News 19 Dec 2009

World MX: New Zealand looks to host round at Taupo in 2012

New Zealand could host a round of the 2012 Motocross World Championship at Taupo, with Youthstream president Giuseppe Luongo currently in New Zealand discussing the plan with Taupo Motorcycle Club president Geoff Halland, vice-president Richard Klein and Taupo club members Grant and Vicki Townley.

Negotiations had already started a few months ago but Luongo’s visit to NZ was an ideal chance for everyone to get together and talk in detail. This coincides perfectly with Youthstream’s future plan to take the MXGPs more global in 2011, as the Taupo Motorcycle Club intend to begin with a long term contract in 2012.

Taupo is situated in the centre of the North Island and in August this year they held the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship which proved a great success for young riders from around the world; through this occasion the club was able to show their high level of organisation and outstanding desire to bring New Zealand onto a world level with regards to motocross.

They see this is a great opportunity for New Zealand and the region of Taupo to be promoted around the world via the FIM Motocross World Championship’s vast television coverage, internet and media.

Luongo is excited about expanding the FIM Motocross World Championship to the other side of the planet, stating “I am delighted to see Taupo interested in joining the FIM Motocross World Championship because New Zealand is one of the most important countries in our sport, many New Zealand riders participate with very successful results in the World Championship even winning world titles with Shayne King and Ben Townley. The club proved its fabulous competence with the organization of the very successful FIM Junior Motocross World Championship. The staff is very motivated and they all have a lot of passion, the circuit of Taupo is very beautiful and ready to welcome our elite riders and thousands of fans.”

“This a dream and we really hope it will become true,” Hall said with enthusiasm. “For us it would be a great honour to host one round of the FIM Motocross MX1/MX2 World Championship in New Zealand. This is a great opportunity for all our fans and for New Zealand as a whole to have this huge event in Taupo because an event like this will bring thousands of people to New Zealand from all around the world and it is a great possibility for the tourism and local businesses. We are currently in negotiation with our government and we really hope to receive the necessary support to secure this prestigious event for 2012, 2013 and 2014, and hopefully for the Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations soon after. We really thank Youthstream and FIM for giving us this opportunity and for the great job they do for the promotion of the FIM Motocross World Championship. With all their efforts and investment they put into having TV and internet we ar e able to follow the entire World Championship from here in New Zealand.”

Dr. Wolfgang Srb, FIM/CMS President, said “this is a very significant step towards the globalisation of the FIM Motocross World Championship. New Zealand has a great tradition in our sport. They have World Champions and the Taupo Motorcycle Club has organised an outstanding FIM Junior Motocross World Championship earlier this year. Congratulations and thanks to all who work so hard on this very important project!”