News 19 Apr 2017

Gatorback to host this year's MXGP of USA

Historic circuit in Florida named for September event.

Source: Supplied.

Gatorback Cycle Park in Gainesville, Florida, has been confirmed as the host of the 2017 Monster Energy MXGP of USA scheduled to be held on 3 September.

A former stop on the AMA motocross schedule from 1983 to 1997 and the current location of the annual THOR Winter Olympics, the Gatorback facility is now gearing up to host its first MXGP World Championship event this year.

David Luongo, Youthstream vice president and head of operations, looks forward to bringing the MXGP series to the new and classic American location for 2017.

“We are very excited to come back in the United States of America for the Monster Energy MXGP of USA,” said Luongo. “Gatorback is one of the most historical track out there, the venue is beautiful and the MXGP fans in America will have the opportunity to watch the best motocross riders in the World to race on a classic US track which will be very exciting for everybody.

“I really want to thank MX Sports and the AMA that helped a lot to make this event to happen and also Mr. Kern, the owner of Gatorback facility, to take this opportunity to bring back the MXGP World Championship in USA.”

The 2017 Monster Energy MXGP of USA at Gatorback Cycle Park will mark the 17th round on this year’s MXGP World Championship schedule.

2017 MXGP World Championship calendar (updated):
Rd1 – 25 February – Losail, Qatar
Rd2 – 5 March – Pangkai Pinang, Indonesia
Rd3 – 19 March – Neuquen, Argentina
Rd4 – 2 April – Leon, Mexico
Rd5 – 16 April – Pietramurata, Italy
Rd6 – 23 April – Valkenswaard, Netherlands
Rd7 – 7 May – Kegums, Latvia
Rd8 – 21 May – Teutschenthal, Germany
Rd9 – 28 May – Ernée, France
Rd10 – 11 June – Orlyonok, Russia
Rd11 – 25 June – Ottobiano, Italy
Rd12 – 2 July – Agueda, Portugal
Rd13 – 23 July – Loket, Czech Republic
Rd14 – 6 August – Lommel, Belgium
Rd15 – 13 August – Frauenfeld/Gachnang, Switzerland
Rd16 – 20 August – Uddevalla, Sweden
Rd17 – 3 September – Gatorback Cycle Park, USA
Rd18 – 10 September – Assen, The Netherlands
Rd19 – 17 September – Villars-sous-Ecot, France