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McDonald Jones Stadium revved up for Australian Supercross return

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In a major coup for the city, the FOX Australian Supercross Championship will return to Newcastle bigger and better in 2023.

The marquee event, the AUSX Triple Crown, kicks off the series at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday 11 November.

It comes off the back of a hugely-successful extravaganza last year, which took place in partnership with the NSW Government through Destination NSW and Venues NSW, supported by City of Newcastle (CN).

Almost 20,000 fans packed into the venue to see American Justin Brayton secure the SX1 crown, showcasing the popularity of the sport in the Hunter.

Local legend Craig Anderson, current AUSX rider Aaron Tanti, City of Newcastle councillor Peta Winney-Bartz and McDonald Jones Stadium venue manager Dean Mantle. Photo: Rod Thompson

Councillor Peta Winney-Baartz believes the return of the Australian Supercross Championship to Newcastle was testament to the community’s support for hosting major events in the city.

“Newcastle has become a powerhouse, attracting nationally and internationally-renowned acts,” she said.

“They not only entertain audiences across the city but increase tourism and deliver major economic benefits to the local community.

“The Newcastle Triple Crown allowed thousands and thousands of sports fans from across the region and beyond to experience the country’s best supercross riders in 2022.

“At the end of the day, it injected more than $3 million into the local economy, too.

“City of Newcastle is proud to have worked with Venues NSW through our strategic partnership to bring this high-octane event back to our city and we expect another huge turnout for the biggest Australian Supercross event of the year.”

McDonald Jones Stadium venue manager Dean Mantle admitted he was looking forward to the next edition of the Australian Supercross Championship.

“The AUSX Triple Crown will again be a unique event for Newcastle with a bespoke race format known as the ‘Championship within the Championship’,” he said.

“The concept delivers a hotly-contested event for both riders and teams that will draw fans to Newcastle for the first meeting of the season.

“If it’s anything like 2022, we’re in for another treat.”

With the addition of the new 85cc division and an expanded fan experience offering, the Australian Supercross Championship is expected to again draw large crowds to Newcastle from all corners of the country, come November.

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