SX Global releases four teams lined up
SX Global, the Australian company behind the FIM Supercross World Championship (WSX), has announced four of the 10 exclusive team licenses it will issue for its first World Championship.
These independent teams were selected for their significant experience at the highest levels of supercross and professional motocross, and their ability to deliver strong competitive offerings in the 450 and 250 classes. Manufacturer participation in the series is strong with up to six represented in the FIM Supercross World Championship. The four teams include American MotoConcepts Honda and Pipes Motorsports Group, as well as French Bud Racing Kawasaki and GSM Yamaha.
An unprecedented model in supercross but used across the majority of thriving motorsports sports leagues and series around the world, WSX features an exclusive team ownership structure that allows each team to grow in value over time. time, while allowing a host of business opportunities on the world and regional levels for international and local events. This unique model, combined with SX Global’s allocation of $50 million specifically for team and rider support over the first five years of the championship, has generated widespread interest in the coveted 10-team allocation, as evidenced by more than 40 property applications submitted by suitors across the globe.
Over the next few weeks, the ten teams will be announced. The top four and team principals are detailed below:
• MotoConcepts Honda – Mike Genova:
At the helm of the MotoConcepts Honda team is a successful businessman, Mike Genova, who runs one of the top teams competing in the AMA Supercross Championship in the United States. A consistent performer in the series, Genova is a mainstay in the supercross world and is currently working with talented riders including Vince Friese and Justin Brayton.
• Pipes Motorsports Group – Dustin Pipes:
Led by Dustin Pipes, who brings extensive experience competing in AMA Supercross and Motocross both as an athlete and crew chief with Twisted Tea/HEP Motorsports, the Pipes Motorsports Group, backed by Suzuki USA Distributor Suzuki Motor USA , has the ambition to bring Supercross racing to a truly global stage.
• Bud Racing Kawasaki – Stephane Dasse:
Bud Racing Kawasaki are one of the most loyal teams in the GP paddock (since 2007), featuring in the World Class and European Championship, with some of the sport’s most promising riders. As team principal, Dassé racked up a long list of accolades, playing a key role in developing some of the game’s most successful riders, including Marvin Musquin, Gautier Paulin and Dylan Ferrandis.
• GSM Yamaha – Serge Guidetty:
Backed by Yamaha France, Guidetty’s team is one of two French racing teams competing in the FIM Supercross World Championship. An eminent supercross and motocross rider himself, Guidetty and the GSM Yamaha team are the current French Supercross champions.
“These four teams bring the level of experience, credibility and operational and competitive excellence needed to deliver the highest levels of competition to fans around the world; and we couldn’t be more excited to license them,” said Adam Bailey, Managing Director – Motorsport of SX Global. “As we enter our inaugural pilot season, it is essential that each of our teams bring a spirit of collaboration in the larger effort to move our sport forward and expand its relevance across the globe, and that is exactly the case. for each of these teams and owners.”
“For any sport or business to grow successfully, financial structures must establish broader revenue potential and overall returns for owners and investors. It’s a model that’s been proven for decades at the highest levels of professional sport, yet it doesn’t exist in supercross, and we’re changing that,” said Tony Cochrane, president of SX Global. “For the first time, supercross team owners have a true investment platform, with the ability to grow the financial value and equity of their teams over time.”
This team announcement is just one of many ongoing development efforts that will continue to elevate and solidify the FIM Supercross World Championship. The Championship will feature a highly exclusive structure, with an unparalleled level of financial support for teams, including seed funding for each licensed team, appearance fees at each round, as well as logistical support and transportation. In total, more than $50 million has been specifically earmarked to support teams and riders over five years alone. The World Series will feature the richest championship purses in sports history, with a total of $250,000 up for grabs in each round.
The FIM Supercross World Championship will take place every year in the second half of the year, including up to four events in 2022, from late September to November. 2022 will serve as a “pilot” season, allowing the championship to establish itself and build momentum through to 2023. From 2023 and onwards, the FIM Supercross World Championship will develop each year between June and November, with up to twelve events in 2023. .