The fledging 2022 FIM World Supercross Championship Series got a huge boost today, as Ken Roczen has “officially committed” to race the series, according to SX Global, promoters of the series.WSX got off to a slow start with no factory support. Second-tier teams were signed up for the series, with no top-shelf riders named for the races. Before Roczen, the biggest name in the series was Cole Seely, a former teammate of Roczen’s at Team Honda HR, who is coming out of retirement. Further, no dates or venues have been announced for the 2022 series, which is expected to run in October and November.
Attaching Roczen to the WSX Championship Series adds credibility to the results. Roczen likely won’t be riding with Team Honda HRC in the series, as he will be contracted to race for one of the teams that are licensed to compete. Seven of the 10 team slots have been announced, with MotoConcepts Honda, PMG Suzuki, BUD Kawasaki, GSM Yamaha, CDR Yamaha, Rick Ware Racing, and MDK Motorsports currently aboard.“The WSX is a unique opportunity to compete on a truly global scale, and I’m thrilled to be a part of that,” Roczen said. “I haven’t raced overseas in a very long time, so I’m looking forward to bringing supercross to die-hard fans at these international events in 2022, all while competing for an FIM-sanctioned world title. I’m thrilled for what will no doubt be an unbelievable experience and a fantastic springboard for a full assault on my 2023 Supercross and Motocross championship goals.”“Ken Roczen is an absolute superstar of supercross, recognized across the globe. To have him compete in our inaugural season as we usher in a new, global era of supercross is nothing short of incredible,” added SX Global Managing Director – Motorsport Adam Bailey. “Ken embodies all the qualities that make supercross athletes, the toughest and most inspirational athletes in the world. It’s only fitting that he becomes one of our marquee challengers for the 2022 FIM World Championship crown.”After the 2022 pilot season, which will have no more than four rounds, WSX gets up to full-throttle in 2023 with a series that will run from June to November with as many as 12 rounds.Action photography by Will Embree / SMX Pictures
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In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams takes the smallest BMW ADV bike on an urban adventure in Los Angeles. The BMW G 310 GS is a full size motorcycle with a modest engine, so of course we wonder if it is a little too underpowered and might struggle. Don put it through its paces and gives us his take.
In the second segment, Neale Bayly and Kiran Ridley have returned from the Ukraine to Paris where Kiran is based.
Kiran is an award winning photojournalist, and as an accomplished documentarian, he has covered stories as diverse as drug smuggling around the Mexican border, to the devastation of the Australian Bush Fires, to the tragedy of the Mediterranean migration crisis. Neale and Kiran reminisce about their motorcycle adventure in the Ukraine, and their observations and experiences with the incredibly resilient people of Ukraine, who have been put through such brutal hardship.