Dirt Bike Rider has learned today that there are plans in place to bring Supercross to China as soon 2017. But we’re not talking about just one round!
We understand that the CMA (China Motocross Association) are in secret negotiations to help buy in ‘A’ list talent that will ultimately rival the huge Monster Energy series in the USA.
Teams and riders from both the AMA SX championship and MXGP are understood to have been approached, claimed multiple sources, who didn’t wanted to be named as the project is not ready to be made public.
It appears that the deal, which could be in hundreds of millions has the backing of wealthy businesses in China and a major rival to the well-known SX energy drink.
This isn’t the first time big business and sport in China has hit the headlines. During the European football transfer deadline in January numerous players were bought from top tier clubs across Europe including Chelsea FC.
If the Chinese authorities back the plan and with the huge audience potential, a Supercross series in China could well give the current world SX championship a big headache.
Which teams and riders could look to China? One source suggested that a championship winning team are seriously considering their options and the same source says that several British, French and American pilots are set to switch. In addition, two very high profile riders are ready to come out of retirement to give the new championship a push in its maiden year.
DBR reached out to the CMA for comment but they refused to comment on rumours and speculation.