The SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda team has introduced its roster for the all-new FIM World Supercross Championship (WSX)—and it has some stunning news. Not only will Justin Brayton return to the crew for the WSX along with of Vince Friese (SX1/450cc) and Mitchell Oldenburg (SX2/250cc), but former Honda HRC rider Cole Seeley, who retired from qualified racing in August 2019, will appear out of retirement to race the SX2/250cc division as #200. Seely was rumored to be joining the group and posted videos of him tests an MCR group bicycle to Instagram, but now the news is official. While there are six of the ten distinctive groups announced for the FIM Entire world Supercross Championship, the SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda group is the initially crew to formally affirm its roster. Down below is the complete press launch from SX Global and MotoConcepts.
MotoConcepts Racing Honda Unveils Rider Lineup for FIM Environment Supercross Championship
Seely Emerges from Retirement to Join Brayton, Friese & Oldenburg for Global FIM Championship Series’ Pilot Season
Spokane, Wash. – MotoConcepts Racing Honda is excited to announce its acquisition of a group license for the FIM Globe Supercross Championship (WSX) and its lineup of riders for the freshly fashioned collection. MCR’s determination to contend for wins is reflected in the 4-rider lineup: Justin Brayton and Vince Friese, competing aboard Honda CRF450R bikes in the SX1 division, and Mitchell Oldenburg and Cole Seely getting on the SX2 division with Honda CRF250R bikes when the pilot season starts later this calendar year.
MCR believes the design offered by SX World, which supports new business alternatives, handles logistics for the tour, and consists of the distribution of $50 million to competing groups about the next 5 a long time, will boost the profile of Supercross and its stars to a throughout the world viewers.
“I’m psyched for the new prospect the Planet Supercross collection supplies,” claimed Mike Genova, proprietor of MotoConcepts. “We are likely in sturdy with our rider lineup and know that each individual a person of them is a title contender in their class.”
“WSX is an critical and interesting chance for MCR in a lot of strategies! We now have a world platform to work from and, as 1 of the 10 constitution teams, are a top team that is capable of successful races and championships. This undertaking is nothing limited of a desire occur true for me, workforce owner Mike Genova, and our whole crew,” explained Tony Alessi, Staff Supervisor of MCR. “Preparation will start out with our yearly group summit during the second 7 days of July in Priest Lake, Idaho, and we will then transfer to Southern California for a 6-7 days summer time boot camp.
Justin Brayton is fired up to commence a new chapter of his job in common environment. Though the completed racer and father of three has stepped again from comprehensive-time levels of competition in the AMA SX series, the option to compete on a globe phase prompted his participation. Brayton’s practical experience at the highest stage of the sport, domestically and internationally, will be place to the test in his pursuit of the SX1 title. “I am really energized to be signing up for MCR for WSX. I believe this is a terrific opportunity for teams and riders to race Supercross all over the environment at a superior amount,” claimed Brayton. “I have been touring the globe in the fall months racing SX-only for decades now, so it can be something I’m common with and am hunting ahead to!”
Vince Friese has put in considerably of his vocation with MCR and contributed significantly to the group’s success, like his participation in an ground breaking break up software that yielded 250 Course podiums and 450 Course top-10 finishes in 2022. An superb starter who is decided to get the finest end result doable, Friese need to flourish and be a entrance-runner in the SX1 division. “I am genuinely psyched for the chance to compete in this new sequence. Almost everything about the WSX would seem to stage toward it remaining the long run of racing at the greatest amount, and to be there for the to start with season on what I imagine is the most effective crew in the collection is a desire appear true,” stated Friese. “I strategy to get whole benefit of this prospect to demonstrate that I can compete with the greatest on the entire world phase!”
Mitchell Oldenburg‘s transfer to MCR was a worthwhile conclusion for all associated, as the rider’s on-track expertise, consistent enhancement, and willingness to do the job with the group towards a common goal in 2022 proved they get to their comprehensive potential jointly. With Oldenburg’s experience in the little-bore course and the team’s demonstrated equipment, the intention is for race wins and the SX2 championship. “I’m searching ahead to continuing my partnership with MotoConcepts in this new enterprise of WSX,” Oldenburg discussed. “It is really an incredible opportunity to be in a position to journey the earth and do what I like as part of a group that is fully commited to achievement.”
The chance of racing WSX aboard a highly effective bike was sufficient to coax Cole Seely out of retirement, and the competent rider will be part of MCR as section of the thrilling growth. A former manufacturing unit racer with numerous Key Event wins to his report, Seely is anticipated to be a drive in the SX2 class and is hopeful to conclude the year with the selection one plate. “I’m stoked to occur again to racing with a switch-up in the regular routine and journey the planet. I hardly ever missing my competitive side, and it was good to get again to the principles the past few years and discover the pleasurable in driving yet again. I nevertheless like to go quickly on my dust bicycle,” Seely shared. “Mike and Tony have presented me a fantastic opportunity to do this right, on the very best machines I could inquire for, and I am quite grateful for that. I am also hunting ahead to working quantity 200, as it was picked out by Troy Lee the first 12 months that I raced for him!”
The FIM Earth Supercross Championship will per year acquire position in the 2nd 50 % of the 12 months, like up to 4 situations in 2022, from early Oct by November. This year will serve as a “pilot” season, permitting the championship to establish by itself and develop momentum heading into the future. The FIM World Supercross Championship will keep on to develop per year involving June and November, with up to twelve functions in 2023.
Photographs courtesy of SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda/SX World wide