The FOX Australian Supercross Championship have launched a new Privateer Support Program, proudly supported by MXstore.
The Privateer Support Program for the 2023 ASX, has been created with the aim to better support, profile and financially reward privateer riders.
Forming part of the championship’s three-year growth strategy, the Privateer Support Program delivers incentives to privateers including MXstore’s Privateer Payout. With $1000.00 up for grabs for the highest-placed privateer in each category (SX1, SX2 & SX3) and a change to the prize money structure (SX1 & SX2) with money paid down to 20th place. The increased prize pool will deliver more financial recognition and opportunities for these riders.
Additionally, other key initiatives of the Privateer Support Program include content and social support, rider profiling, presence in main pit areas, fan activities at events, as well as racewear and apparel discounts.
Championship Director, Kelly Bailey, noted the wider strategic goal of “getting more riders in gates” at all levels to help deliver sustainable growth for supercross in Australia, together with privateer and industry feedback, prompting the new program.
“We are committed to building a community around Australian Supercross – that means recognising and supporting the privateers who aspire to reach professional careers or are simply racing as they love the sport but pursue these dreams independently,” said Bailey.
“The Privateer Support Program, together with the reintroduction of 85cc racing, are steps forward and align with our on-going commitment to nurture the next generation of talent in Australia.
“We appreciate privateer racing will continue to be a costly exercise but hope the program can provide some financial relief, more incentives and profiling, and a strong sense of industry support.
“We also thank MXstore for their support of the program and constant efforts to back supercross in Australia from grassroots to the professional level.”
MXstore’s Mark Briggs also affirmed the online moto retailer’s three-year commitment to Australian Supercross’ Privateer Program, notably funding the Privateer Payout, which aligns with their own core principles to help grow the sport.
“MXstore is proud to be a partner of Australian Supercross and are thrilled to be backing the Australian Supercross Privateer Incentive Program,” said Briggs.
“Privateers play such a crucial role in our sport, and we can’t to see more of them lining up on the gate at Round One in Adelaide”.
Who is a privateer?
A privateer rider is defined as someone who is not part of an official manufacturer or manufacturers’ Satellite team, or receiving any financial payment or reimbursement, other than result bonuses. Additionally, the rider must not have finished in the top three in the SX1 or SX2 AUSX Championship in the last three years.