WSX set for Villa Park as wildcards confirmed

World Supercross superstars are all set for the British GP, with the 2023 championship kicking off this weekend at Villa Park, the home of Aston Villa Football Club. After a successful pilot season in 2022, the British GP is the first entry on a six-round calendar that takes the series from Europe to North America, Asia, and, finally, Australia.

Reigning world champions Ken Roczen and Shane McElrath return – heading a star-studded lineup that includes Vince Friese, Justin Brayton, and series newcomer Colt Nichols, while flying the flag for the home crowd will be Max Anstie and Dean Wilson – to compete for the biggest prize purse in the sport’s history.

WSX announced their three Wild Card riders for Birmingham, including:

  • Dylan Woodcock (UK)– SX2 – raced in 2022
  • Jack Brunell (UK) – WSX – raced in 2022
  • Charles Francois (France) – WSX – new to WSX

At every round, $250,000 is up for grabs, split across the WSX (450) and SX2 (250) classes. $40,000, $30,000, and $20,000 is handed out to the podium finishers in the WSX category, while the SX2 winner nets $16,000.

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WSX further elevates the level of the sport with unprecedented support for the teams, with all freight costs for the season covered, while a $650,000 signing fee was awarded to each team, covering the 2022, 2023, and 2024 seasons. There’s also an additional $50,000 appearance fee for each outfit.

Raising the stakes further is an innovative race format, characterized by three, back-to-back main events deciding the overall podium. With just a five-minute break between races, the action is fast and frenetic. There are heat races to decide gate selection, while a Superpole session for the WSX class makes further points available for the top-three qualifiers, which is new in 2023.

In each main, event points are awarded down to the 20th finishing position and the rider with the highest combined point totals is declared the GP winner.

On Saturday night, Villa Park will be unrecognizable as the world-famous venue is transformed into a dirt bike battleground, and, thanks to the work of Dream Traxx, 7,000 tons of dirt turns the pitch into a world class supercross track. Watch the track fly through here.

While local fans are ready to pack into the famous soccer grounds, global audiences can watch the British GP thanks to extensive broadcast coverage aired to more than 180 countries and 500 million households worldwide.

For those viewers, that broadcast team sees long-time supercross broadcaster Ralph Sheheen return, along with former supercross champion Jeff Emig and trackside reporter Kristen Beat. They’ll be joined by former champion and supercross legend Chad Reed for 2023.

Tickets are still available for the British Grand Prix, and can be purchased here.

Words: Press Release

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