Global the exclusive organisational and commercial rights to stage and promote the World Supercross Championship from 2022 onwards.

SX Global assumed the rights following the conclusion of the FIM’s sanctioning agreement with Feld Motor Sports, which organised the US-based Supercross series. More than $50m is set to be allocated over the first five years as SX Global looks to raise the profile of the series.

The Principality Stadium event is the first meeting confirmed for the 2022 calendar, which will serve as a pilot season to allow the Championship to establish itself ahead of an expanded campaign in 2023. Up to four events are expected to be held from late October through November, with next year’s expanded calendar set to include up to 12 events.

Adam Bailey, managing director of motorsport for SX Global, said: “Our mission for the World Supercross Championship is to elevate supercross to a truly global audience and give international fans the opportunity to experience this incredible sport at a World Championship level, first-hand.

“We are so excited that October 8, inside Principality Stadium, will mark this momentous occasion for supercross, and fans will get to see the likes of Roczen, Tomac, and others go head-to-head in the UK.”

Mark Williams, manager of Principality Stadium, added: “We’re thrilled that Principality Stadium has been chosen to host round one of the FIM World Supercross Championship. Hosting the first round of the WSX, we look forward to delivering an outstanding experience for all supercross fans travelling to Cardiff and adding this to our successful 20-year history with motorsport.”

Tickets for the event will go on sale this Friday. Hospitality packages will also be made available, with prices starting at £395 (€459/$470) plus VAT per person.

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