Motocross

GP shuffle!

GP shuffle!

FIM calendar shuffle prompts new date for British Grand Prix A reshuffle of the FIM world MX championship calendar has resulted in the British GP – originally scheduled for Matterley Basin on June 10/11 – being moved back a week to June 17/18.
The move comes after the Bulgarian GP was confirmed for June 3/4 which would have forced the GP circus to travel from Eastern Europe to Britain and then back to Italy for the round at Montevarchi in the space of a fortnight. Obviously this threw up a logistical – and expensive – nightmare for teams.
Despite the huge amount of pre-event publicity that has already gone out giving the original date, event co-ordinator Steve Dixon is staying positive.
“We are full steam ahead with the plans for the grand prix and the date change was not too much hassle at all,” says Steve who went online to consult MX fans before agreeing to the switch. “We’re getting good publicity in the Winchester area which is very important and it’s been well received in the national MX media as well.”
The date switch initially threw up a clash with the BYMX championship at Pontrilas but a hasty rejig has moved the youth series forward to the June 10/11 slot vacated by the British GP.
“Without the switch they could have potentially lost at least 1000 spectators as it’s not just the riders but their family and friends who wouldn’t have gone,” reckons our very own youth editor Ray Chuss. “And at the end of the day some of these kids could be racing the British GP a few years down the line so it’s good for them to be able to go and see what it’s all about.”
For advance ticket offers call the event hotline on 0845 456 6536 and for more details check out the website at www.britmxgrandprix.com
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