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Your quick guide to the most epic weeknd of Supercross racing in 2018 and the riders that are coming our way to take on the Aussie crew! 

WHEN: NOVEMBER FRIDAY 9 – SATURDAY 10

WHERE: QUDOS BANK ARENA SYDNEY

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MONSTER ENERGY AUS-X OPEN SYDNEY TOP 10 MOMENTS

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WHO’S VISITING TO TAKE THE CROWN?

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RYAN VILLOPOTO

RYAN VILLOPOTO – YAMAHA

“When I heard about the new Triple Crown format, I was stoked. For me, I think three rounds of ten laps will work to my advantage. The fans get to see us three times on the track and they get three gate drops, which I think is a huge deal. It was my first time down under in 2016, but this time heading to Sydney, I’m more prepared. It’s going to be fun to get back to Qudos Bank Arena. The fans and the atmosphere is like no other event in the world, and I can’t wait to be a part of it this November 10.”

  • 2012 – 1st AMA Supercross
  • 2011 – 1st Monster Energy Cup
  • 2011 – 1st Motocross of Nations
  • 2011 – 1st AMA Motocross
  • 2011 – 1st AMA Supercross
  • 2008 – 1st Motocross of Nations
  • 2008 – 1st 250 Motocross
  • 2007 – 1st Motocross of Nations
  • 2007 – 1st 250 Motocross
  • 2007 – 1st Supercross Lites West
  • 2006 – 1st Motocross of Nations
  • 2006 – AMA Supercross/Motocross Rookie of the Year
  • 2006 – 1st 250 Motocross
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JASON ANDERSON

JASON ANDERSON – ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA

“To be the first current world supercross champion heading to Sydney for the AUS-X Open is cool and I’m looking forward to it, it’s going to be a great time. Hopefully I head home with the AUS-X crown again this year, and have an epic battle with the main guys Down Under, especially Chad Reed. To beat Reedy on his home soil is gonna be tough, I’m going to need really good starts and race hard to make sure I keep in front of him in Sydney.”

  • Turned Pro: 2011
  • 2017 AUS- X Open champion
  • 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross and FIM World Champion
  • 2014 250SX Western Regional Champion
  • Member of Team USA during runner-up finish at 2016 Motocross of Nations
  • 2007 AMA Youth Motocrosser of the Year
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CHAD REED

CHAD REED – JGR SUZUKI? (to be confirmed)

“Last year sucked being injured and literally being a spectator. I think getting the Aus-X Open championship back would be nice. Jason is coming back possibly in the best shape of his life in that he’s fresh off an AMA Supercross World Supercross championship, but of course it’s Oz and I’m ready to throw-down and I think I got something for him.”

  • Turned Pro: 1998 in Australia / Made U.S. debut in 2002
  • Best Career Season Result: 2-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion (2004 & 2008)
  • 2-time Monster Energy Supercross FIM World Champion (2004 & 2008)
  • One of just three international champions in supercross history
  • The only international rider in supercross history to win 450SX and 250SX titles
  • Has the most podium finishes in supercross history at 131 (450SX Class)
  • 44 career 450SX Class wins, placing him fourth all time
  • Has the most starts of any active rider, 219, and the third most in supercross history
  • Competed in his 17th season of full-time supercross competition in 2017, tying him for the second-longest career in the history of the sport
  • 2002 250SX Eastern Regional Champion
  • Oldest full-time competitor in the sport at the age of 35
  • The only rider in the history of the sport to own his own team and win a Main Event
  • Second-oldest rider to claim a supercross win at the age of 32 (Atlanta on February 21, 2015) and a supercross podium at the age of 34 (Phoenix on January 28, 2017)
  • Has competed against five former Monster Energy Supercross Champions, defeating all of them
  • Named a Member of the Order of Australia in 2011 for his contributions as an Australian athlete
  • An X Games medallist, earning bronze in Supermoto in 2005
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JUSTIN BARCIA

JUSTIN BARCIA – MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA FACTORY

“It’d be insane to go up against CR (Chad Reed) at AUS-X, be faster than him and to hopefully beat him on home soil. I know the Australian talent that always comes over to the US are super quick so I’m pumped to see how they compete in their own backyard. I believe my aggressive racing style is best suited to the tight indoor track, and I think come November I’ll be ready to battle to the top step of the podium at this year’s AUS-X Open.”

  • Turned Pro: 2009
  • Best Career Season Result: 4th place in 2013
  • 2 career Monster Energy Supercross wins (450SX Class)
  • 9 career Monster Energy Supercross podiums (450SX Class)
  • 2013 Monster Energy Supercross Rookie of the Year
  • 2012 Monster Energy Cup Champion
  • Back-to-back Eastern Regional 250SX Class Champion in 2011 & 2012
  • 11 career 250SX Class wins
  • 4-time member of Team USA at the Motocross of Nations
  • Named King of Bercy as overall winner of the 2013 Bercy Supercross in France
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JUSTIN BRAYTON

JUSTIN BRAYTON – PENRITE HONDA

“The AUS-X Open is one of the greatest events outside of the US, and having been so close to winning it before, I’m determined to come back faster and ready to win in November.”

  • Turned Pro: 2002
  • Winner of the 2018 Daytona Supercross becoming the oldest SX winner ever
  • Twice Australian Supercross champion
  • 7 career 450SX Monster Energy Supercross podiums
  • 121 career starts, 26 career top-fives
  • 3 career 250SX Class podiums

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2018 MONSTER ENERGY AUS-X OPEN SCHEDULE

Friday November 9

  • 3:00pm – Pit Party Commences
  • 3:30pm – Autograph Signing (Pit Party)
  • 5:45pm – Ultimate VIP Track Walk and Exclusive Autograph Signing
  • 6:00pm – Doors open to Public
  • 7:00pm – Friday Night On-Track Action Commences & Includes
  • Junior 85cc – Heats and Final (Australian Junior Supercross Championship)
  • Junior Lites – Heats and Final (Australian Junior Supercross Championship)
  • SX2 Unseeded riders Practice
  • SX1 Unseeded riders Practice
  • SX2 Seeded and International riders Practice
  • SX1 Seeded and International riders Practice
  • SX2 Unseeded riders Qualifying Session 1
  • SX2 Seeded and International riders Qualifying Session 1
  • SX1 Unseeded riders Qualifying Session 1
  • SX1 Seeded and International riders Qualifying Session 1
  • SX2 Elimination Qualifying Race
  • SX1 Elimination Qualifying Race
  • 2-Stroke Cup – Two Heats

Saturday November 10

  • 12:00pm – Pit Party Commences
  • 1:00pm – Autograph Signing (Pit Party)
  • 3:00pm – Ultimate VIP & VIP Entry Opens and Ultimate VIP & VIP Only-Program Commences
  • SX2 Championship Qualifying Sessions 2
  • SX1 Championship Qualifying Sessions 2
  • FMX Free Practice
  • 2-Stroke Cup Practice
  • 5:00pm – Doors open to Public
  • 6:00pm – 2018 Monster Energy AUS-X Open Sydney – Saturday Event Commences & Includes
  • SX1 Heat Races
  • SX2 Heat Races
  • SX1 LCQ Race
  • SX2 LCQ Race
  • SX1 SuperPole
  • Best Whip Contest
  • Best-Trick Freestyle Motocross
  • 2-Stroke Cup Final
  • SX2 – 3xTriple Crown Main Event Finals
  • SX1 – 3xTriple Crown Main Event Finals

*More Races & special announcements still to come

*Schedule current at time of release and subject to change. Sessions and Races are listed and not in any specific order in schedule above.

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