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Justin Brayton, Vince Friese named as MotoConcepts 450 World Supercross riders

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Justin Brighton and Vince Friese will race in the FIM Supercross (WSX) World Championship for MotoConcepts Racing Honda in the SX1 division, while Mitchell Oldenburg and Cole Seeley will race in the SX2 division. SX1 is the name of the 450 class of this series, while the 250 models will be referred to as SX1.

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In May, MotoConcepts was among the first four organizations to be licensed by SX Global as one of 10 franchisees for the first season.

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“I am very excited about the new opportunity that the World Supercross series provides,” said Mike Jenova, owner of MotoConcepts in a press release. “We are going strong with our driver line-up and we know that each of them is a contender for the title in their class.”

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After 14 seasons of racing in the Monster Energy Supercross series, Brighton announced his retirement earlier this year, enjoying his role as a senior statesman in the series. But the opportunity to compete for an international championship was enough to encourage him to put off his retirement and join his MotoConcepts team as they fight for the inaugural WSX SX1 championship.

Brighton became the oldest driver to win a Supercross race in March 2018 at the age of 34.

In 2022, he finished ninth in the Monster Energy 450 points standings.

“I’m very excited to be joining MCR for WSX. I think this is a great opportunity for teams and drivers to race Supercross around the world at a high level,” Brighton said. “I’ve been traveling the world in the fall months for years, racing only SXs, so this is something I’m familiar with and looking forward to.”

Friese, a veteran of nine seasons of the 450 SX, will also follow MotoConcepts on the international stage.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to participate in this new series,” Friese said. “Everything about WSX seems to indicate that this is the future of top-level racing, and being there for the first season, I think this is the best team in the series, is a dream come true.

“I plan to take full advantage of this opportunity to show that I can compete with the best on the world stage.”

In 2022, Friese split his time between the 250 West series, where he finished sixth in points, and the larger class. On weekends when the 250 West was not in competition, Friese competed in the 450 division and finished 20th in that classification.

Oldenburg also split his time between two series in 2022, finishing fourth in the 250 East and 22nd in the 450s. He won one podium in the 250 East division in St. Louis in a Triple Crown race.

Seeley returns from retirement to join the team. His last Supercross race came in the 450 class with sixth in Las Vegas in 2019.

“I am thrilled to be back to racing with a change from my normal routine and to travel the world,” Seeley said. “I never lost my competitive side and it was good to get back to the basics of the last few years and enjoy riding again. I still love to go fast on my bike off-road.”



Source: motorsports.nbcsports.com

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