News 5 Dec 2012

Youthstream continues to target Australia for future GP

In a bid to further expand the reaches of the FIM Motocross World Championship, Youthstream are targeting Australia, amongst other countries, for a future grand prix event to add into the schedule.

Youthstream looks to expand the FIM Motocross World Championship to Australia in the future.

In a bid to further expand the reaches of the FIM Motocross World Championship, Youthstream are targeting Australia, amongst other countries, for a future grand prix event to add into the schedule.

An announcement from Youthstream has confirmed that its vision to expand the FIM Motocross World Championship to cover Australia, Asia, South Africa and the USA, maintaining their best organisers in Europe that in the end will also benefit from the expansion of the series.

“If we want to keep expanding, we must follow the growing economies, as well as the motorcycling growing markets, but we can’t imagine a Motocross World Championship without Europe,” said Youthstream president Giuseppe Luongo.

Australia was scheduled to host the season-opening grand prix round at Broadford in May 2011, but that later got removed from the schedule. Australia last hosted a round of the world championship in 2001.

Luongo also confirmed that all parties involved have agreed on the need of modernising the format of the series as the all-new overseas event format is prepared for the 2013 season and possibly years to come.

“The race format hasn’t changed since about 15 years, but the sport has evolved and developed a lot,” Luongo explained. “We must make our series more attractive and make the show even better in order to catch the attention of a new generation of fans and important TV broadcasters which are not specialized in motorsports.

“We are already in the good direction, so we must keep the same principle, but we need to focus on the details to mark the difference and improve the image of the championship.”

Dean Ferris is currently Australia’s lone GP regular, the Queenslander will be contesting in the MX2 class aboard his Dixon-run Monster Energy Yamaha YZ250F for 2013.

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