Skip to main content

King of the Whip 2023

king of the WHip

King of the Whip 2023 - SA's premier FMX event returns for another thrilling evening at Montecasino.

Following a successful and sold-out event at Montecasino last year, King of the Whip (KOTW) – brought to you by LW Mag, returns this November, and with it, an exciting list of partners that include Ford, Monster Energy, Yamaha, Garmin, GoPro, Motul and Estrella Cerveza. 

The adrenaline-fuelled Action Sports event is set to take place at Montecasino on Saturday, 25 November, where top Motocross and Freestyle Motocross athletes will battle head-to-head for a share of the prize purse and to see who will be crowned King of the Whip 2023.

Doors open at 2pm, with proceedings kicking off at 4pm, continuing into the evening with the final showdown under the night skies and flashes of pyrotechnics. Riders scoring enough points through the Best Whip qualifying rounds will advance to the semi-finals and finals. Judges will consider style, amplitude and variation when allocating scores. The FMX Best Trick contest will feature right-side-up and up-side-down trick categories.

The cash prize purse will be split between 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Best Whip contest and 1st place riders in the FMX Best Trick contests.

Three-time X-Games medallist Julien Vanstippen (Belgium) claimed the crown in 2022 ahead of South African riders - Freestyle Motocross star Dallan Goldman and National Motocross contender Jesse Wright. Julien Vanstippen has confirmed his attendance and will return in 2023 to defend his crown. Added to the international rider roster is Spanish FMX sensation Marc Pinyol, who will be travelling to South Africa for the first time and is ready to mix it up in both the Best Whip and Best Trick contests. 

King of the Whip organiser Ryan van der Spuy says, "Last year's event exceeded all expectations, and we're ready to bring the excitement back to Montecasino this November. Fans can expect an experience like none other as we bring this production to new heights. Our event partners play a huge role in making this possible, and we'd like to extend the biggest thank you to them. The countdown has officially begun. Bring on King of the Whip 2023." 

Whip (Noun):

 A manoeuvre is performed on a motorcycle, usually during a motocross or freestyle motocross contest, in which the rider brings the rear of the motorcycle abruptly around to either side. Performed while the machine is airborne off a jump. In extreme whips, the rear of the motorcycle will end up perpendicular to the direction of travel, and the motorcycle is laid flat. The purpose of the whip is to show off, alter the bike's trajectory in flight, and scrub speed over jumps.

Inviting everyone – families and friends- to witness this highly anticipated, action-packed event. Tickets are available for R150 (standing) and R250 (grandstand seating) at Food and beverages will be on sale at the event.

King of the Whip event details:

 Date: 25 November 2023

 Time: 2pm onwards

 Venue: Montecasino – Montecasino Boulevard (Cnr William Nicol and Witkoppen), Fourways, Johannesburg


Motor racing, Motocross, King of the Whip 2023

Subscribe to our newsletter