The MX Nationals British Motocross Championship has responded to an RHL Activities Foxhill date change press release, sent out early Friday. This development puts riders and teams in a difficult position.
RHL had announced that they would switch the Foxhill round from June 13 to Saturday, June 19. The revision resolved the Russian GP clash but set up an almighty one with the Hawkstone Park round of the MX Nationals, scheduled to run on June 19/20.
“The last couple of weeks have seen numerous meetings and conversations taking place between RHL Activities, members of Langrish MX club, MX Nationals and Venue operators, to come up with a workable solution for all involved in our sport and its congested calendar,” said RHL’s press release.
“Despite the concentrated efforts of all concerned and the willingness for all parties to work together. Due to planning restrictions it was not possible for the Salop Club to accommodate a date change, a regrettable but understandable decision.
“Gareth Hockey would like to especially thank Paul Irwin who has worked alongside him and the RHL Team in trying to find this workable solution, of changing the date and race day.”
MX Nationals response is a bombshell for British motocross, with the innovative championship stating that they are at “financial risk” every time there is an issue like this.
“We don’t run this championship for financial gain, but we also don’t want to lose money and not deliver on our promises. We can’t and don’t want to run with half-empty gates or cut corners to make the figures add up,” said the MX Nationals.
MXN’s series boss, Paul Irwin, says he has tried to work with RHL and the ACU to find solutions for their championship. However, he says: “This last date clash is not something I have agreed with (contrary to their press release).”
Here is MX Nationals press release in full…
Firstly, we are hugely disappointed in the decision by the ACU /RHL confirming/announcing a new date clash with us (MX Nationals) on the 19th/20th June.
I have tried to work with RHL and the ACU to find solutions for their championship, but this last date clash is not something I have agreed with (contrary to their press release).
We are committed to this weekend for Round 2 and have already paid in advance for the Hawkstone circuit.
We take riders’ money in good faith when they register for the MX Nationals championship. We have some fantastic sponsors who also invest in this series.
We invest that money back into the championship to bring the best series we can.
It is not fair for us to continue to take your money and not be able, due to decisions taken by another federation, to deliver the championship we promised.
These continuous clashes put us at financial risk every time we have an issue like this.
We don’t run this championship for financial gain, but we also don’t want to lose money and not deliver on our promises. We can’t and don’t want to run with half-empty gates or cut corners to make the figures add up.
We owe it to the riders, the sponsors, the teams and true motocross fans to be upfront. Without your support, there simply isn’t a sustainable Championship.
Now is the time for you, riders and fans, to decide if you want us to continue.
We hope to see (many of) you at our next round on the 19th/20th at Hawkstone Park.