The dates for the inaugural Super Motocross World Championship Playoff Final have changed to allow for a more compact schedule for the three-race Final.
Playoff Race 1 will still start on Saturday, September 9th at zMax Dragway, but Round 2 at Chicagoland Speedway has been rescheduled for September 16, with the series finale now taking place on September 23..
The move was made to accommodate the newly released Pac-12 Conference American Football schedule to avoid conflict with the USC Trojans’ home games played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The season finale was originally scheduled for October 14, which caused some concern among riders and teams due to the extended length of the season – from early January to mid-October. The new combined season includes 17 Supercross races and 11 Motocross series events, plus three playoff races, for a total of 31 events.
Two weeks after the conclusion of the 11-round Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season, which ends on August 26 with the Ironman Nationals in Crawfordsville, Indiana, the Super Motocross World Championship was originally held for several weeks between each round. The adjustment now creates a non-stop schedule that ends three weeks early. This will give riders extra time to train during the off-season.
Additionally, the added benefit of the playoff adjustment means the 31-race schedule now ends before the 2023 Monster Energy Motocross of Nations on October 22 in Herne, France.
Riders will qualify for Supermotocross by scoring points in both the Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross seasons. The total points will allow the top 20 riders to secure places in the three main playoff events. The remainder of the field will be determined by the Last Chance Qualifying Tournament each week.
Although he has yet to sign a motocross contract with any team and is therefore questioning his participation in the 2023 Super Motocross World Championship, Eli Tomac is quickly leading the championship standings with back-to-back wins in his first season at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. and last week in San Diego. Cooper Webb finished second in both races.
Supermotocross World Championship Playoffs and Final Revised Schedule:
- SuperMotocross Playoff 1 – ZMAX Dragway – September 9, 2023
- SuperMotocross Playoff 2 – Chicagoland Speedway – September 16, 2023
- SuperMotocross World Cup Final – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – September 23, 2023
As the sun sets on stage 7 of the Nitro Rallycross at the Trois-Rivieres GP3 Racecourse in Quebec, Swedish rider Oliver Eriksson outpaced Kevin Eriksson and compatriot Robin Larsson on a snowy finish.. It was the first win of his career, making him the eighth winner in series history.
“We found the details,” Oliver Ericsson told NBC Sports’ Katie Osbourne on Peacock.tv. “Yesterday we struggled to read the course – to read the starting line. We found out today.”
Oliver waited for the winter months to make his move. In the first four rounds, he failed to break through the top five. Finally, at the Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, Arizona last November – before the holiday break – he finished fourth in the first race and second in the final. However, the icy conditions played a decisive role and Oliver was only rivaled by his brother Kevin in a six lap race.
“I stayed in a rut,” Oliver continued. “Anyone can drive in the snow, but that’s how we deal with ruts [that makes a difference] and this time I managed to do it well.”
RESULTS: How they finished in the 7th round.
Finishing in the top five three times in a row, Oliver is fourth in the standings and is now within arm’s reach of second place.
Occupying eighth place in the standings, Kevin knew that his main task was not to lose points to his brother. He was the last driver on the field to complete a longer joker lap after it became apparent that he would return to second and secure Larsson.
But by finishing second, Larsson extended his lead, in no small part due to the fact that Andreas Bakkerud, who is second in the standings, could not finish. Bakkerud finished in seventh place after Travis Pastrana was disqualified from fifth place.
Bakkerud was out of contention on lap 3 when Pastrana swerved onto the race track after crashing into a mound of snow.
Fifth in the standings, Pastrana clung to the hope that he could dominate the final three rounds and catch up with Larsson. With his disqualification and last place, he is now more than 100 points behind the lead.
At Trois Rivières on Stage 7 of the Nitro Rallycross in Quebec, Pastrana had a great start to the race. In a sporting livery commemorating Ken Block’s late start, he led early in his run until contact with Oliver Eriksson cut a tire and sent him to the semi-finals.
“Perhaps we should have put in more effort,” Pastrana said over the radio immediately after the heat loss.
Oliver Eriksson clipped Pastrana’s left rear wheel as Pastrana tried to keep his rival behind him and force the Swedish rider to joke first.
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“When I braked, it was like a chainsaw behind me,” Pastrana described Oliver’s contact and studded winter tires. “[I was] just trying to keep inside – you can’t go wrong. Unfortunately, with the chainsaws behind you, they gouge the tires, so we went two and a half laps without the left rear wheel.”
Oliver described the incident in various ways.
“He went through the snow and got pretty wide, so I kept the inside line,” Oliver replies. “He got back in line and I gave him a little push.”
The biggest loser in round 7 was Chris Meek, who was the only driver out of nine cars to fail to make it into the race.
A poor start to the weekend sent him to the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) and a poor start sealed his fate. At the start, Miquet rushed hard into turn one, expecting the two drivers ahead of him to do the same. They didn’t, and Mick locked up his teammate Oliver Bennett to send both of them into a snowdrift-lined wall. He also put together leader Conner Martell who continued spinning after a 180 degree spin.
All three vehicles were damaged. The race was red flagged and when it became apparent that Mick could not return and the field was full, the race was not restarted, giving Martell and Bennett extra time to work on their cars before the feature.
“I didn’t get the best start,” Micke said. “The last corner as we get back to the track… everything was fluffy. I lost some traction, Connor was next to me. Ollie came over. Martell turned; Ollie was there. I had nowhere to go and it was a massacre. So yes, my weekend is over.”
Essentially: Mick discovers that three don’t go into one.
There are three rounds left in the 2022-2023 season, with Nitro Rallycross staying in Canada to compete at Stampede Park in Calgary, Alberta on February 4-5. After that, they will close out the season with a newly announced double header at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernadino, California in mid-March.