The inclusion of these top riders for the series finale makes it the biggest rider line up ever assembled in Australian supercross history, which is a mouth watering prospect for all race fans. The event will also host the largest ever supercross crowd in Australia with organisers expecting 25,000 fans after already selling over 22,000 tickets.
Riding for his American team, Muscle Milk Toyota JGR Yamaha with support from CDR Rockstar Yamaha whilst he is in Australia, Josh Grant is one of the fastest riders in the world and is in top form after winning the first round of the 2009 AMA World Supercross Championship as well as a number of podium finishes earlier in the year. Grant finished fourth overall in the series and became the first rider in history to win their first race in the AMA Open class.
“I can’t wait to get down to Australia and race," Grant said. "I have never been there before and I have been hearing all about what a great series Super X is. I heard that Australian fans love their sport as well so I am looking forward to giving it my all and putting on a good show for them,” said Grant.
Also joining Grant is Honda Red Bull Racing’s Davi Millsaps, who finished an impressive eighth overall in the 2009 AMA World Supercross Championship and also gained a number of podium finishes. Millsaps has been a dominant rider ever since he turned Pro in 2004 and came fourth overall in the 2008 AMA Supercross series. Woodstock Honda Thor Racing will be assisting Millsaps whilst in Australia.
This announcement comes after the late withdrawal of current world supercross champion, James Stewart, from the Brisbane round due to serious illness. Super X promoters have been working tirelessly to secure top international replacements, which has not been an easy task given the incredibly short timeframe.
Managing Director of Global Action Sports, Mike Porra - who is the promoter of the Monster Energy Super X Championship - said today that he is really excited about bringing these great competitors out for the Brisbane round and knows it will make the racing at the series finale truly spectacular.
“We were all so disappointed when James pulled out, which is why we have been working so hard to find replacements to ensure dedicated fans still get to experience the biggest supercross event ever held in Australia," Porra said. "This year’s series has been a huge success and it has all been building to the finale in Brisbane. It could be anyone’s race, especially with the cut-throat Triple Challenge race format in the final.
“The two USA riders will be up against series leader, Chad Reed, who will be looking to race well to defend his title; second placed Daniel Reardon, third placed Jay Marmont and fourth placed Tye Simmonds will be battling for the top championship positions and top Australian riders that both race in the USA, Michael Byrne and Daniel McCoy will be looking to finish the series on a high. "The inclusion of Matt Moss in the Open class will only add to this. He recorded the fastest lap time last weekend in NZ over Reed and is such an explosive rider to watch,” concluded Porra.
The track in Brisbane will be a sight to behold and is 30% bigger than any supercross track previously built in Australia. 7,500 tonnes of dirt will be shaped and molded into a highly technical track that spans over a kilometer in length to produce an average lap time of over 60 seconds.
The hugely successful Triple Challenge race format will feature in the finals of the Open and 250cc classes, which pits riders against each other in three, seven lap races (Open) and three, five lap races (250cc).
Three nail biting holeshots followed by such short and fast sprints will create action packed racing that leaves no room for error.
Great tickets to the final round of the Monster Energy Super X Championship in Brisbane are still available through www.superx.com.au.
Monster Energy Super X OPEN championship standings
2 Chad REED, Monster Energy Kawasaki, 132
3 Dan REARDON, Woodstock Honda Thor Racing, 118
1 Jay MARMONT, CDR Rockstar Yamaha, 114
4 Tye SIMMONDS, Motorex KTM, 108
5 Daniel McCOY, Pacific Ink Coastal KTM High Roller Energy Team, 94
6 Cody MACKIE, Cool Air Conditioning Kawasaki, 80
7 Cheyne BOYD, CDR Rockstar Yamaha, 77
8 Craig ANDERSON, Cool Air Conditioning Kawasaki, 69
9 Cameron TAYLOR, SP Motorsports Byrners Suzuki, 67
10 Troy CARROLL, Cool Air Conditioning Kawasaki, 66
Monster Energy Super X 250cc championship standings
1 Matt MOSS, Shift Motul Suzuki, 127
2 Kyle CUNNINGHAM, Yamaha, 97
3 Lawson BOPPING, Shift Motul Suzuki, 94
4 Ryan MARMONT, JDR Motorsports / MX Rad, 89
5 Brendan HARRISON, Titan Garages / North Star Yamaha, 79
6 Kirk GIBBS, Serco Yamaha, 71
7 Lewis WOODS, Red Devil Mobil Racing, 60
8 Adam MONEA, SP Motorsport / Byrners Suzuki, 58
9 Danny ANDERSON, Pacific Ink Coastal KTM High Roller Energy Team, 56
10 Taylor POTTER, Vision Motorsport, 44