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9th August, 2018: 

Former Kiwi World Champion, Ben Townley is coming out of retirement to take on the world’s best Supercross riders, who will embark on Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium for the first-ever Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland on November 24.

Joining Townley on the first wave of rider announcements is World Number 5 and current Australian Supercross Champion Justin Brayton from the United States.

Tickets will be available via Ticketmaster from August 16th but fans are urged to sign up for the VIP Subscribers ticket pre-sale Database for the best chance at grabbing the ultimate seats before they’re available to the public.


For Townley, the chance to jump back on the bike and rip it up with the world’s best, in his own backyard, was something the Kiwi legend could not pass up.

"Having an event of this calibre coming to Auckland, you know Superstars coming to New Zealand to race Supercross it’s something that I’ve waited all my life to see so I can’t wait for November 24 and see Mt Smart Stadium full of clay and full of spectators, it’ll be an awesome atmosphere," Townley said.

"Mt Smart Stadium is an awesome venue, 25,000 seats and it’s a full-size field so we can put a full-size international Supercross track in there and it’s gonna be really cool to see for both riders and spectators which will create a fantastic atmosphere.

"I expect the place [Mt Smart Stadium] to be full, it’s a great venue there’s a massive motorcycling community in Auckland who will love to see an event like this. Supercross is a great spectacle, not only is it great racing it’s the whole show, there will be pyrotechnics and loads of things for the fans to get involved with during the day, meet-n-greet the riders, autograph sessions and it’s just going to be a really great atmosphere on November 24."

Brayton is pumped to be heading to Auckland and the current Australian Supercross Champion is heading to Mt Smart Stadium in top form after a career-best fifth place finish in the World Supercross Championship in 2018 which included his maiden World Supercross Main Event win in Atlanta.

"The Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland is gonna be amazing!" Brayton exclaimed.

"New Zealand has had some incredible riders, in particular Ben Townley who used to ride over in the States with us and is a champion of the sport. I used to watch him all the time and try and replicate his amazing style on the bike, and I think the Kiwi fans should be proud to call him one of their own, he's a global figure in Supercross and I respect him a lot on and off the track.

"I've never been to New Zealand before and its always been on my bucket list to visit so I'm super excited for it, the race is going to be incredible and yeah the Mt Smart Stadium look incredible, it's gonna be cool to haul a bunch of dirt onto the field and make a Supercross track in there and I hope to see you all there on November 24."

Supercross has been touted as one of the fastest growing and most extreme forms of motorsport on the planet. Athletes battle side-by-side, on 100 kg motorcycles,  soaring 40 feet into the air and aggressive bar-to-bar contact is a regular occurrence throughout the short, explosive racing formats. Riders are more like modern-day gladiators, fighting within millimetres of catastrophe at all times.

"Supercross is the most demanding sport on Earth. You’ve gotta be so precise, you’ve got to be super fit and your timing has to be really, really on point and it’s just gruelling, you heart rate’s at the best part of 190 bpm for 20 minutes at a time and keeping that precision and timing at that level is super hard so it’s a very, very demanding sport." Townley added.

S-X Open Auckland will feature pyrotechnics, live music and first-class concert like entertainment values, just a short drive from Auckland’s CBD at the world-class Mt Smart Stadium; with a pit party area accessible on the outside of the stadium for all motorsport fans to get up close and personal with their favourite teams and riders. It promises to be an amazing spectacle for all ages to enjoy.

Further announcements regarding the athlete lineup, an exciting new racing schedule and more are still to come. Signing up for the ticket pre-sale ensures first preference of ALL ticketing and seating for the 2018 Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland. For more information

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) will be supporting the event as part of Auckland’s Major Events Portfolio, which generates social and economic benefits for the region. 


The Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland event will be a stadium-based motor and action sports event combining some of the best riders in the world across both Supercross and Freestyle Motocross (FMX) international competitions and both disciplines in the one event. It will be one of the largest competitive action sports and Supercross event in the Southern Hemisphere and the biggest ever held in New Zealand.

Created by the founders of the popular AUS-X Open event in Sydney, S-X Open Auckland will bring motorsport fans more extreme action than ever seen in the city before, including home-grown talent.

BEN TOWNLEY, 33, Taupo

●      For the first time ever, New Zealand Motocross rider Ben Townley will come out of retirement and compete on home soil in the S-X Open Auckland. The multiple National and World Championship winner retired in 2015 but is back to compete against the world’s best.

●      Past Achievements: 2004 MX2 World Championship (250), 2007 Supercross Lites East Champion.


  • Justin Brayton will remember the 2018 Monster Energy World Supercross Championship forever. On March 10th in Daytona, Brayton became the oldest racer in history to score a 450SX World Supercross Main Event victory. It was a great season for Justin overall as he was able to also win a Triple Crown Main Event in Atlanta and would finish the 2018 season with six top five finishes and 5th overall in the World Supercross Championship. To highlight his remarkable season, Brayton also signed a two-year extension with SmarTop/MotoConcepts Racing Honda. He has achieved considerable success competing in specialty events in Europe and is the three-time reigning Australian Supercross Champion

●      Past Achievements: 7 career Monster Energy World Supercross podiums (450SX Class), 121 career starts, 26 career top-fives, 3 career 250SX Class podiums


  • The S-X Open Auckland will feature the very best international athletes as well as New Zealand and Australia’s best for the first time ever in New Zealand.
  • The S-X Open International Supercross FIM Oceania Championship will be the most unique international Supercross Championship outside of the USA, and will be sanctioned by FIM Oceania - a region of the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme, the world governing body of motorcycle racing.
  • S-X Open International Supercross FIM Oceania Championship will include the opening round, the AUS-X Open Sydney at Qudos Bank Arena on November 10, and the final round the S-X Open Auckland at Mt Smart Stadium on November 24, with the Champion being crowned in Auckland.
  • All new Triple Crown race format in both SX1 & SX2 classes will mean non-stop, high intensity action that will have fans on the edge of their seats, for the entire duration of the event.
  • FMX riders will contest the FMX 'Best Trick' competition with previous winners throwing down such tricks as Double Backflips, Bikeflips and Frontflips with fans in absolute awe of what these guys can do with their motorcycles. 
  • 45% were from outside of NSW or from overseas and flew in excess of one hour by plane to attend the 2017 AUS-X Open Sydney event. It truly captures a national and international audience and is so unique, fans travel far and wide to attend every year
  • Broadcast LIVE in Asia, Australia and New Zealand and replayed in the USA and Europe to over 300 million households in 2017
  • Supercross is a newer, faster, action-packed version of motocross, the sport's original form. Whereas motocross takes place on long courses built primarily on the dirt and terrain offered up by nature, Supercross races are made from dirt hauled into stadiums with bigger jumps, massive banking turns, ruts and bumps as amplifying the experience for both rider and spectator.
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