2019 MONSTER ENERGY AUS-X OPEN MELBOURNE EVENT OVERVIEW
THE WORLD’S BEST SUPERCROSS AND FREESTYLE MOTOCROSS ACTION, UNDER THE ONE ROOF!
For the first time ever, in an incredible coup for sports fans, the AUS-X Open is set to run under the roof of the iconic Marvel Stadium, in what will be the largest international Supercross and action sports event ever held outside of the USA.
The Monster Energy AUS-X Open Melbourne promises to be the biggest off-road motorcycle racing and action sports event in Australian history, as the world’s best go head to head in Supercross racing and Freestyle Motocross, combined with Celebrity and Junior races, live music and performances, pyrotechnics and non-stop entertainment for all ages, providing incredible value for money on November 30.
This year will be the first time ever, an international Supercross event of this scale and magnitude will be held in Melbourne, featuring the world’s best riders going head-to-head on a world championship sized Supercross track.
It will also be an engineering feat, arguably unmatched by any Supercross event in the world and certainly one of the most challenging in Australian history, as supports imported and constructed in the lower level carpark, prepare to handle the immense pressure of up to 6,000 tonnes of dirt, machinery and infrastructure, all positioned in the centre of Australia’s largest indoor stadium.
Don’t miss the best international lineup ever in Australian history with two-time World Champion Chad Reed, 2018 World Champion Jason Anderson, World number 6 Dean Wilson, World number 8 Joey Savatgy as well as defending three-time Australian Supercross Champion and World number 10 Justin Brayton all lining up to chase the coveted AUS-X Open Crown.
Witness the world’s best in Freestyle Motocross and Best Whip including the Greatest Of All Time Ricky Carmichael, Blake ‘Bilko’ Williams, Harry Bink and Cam Sinclair inside Marvel Stadium on November 30.
Outside the Marvel Stadium, fans will be treated to live music, stunning pyrotechnics, amazing entertainment and fun for all ages in the Monster Energy Pit Party, where ALL ticket holders will be able to get up close and personal with their favourite riders and access the international Supercross & FMX riders’ Autograph signings.
Chad Reed is undeniably Australia’s most successful supercross rider, and it wouldn’t be far fetched to say that he’s one of Australia’s greatest motorcycle riders, period. At 37-years-old Reed is entering uncharted territory, as he’s shattering world records for main event starts and top ten finishes, as his career at a World Championship level is now incredibly spanning close to twenty years. The Australian also sits fourth in the all time supercross wins list, with 44 to his name. For 2019, Reed will return to Australia and look to defend his Monster Energy FIM Oceania crown, as well as take out the Monster Energy AUS-X Open for a third time.
To be considered as the GOAT in any sporting category, you must’ve accomplished something significant. Ricky Carmichael is known as the GOAT within the world of dirt bike racing due to the fact that he collected a staggering 13 premier 450cc Championships, with 5 of them being Monster Energy World Supercross Championships and seven in the great outdoors of American Motocross.
Carmichael is not only known for his championships, but was an individual who changed supercross in terms of professionalism, and how hard athletes train within the sport. Carmichael underwent a training routine and program that at the time (’01) no rider had even fathomed, and the work paid dividends when the young Factory Kawasaki rider dethroned the seven time World Supercross Champion – the man known as The King of supercross – Jeremy McGrath.
Becoming the top dog from ’01 onwards, RC now had a target on his back, and his winning ways combined with his outspoken personality, the competition were fiercely determined to take him down. Despite this, he dismissed onslaughts from the likes of Vullimen, Pastrana, Windham, Lusk, Reed and James Stewart. Having kept these guys at bay whilst also winning every championship he lined up for is why RC is considered The Greatest Of All Time.
It would seem as though Jason Anderson competes in the wrong era of supercross, with his laid back, relaxed demeanor more suited to that of the 90’s caliber of Southern California riders, where supercross was about competing on weekends, then hanging out and surfing with your competition during the week. However, when the helmet is on and the gate drops, Anderson becomes a totally different person, with aggression and a take-no-prisoners style his patented MO. Anderson emphatically yet methodically claimed the 2018 Monster Energy World Supercross Championship, as well as being a two-time Monster Energy AUS-X Open winner.
Justin Brayton falls into the category of series veteran, being the second oldest rider in the World Supercross Championship behind Chad Reed. In 2018, Brayton became the oldest World Supercross main event winner at the coveted Daytona Supercross round. For the last decade, Brayton has been a staple figure finishing within the top ten of World Championship standings, with his best overall result coming in 2018 at P5. To add to his tally, Brayton is also a three time Australian Supercross Champion, capturing the crown over three consecutive years in ’16, ’17 and ’18. Despite the championships, Brayton has yet been able to capture and AUS-X Open crown, which is what he’ll be after in 2019.
Everyone loves an underdog, and entering his pro career Joey Savatgy was just that. Although he achieved a good haul of Loretta Lynn’s amateur national championships, the big factories overlooked Savatgy as they opted for touted youngsters such as Zach Bell and Jeremy Martin. Fortunately, Savatgy landed a ride with the now defunct JDR Motorsports KTM Team, and hit the ground running with some impressive results improving his stock for years to come. As of now, Savatgy rides for the Monster Energy Kawasaki Team, and will make his first trip down to Australia as a professional fresh off a stellar rookie season in the World Supercross Championship, finishing 8th.
Supercross Terminology Guide
SX1: The SX1 class is the premier class of supercross, where riders are equipped with 450 four-stroke machinery to battle for the SX1 Supercross Championship.
SX2: The SX2 class is described as the ‘stepping stone’ towards the SX1 class, where riders prove themselves in order to gain an SX1 factory ride. Riders race either 250 two or four-stroke machinery, chasing the SX2 Championship.
Stack: Though many words are used, the most frequent term for a rider falling off of their motorcycle is a stack.
Block Pass: A block pass is a manoeuvre used in a supercross corner to effectively block your opponent in order to make a pass on them.
Take Out: A take out manoeuvre is when a rider gets taken out of race contention due to another rider.
Whoops: Whoops are a series of consecutive, same-sized bumps on a supercross track that are generally separated by no more than two metres. Whoops, are widely considered as supercross’ most difficult obstacle.
Rhythm Section: A rhythm section is an integral piece to a supercross track, providing extreme technicality with multiple combinations that vary in difficulty. Rhythm sections draw their name from the various different rhythms in which the section can be completed – the fastest generally being the most difficult.
Holeshot: A holeshot goes to the rider who completes the first turn in the lead following the start of a race.
Quad: A quad is a jump that consists of four singular obstacles of which riders jump in one leap.
Triple: A triple is a jump that consists of three singular obstacles, where the fastest is to jump in one leap.
Double: A double is a jump that consists of two singular obstacles of which riders jump in one leap.
Table Top: A table top is a jump that can be jumped in one leap or landed on top of, as table tops are completely filled in with a solid top.
Case: A case is when a rider does not get the desired distance to clear an obstacle and as a result, fails to reach the down ramp as intended.
Over jump: An over jump is the opposite of a case. The rider miscalculates the speed required for an obstacle and approaches the up ramp too fast and in turn, overshoots the down ramp.
Up Ramp: The up ramp is the take-off point for riders where they commit to an obstacle. Riders must judge their speed correctly along with their body position in order to complete the obstacles successfully. Up ramps are quite complex, with the trajectory varying on each different up ramp.
Down Ramp: A down ramp is where a rider desires to land their motorcycle following the take off from the up ramp. The down ramp is the safest, smoothest and fastest way to land an obstacle.
Kicker: A kicker is the result of multiple motorcycles riding the same up ramp over a period of time. Being built with dirt, an up ramp is prone to breaking down and developing holes over a lengthy period of time. Kickers gained their name as they kick the motorcycle in an unintended way off of the up ramp, which translates across the entirety of the jump.
Berm: A berm is the intentional build up of dirt around the outside of a corner. Riders gravitate to this built up dirt as it allows them to carry more speed around corners. It is much easier to carry momentum around a berm rather than a flat turn.
Sweeper: A sweeper turn is a corner that generally consists of no berm, and is quite lengthy and wide. Sweepers are tricky, as they generally don’t have anything (berm or rut) to provide the motorcycle with traction.
Rut: A rut is a deeper-than-track level groove in the ground that is a tyre width wide, and is the result of multiple motorcycles using the same piece of track frequently. Ruts generally start at the beginning of a corner and end once the corner finishes. Depending on the density of the dirt is a major factor as to how many ruts are present.
Whip: Whipping a motorcycle is when a rider jumps an obstacle and instead of keeping the entire motorcycle in line with the direction of the jump, they’ll have the motorcycle’s rear end come out to the right or left as far as desired. The rear end must be brought back to straight prior to landing. A whip generally symbolises celebration.
Scrub: A scrub is a new school move developed and introduced by James Stewart. A scrub draws its name from scrubbing speed off the up ramp of a jump in order to spend less time in the air. The less time spent in the air means the rider reaches the ground faster, and in turn gains time. Once in the air, a scrub looks like a whip with the motorcycles rear end generally turned 90 degrees to the jumps face.
DNF: DNF is an abbreviation of the term ‘Did Not Finish’, signifying the rider did not finish the race. A DNF is worth zero points.
DNS: A DNS is an abbreviation of the term ‘Did Not Start’, signifying a rider did not start the race. This is predominantly due to a mechanical failure prior to the commencement of the race. A DNS is worth zero points.
Seat Bounce: A seat bounce is a technique where a rider will sit down on the seat for the entirety of an up ramp, opposed to the more common standing technique. Riders will do this to gain further height and distance for a jump as the rear suspension compresses further.
Pre-Load: A pre-load has a similar effect to the seat bounce; however, is not as advanced or effective. A pre-load is where a rider approaches an up ramp standing up, and pushes their weight into the motorcycles pegs to compress the suspension. This is performed to gain further height and distance for the obstacle.
Yellow Light: A yellow light represents an incident that has happened on the track in a particular section. Whilst a yellow light is on, riders must slow down so that the rider(s) involved in the incident are not in danger of other motorcycles racing past at full pace. Riders should not jump, pass or display quick pace whilst a yellow light is on.
Red Light: A red light signifies the prompt ending of a race. A red light generally means that the track is no longer safe for riders to be racing on and that something happening on track needs to be safe before the recommencement of the race.
Blue Light: A blue light is shown to riders who are no longer on the lead lap whilst being passed by riders who are on the lead lap. The rider being passed must slow down and move out of the way, so the rider on the lead lap doesn’t get held up and can pass.
Heat Race: The heat races are the preliminary races prior to the main event. Riders who placed within the specified positions of the heat race head straight to the main event while the other riders get another chance in either the semis or LCQ.
Semi: The semi-finals are the second preliminary races following the heat races. Riders who finish in the specified positions head to the main event, whilst the others get one more chance in the LCQ.
LCQ: The LCQ is an abbreviation for ‘Last Chance Qualifier’. In which riders who did not make the main event via the heat or semi races will have another shot at an entry to the main event. In the LCQ, fewer positions are vacant for the main event, and usually, only two to four riders transferred to the main.
Main Event: The main event is the business end of the racing; the only race where championship points are handed out. All qualifiers lead to this race, with first, second and third making their way to the podium after the conclusion of the race.
Roost: Roost is the dirt flicked up by a motorcycles rear wheel.
Tuff Blocks: Tuff blocks are the signage rectangles that mark out the track.
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