The 2023 FIM World Supercross Championship concluded at Marvel Stadium last night with a spectacular finale that saw Ken Roczen go back-to-back securing the 2023 WSX World Championship, while Max Anstie emerged victorious in the 250 class, claiming the 2023 SX2 World Championship.
After the opening rounds in Birmingham and Abu Dhabi, Australia’s sporting capital Melbourne delivered a bumper crowd for the grand finale with close to 45,000 supercross fans turning out over the two-day event.
With 19 points separating the top four, the WSX championship was for the taking, with a bevvy of riders putting in series-best performances at Marvel Stadium.
Mitchell Oldenburg, Frenchman Gregory Aranda and Colt Nichols all had strong showings but the night was dominated by defending Champion Ken Roczen, and current championship leader Joey Savatgy, with newly minted Australian Supercross Champion Dean Wilson and Vince Friese also persistently in the mix.
Ultimately Roczen’s starts, speed through the whoops, and ability to negotiate a pack were the difference in going 1-1-3 and securing points from all three races to lock in his second, back-to-back, WSX World Championship title. Savatgy placed second, while Wilson secured a third in the overall WSX championship title.
The first of the SX2 finals saw the Brit Max Anstie assert early dominance, navigating the set of challenging whoops to take control of the pack. Reigning SX2 champion, Shane McElrath’s night came undone when a tough block lodged in his rear wheel resulting in a DNF upsetting his title chances. Anstie surged forward securing the victory, with Luke Clout’s strong showing earning him a commendable second place while American Carson Mumford rounded out the podium.
In the second, Anstie catapulted out of the gates and didn’t look back claiming a decisive victory over Candian Cole Thompson and Mcelrath in third, clinching the SX2 Championship with a race to spare.
With no pressure in the final race, Anstie resumed his dominance, while Thompson settled into second, and the in-form Clout third.
Anstie remained unchallenged, stretching his lead, and rounding out a victorious night while officially pencilling his name on the 2023 SX2 World Champion Trophy.