The Supercross World Championship (WSX) and Australia-based SX Global have announced that the first round of their five-race pilot season will be held at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on October 8, 2022, and two of the biggest names in Supercross, Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen will be part of the roster. The race will be called the British Grand Prix.
Tomac will be a generic entry. WSX is planning four wildcard drivers in each round, allowing privateer participation against the 10 franchise organizations.
“I am delighted to be heading to Cardiff to compete in the FIM World Supercross British Grand Prix. It’s a huge opportunity for fans in the UK to witness the world championship supercross for the first time, and I’m delighted to be part of such a historic moment for the sport. Tomac said in a press release. “While I’m really looking forward to facing Ken, I also know that there will be a group of fast and talented riders from all over the world all lining up for their shot at a world championship. It’s going to be an epic battle, it’s is certain.
Tomac is the 2020 FIM Supercross World Champion when that title was crowned by the American Monster Energy Supercross series. Tomac is currently second in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross standings behind Chase Sexton and just five points ahead of Roczen.
The news came a day after Roczen signed on to lead the inaugural season for an undisclosed team. Roczen finished third in the 2020 season and second in 2021. Last year, Roczen shortened his 2022 campaign to focus on his health.
It worked, as he is one of four riders to win the first four rounds of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series. Roczen is currently third in this ranking.
“The WSX is a unique opportunity to compete on a truly global scale, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it,” said Roczen. “I haven’t raced overseas in a very long time, so I’m looking forward to bringing supercross to die-hard fans at these international events in 2022, while competing for an FIM-sanctioned world title.
“I am thrilled with what will no doubt be an incredible experience and a fantastic springboard for a full assault on my 2023 Supercross and Motocross championship goals.”
MotoConcepts Racing Honda announced its lineup last week with Justin Brayton and Vince Friese set to race in the SX1 division, which is the WSX designation for the 450 class. Mitchell Oldenburg and Cole Seely will race in the SX2 division, so the series has already star power they can bank on.
And for Roczen, the international series gives him a chance to connect with his European fans.
“The British Grand Prix in Cardiff represents a groundbreaking moment in the history of supercross, and the shared vision, passion and hard work of our SX Global team to elevate supercross to a truly global level,” said said Tony Cochrane, president of SX Global. “We believe the demand for supercross around the world can sustain the sport all year round, and the FIM Supercross World Championship will be the platform to deliver that. The British Grand Prix and the 2022 pilot season will not are just the beginning, and there is a lot of work to do, but we couldn’t be more proud to begin this incredible journey to expand the global relevance of this great sport.
The race will take place in the evening under the lights.