YOUTH STREAM’S 2013 GRAND PRIX SCHEDULE UNDERGOES MAJOR REMAKE: THE WORLD SHRINKS

March 2, 2013
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Russia is out. Touted just a year ago as the opening of a great untapped market for GP sponsors and motorcycle manufacturers, Russia was dropped from the 2013 schedule this week. Do you remember the big Russian bank that sponsored the GP series last year? They pulled their money out this year and with it went Giuseppe Luongo’s interest in Mother Russia. Finland will take Russia’s July 14 date. But wait there is more!

Bulgaria, which was unceremoniously dropped from the schedule earlier this year, is now back on for April 21. But wait there is more!

To fill out the previously missing September 8 date, Holland will get a second Grand Prix at Lierop at the very end of the series (ten miles from Valkenswaard and 30 miles from the Belgian border). Lierop is 120 miles from the Bastogne, Belgium, GP held 20 days earlier in the schedule. There are also two Italian GPs on the schedule. But wait there is more!

The lowly MX3 World Championship for big-bore bikes might as well now be called the “Tour of the Former Iron Curtain Countries.” The MX3 riders had three event changes made to their schedule this week, with Bulgaria, Ukraine and Slovakia added to their 11-race series. Seven of the 11 races will be held in what were formerly known as the Eastern Bloc countries. They include Bulgaria, Ukraine, Croatia, Slovenia, Ukraine (again), Czech Republic and Slovakia. But wait there is more!

The Women’s World Championship, which is now 7 races long, will add Slovakia to their schedule which also includes the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Croatia.

2013 250/450 WORLD MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
March 2…Qatar
March 10…Thailand
April 1…Holland
April 14…Italy
April 21…Bulgaria
May 5…Portugal
May 19…Brazil
May 26…Mexico
June 9…France
June 16…Italy
June 30…Sweden
July 7…Latvia
July 14…Finland
July 28…Germany
August 4…Czech Republic
August 18…Belgium
August 25…Great Britain
September 8…Holland

2013 FIM MX3 MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
April 1…Holland
May 5…Bulgaria
May 26…Ukraine    
June 2…Croatia   
June 9…Slovenia    
June 16…Italy
July 21…Ukraine
Aug 4…Brazil   
August 25…Great Britain    
September 1…Czech Republic    
September 8…Slovakia    

2013 FIM WOMEN’S WORLD MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
April 1…Holland    
June 2…Croatia    
June 9…Slovenia    
June 16…Italy    
August 25…Great Britain    
September 1…Czech Republic    
September 8…Slovakia

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