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Cycle News 2022 Issue 32 August 9

Cycle News is a weekly magazine that covers all aspects of motorcycling including Supercross, Motocross and MotoGP as well as new motorcycles

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Welcome, SuperMotocross F eld Motor Sports, Inc., the organizers of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Cham- pionship, and MX Sports Pro Racing, the organizers of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, jointly announced a partnership that will see the formation of the SuperMotocross World Championship. Under this new alliance, the two companies will work together with the plan to grow both Supercross and moto- cross, creating a new champion- ship platform that will reward the sport's best athletes with a $10 million purse—the richest offering in either sports' history. Starting in 2023, the profes- sional racing season will expand and culminate with the SuperMo- tocross World Championship on Saturday, October 14, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. "With the creation of the Su- perMotocross World Champion- ship, we are taking a significant step towards growing the sport into a series that will be better suited for the expanding global marketplace and its impact on our fans and sponsors," said Kenneth Feld, Chair and CEO of Feld Entertainment, Inc. "As media and technology continue to evolve, SuperMotocross will be able to capitalize on these innovations to reach new audi- ences and grow exponentially in the coming years." The two championships will both continue to crown their own champions at the conclusion of their respective series. After- ward, the top 22 250cc athletes and the top 22 450cc athletes in combined Supercross and Pro Motocross points will qualify to compete in the two SuperMoto- cross Playoff rounds and World Championship round for the Su- perMotocross number-one plate and sport's richest payout. All seven of the primary origi- nal equipment manufacturers (OEMs)—KTM, Husqvarna, Gas- Gas, Kawasaki, Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki, are excited about this new partnership and are fully com- mitted to competing with their race teams. Factory-supported racing efforts have been the backbone of professional racing in the United States for more than five decades. Their commitment ensures that the highest level of racing compe- tition will continue in Supercross, Pro Motocross and throughout the SuperMotocross Playoffs and World Championship. "The creation of the Super- Motocross World Championship is the biggest and most posi- tive step to ever happen in our sport," said Roger DeCoster— Director of Motorsports, KTM Group North America. "Super- cross and Motocross racing in the U.S. is very strong right now and this investment from Feld Motor Sports and MX Sports Pro IN THE WIND P34 The Supercross and Pro Motocross organizers have teamed up and announced a combined Supercross/Motocross series called SuperMotocross Championship. KTM, GasGas, Husqvarna, Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha and Suzuki say they are all in.

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