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World Supercross Championship completes calendar with Singapore date

National Stadium

Featured image credit: Singapore Sports Hub

The World Supercross Championship (WSX) has announced Singapore’s National Stadium as the destination for its first event in the Asian marketplace.

SX Global, the official and exclusive promoter of International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) sanctioned WSX, has said the WSX Singapore Grand Prix at National Stadium, centrepiece of Singapore Sports Hub, will take place on September 30.

The event will be promoted via a joint venture partnership with promoter Lushington Entertainments and the team that, through its corporate affiliate, Singapore GP, stages Formula 1’s Singapore Grand Prix.

SX Global CEO, Adam Bailey, said: “Singapore is a fantastic location for World Supercross Championship because it’s one of the world’s travel hubs and is central to huge masses of the population throughout Asia, and its National Stadium provides the ideal venue to stage a round of Championship racing.

“Within a three-hour flight of Singapore are the world’s largest motorcycle markets, including Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, making Southeast Asia an extremely important region for the World Supercross Championship as we continue to expand our global footprint.

“Partnering with Lushington Entertainments is a huge opportunity for the Championship and for supercross as a whole. We are thrilled to be working with the same team that helms the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, the original night race that set the benchmark for combining on-track activity with world-class entertainment and music acts. 

“They are absolute experts at combining world championship motorsport and entertainment, and there is no one better for us to partner with to deliver an incredible experience in Singapore.”

Lushington Entertainments executive director, Adam Firth, added: “It is a great opportunity to deliver another premier motorsport event that will appeal to a wide audience that includes families, millennials and sports fans. Over the coming years, we will work with SX Global to grow World Supercross throughout the Asian region.”

A Southeast Asia leg of the Championship was confirmed for an undisclosed location as WSX in December unveiled an expanded calendar for its 2023 season, including new events at major stadia such as Villa Park, Groupama Stadium, Merkur Spiel Arena and BC Place.

The announcement of the calendar followed two successful pilot events in 2022 that saw more than 85,000 fans attend events at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales; and Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

These two venues remain on the calendar for 2023, with four new additions taking it up to six events. Villa Park, home of English Premier League football club Aston Villa, will stage the opening round in Birmingham on July 1. The Championship will then cross the channel to France for round two on July 22 at Groupama Stadium in Lyon-Décines, which hosts French Ligue 1 football team Olympique Lyonnais.

The series will make its way to Singapore, before heading to Dusseldorf, Germany on October 14 at Merkur Spiel Arena. On October 28, WSX will be in Canada at BC Place in Vancouver, before the Championship concludes at Marvel Stadium on November 24-25.

The FIM awarded Australia-based SX Global the exclusive organisational and commercial rights to stage and promote the World Supercross Championship from 2022 onwards, under a 10-year deal signed in December 2021.

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.  Mubadala Capital, the asset management arm of the Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Mubadala Investment Company, has invested a reported $50m (£40m/€46.5m) in the promoter.