Motocross

Matterley Basin construction to begin this month

Matterley Basin construction to begin this month

Schematics and 3D graphics will become gradients, angles and rotivated soil from April 20th as Johnny Douglas Hamilton and his crew of ten workers commence activity near England’s south coast and barely half a mile from the location of the Schematics and 3D graphics will become gradients, angles and rotivated soil from April 20th as Johnny Douglas Hamilton and his crew of ten workers commence activity near England’s south coast and barely half a mile from the location of the Homelands Music festival.

"Johnny will be sculpting the track and a separate part of the team will scrape off the top soil from what will be the paddock to give him working materials," said co-ordinator Steve Dixon. "Six dumper trucks will be transporting the dirt to the sites of the jumps starting with the furthest from what will eventually be the paddock area."

"We have great support from New Holland with the equipment and will rely on the provision of three or four 360 diggers, the dumper trucks and two bulldozers. We will be using materials generated by the site itself."

Paines Formwork are to work on the concrete power-wash area with a catchment facility to hold up to twelve thousand gallons of water as the bike are cleaned over the race weekend. Steelwork for the start gate background and temporary advertising hoardings are also in the process of being completed by P.G Carmichial Fabrication.

"We are hoping for a quick turnaround," added Dixon, who is also manager of the Bike it Dixon Racing Grand Prix team. "There are no changes to Johnny’s original layout for the track itself and we are expecting the circuit to resemble a finished state by the middle of May; around four weeks is the target."

The event will use the same traffic management plan employed by the Music Festival (now called HI:FI) that annually accommodates around forty thousand people and will occur several weeks before the GP in June. In short the system will ensure the best entry and exit strategy of any other Grand Prix run on British soil. In terms of transportation, courtesy buses have been booked and will run between Winchester Station as well as Winchester ‘Park and Ride’ in thirty-minute intervals on the morning of the Grand Prix.

Brochures for VIP tickets are nearly finished and can be requested via the official website or by calling the ticket hotline. "We are aware that the VIP facilities need to be better than they were in 2005," continues Dixon. "We have arranged for an outside catering company to look after the marquee and the location will offer the best views of the track as well as air conditioning and heating."

The British Grand Prix will represent round eight of fifteen in the 2006 FIM World Championship and will take place on June 18th. Organisers Bike It Promotions switched the original date from June 11th to avoid a clash with the Formula One GP at Silverstone and also England’s World Cup match in Germany. The Southampton-based company travelled to Zolder in Belgium for the inaugural meeting of the series last weekend for extra research and are currently in the midst of planning a massive publicity drive in the region with production of 100,000 promotional DVDs.

The most famous off-road motorcycle race in the world, the Motocross of Nations, will enjoy its 60th edition at the same circuit on 24th September.

Tickets are on sale now with special early booking offers: Please call 0845 456 6536 or visit the official event website www.britgrandprix.com. Accommodation can be booked at www.stayinwinchester.co.uk

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