The start of the MXGP and MX2 motocross world championship has been postponed again due to the corona crisis, the organizers confirmed on Wednesday. The new calendar has 19 Grand Prizes.
The season would normally start two months later than usual, at the end of May in the Netherlands. But now the season will only start on June 13 with the GP of Orlyonok in Russia, due to the cancellation of the GP of Oss.
With the update of the calendar, the British GP in Matterly Basin will also return on June 27, followed by the GP of Italy in Maggiora on July 4. The GPs of Latvia (Kegums on 11/07), the Netherlands (Oss on 18/07) and the Czech Republic (Loket on 25/07) will follow in July, after which the GP of Belgium will be held in Lommel on 1 August.
For the Turkish GP on September 5th in Afyonkarahisar, there are 2 more GP’s planned in August: The GP of Sweden in Uddevalla on August 15th and the GP of Finland in Litti-KymiRing on August 22nd.
On September 19, the GP of Sardinia, in Riola Sardo, will be added to the calendar.
Then also the GPs of Germany (Teutschenthal on October 3), France (on October 10 at a place to be determined), Spain (intu Xanadu-Arroyomolinos on October 17), Portugal (Agueda on October 24) and Trentino (Pietramurata on October 31).
The season will close with three GPs outside Europe, with the GP of Argentina on November 14 at a location to be determined and two GPs in Indonesia. First the Asian GP is scheduled in Borobudur on November 28, followed by another Indonesian GP, the Bali GP on December 5.
The Motocross of Nations, which traditionally closes the season, will be retained in the new calendar. It is scheduled for September 26 in Mantua, Italy.
The organizers of the world championship hope that, given the vaccination campaigns, spectators will again be welcome at the GPs.
In the MX2, the Belgian hope for a world title seems to lie mainly on the shoulders of Jago Geerts, who became vice world champion last year.