The final “important” offseason Supercross race of the year, the 2016 Geneva SX, is set to run this weekend at the Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland. Held near the famous European epicenter for banking and government, the long-running race brings some of the sport’s top riders based in the United States to opposite side of the world for two nights of racing against competitors in the French SX championship series. We’ve made the trip a few times in the past and are excited to say that we’ll be back on a plane later this week to watch the action. As great as the bar-to-bar battles will be on the tight track, we’ve got our eye on a few other storylines that’ll play out over the weekend.
– Does Marvin Musquin’s hot streak continue? The Red Bull KTM rider has been exceptional at this year’s offseason races and as a former “King of Geneva,” he’s definitely a favorite for the overall winner.
– Justin Brayton has always done exceptionally well at this race and is fresh off a championship run in Australia. Now aboard a Honda CRF450R and prepping for the American series, it’ll be interesting to hear what exactly is in the works for 2017.
– Malcolm Stewart has lined up for all of the major European SX races over the last few weeks aboard a Honda CRF450R with parts on loan from the GEICO Honda team. Right after we returned from Paris-Lille a few weeks back, Malcolm and brother James both turned laps on Yamaha bikes at their private track in Florida during an invitation-only ride day. So will Malcolm be on blue or red? Is he any closer to a contract for 2017?
– Justin Barcia raced Paris-Lille aboard a mostly stock Suzuki RM-Z450, but the JGRMX team has spent the time since perfecting their new machine for 2017. How much different will this yellow bike be from the one a few weeks ago is yet to be seen.
– After a few years in the United States with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki, Arnaud Tonus has returned to Europe for a contract with the Wilvo/Yamaha MXGP team. This will be his debut race on the YZ45oF and it comes in front of his home crowd.
– Valentin Guillod will also debut his new bike, an Assomotor Honda CRF450R, in front of his fellow Swiss citizens.
– Kyle Chisholm is on the entry list and the American racer is always a contender for a spot near the front of the pack.
– Although Geneva and Paris-Lille are incredibly popular events, they are just two rounds of the French SX championship tour. The SX1 and SX2 championship battles are exceptional with riders like Fabien Izord, Cedric Soubeyras, Valentin Teillet, Thomas Do, Florent Richier, Yannis Irsuti, and Brian Hsu.
2016 Geneva SX
December 2nd & 3rd, 2016