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www.motoheadmagazine.com‘s Live from Matterley
We’ve heard this before: The 2018 Motocross of Nations, will be held at the Red Bud AMA National track—and according to Giuseppe Luongo will be timed to avoid riders saying they are “too tired” to race there,.
Adios amigos: In an announcement at the des Nations at Matterley Basin on Sunday morning, Luongo also said there would be no Mexican GP in 2018. Instead, the season would start in Argentina then there would be a double-header GP in Indonesia on two consecutive weekends. This would be on tracks that are 500km apart – one on an island and another on the mainland.
Another road race GP: The 2018 World Championship will end at Imola in Italy, on a purpose-built track at the famous road race venue (Imola used to host motocross GPs in the 1950s). Luongo said there would be a jump over the famous tarmac.
Made in China: Luongo also revealed there would be “19 or 20” races next year. And that in 2019, the series would also go to China for the first time.
Money troubles: The announcement was met with dismay from several team bosses due to the huge costs of the fly-away GPs in a time when many teams are finding it hard to continue. It seems Suzuki will be absent from MXGP and 250 GPs next year after the factory withdrew its support. Kawasaki is folding its 250 GP squad as it has lost its Monster backing. Honda will run a slimmed-down team with Tim Gajser running out of the Gariboldi squad alongside HSF who will move to Honda. And Husqvarna will cut back to two 450 riders—letting Max Nagl go.