The flags of the nations. Ray Archer
Since MXA ran the story below, Youthstream has issued a “clarification” which we have added above the previous story. Read it and weep because it doesn’t make the details any clearer. The point of the clarification is that when Youthstream says “four overseas events,” that doesn’t necessarily mean four countries (even though they have listed four countries)?it could mean four events in one country, two events in one country and one event in two countries or any other stretch of the multiplication tables. MXA gives them brownie points for effort (although it may take two or three more press releases for them to get it right).
(Official Youthstream Clarification: Following the press release of July 31st concerning the FIM Motocross MX1/MX2 World Championship overseas events where FIM, Youthstream, Teams and Manufacturers unanimously agreed to hold two overseas events in 2011, three overseas events in 2012 and four overseas events in 2013, Youthstream would like to clarify the matter. Youthstream indicated that the overseas GPs would likely be in USA and Brazil, then Australia and Japan, and wishes to clarify that Youthstream will exercise its rights and the venue of these overseas Grand Prix events will be decided by Youthstream based on the venue being an important motorcycle market and an important market in general, and naturally the organizer is required to fulfill the FIM Regulations. Youthstream aims to have Grand Prix events spread throughout the world but two or more of these events could be held in the same continent or country.)
And now, back to the original MXA story as posted on July 31:
If you are adept at reading press releases, which are mostly filled with self-serving blowhard stuff, you will be interested in a recent Youthstream release about a meeting between the FIM and all the GP team managers (Michele Rinaldi, Francois Lemariey, Stefan Everts, Lorenzo Resta, Davide Borghesi, Patrick Heydens, Sylvain Geboers, Roger Harvey, Steve Guttridge, Paul Rowney and Winfried Kerschhaggl). Oh by the way, Winnie email Jody he wants to talk to you.
Once you get past the “constructive atmosphere” language and move into the meat of the matter, you discover that these six things have been decided for 2011 (but let’s say right up front, that nothing is ever as it seems…and press releases and meetings are often covers for other agendas). A lot of this stuff doesn’t make sense, but that is because they aren’t telling us everything:
The USGP will be joined by a second USGP in 2012…or will it?
(1) There will be 15 rounds in the 2011 GP series.
(2) There will only be two GPs that aren’t in Europe in 2011 (USA and Brazil). That means, to those who read closely, that there will not be two USGP’s in 2011 as previously announced and that the Australian GP, that was earlier announced as the first GP of the year will not be on the schedule at all.
(3) In 2012 there will be three GPs outside of Europe. That could mean two USGPs and Brazil. Or, your guess is as good as ours.
(4) In 2013 there will be four overseas GPs (Japan and Australia will be added?which if you are a fan of mathematics does not add up).
(5) The FIM Motocross World Championship will start and finish in Europe.
(6) The Motocross des Nations will held after the final GP as opposed to in between GPs as previously announced.
The MXDN has been moved to the end of the season…where it belongs. Ray Archer
(7) Perhaps we should included some of the bluster: “The meeting was very important for the future and smooth growing of the FIM Motocross World Championship. I am happy that the major partners ? teams, Youthstream and FIM ? agreed unanimously on the globalization of the Championship, which will of course happen step by step. I am very excited about this project,” said FIM/CMS President Dr. Wolfgang Srb.
HERE IS THE COMPLETE YOUTHSTREAM PRESS RELEASE FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO LIKE MARKETING
Press release: A meeting was held on Friday afternoon in Lommel on the occasion of the FIM Motocross GP of Limburg, with the participation of the brand team managers; Michele Rinaldi – Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross, Fran‡ois Lemariey – Kawasaki Racing, Stefan Everts ? Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, Lorenzo Resta – Honda Racing MX, Davide Borghesi – Aprilia Racing, Patrick Heydens – TM Racing Factory, Sylvain Geboers ? Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1, Roger Harvey – Honda Europe, Steve Guttridge ? Kawasaki Motors Europe, Paul Rowney – Suzuki Europe, Winfried Kerschhaggl – KTM, YS President Giuseppe Luongo and FIM/CMS President Dr. Wolfgang Srb. Among the issues that have been discussed were the 2011 MX1/2 calendar and the location of the events.
In a very constructive atmosphere everybody welcomed and supported the idea of the further globalization of the FIM Motocross World Championship as the leading and most important off-road Championship in the world. Selected venues, combined with a high profile and spectator friendly organization will be the 15 stops on the world tour.
The schedule for 2011 will feature two overseas events (USA and Brazil), in 2012 there will be three and in 2013 there will be four overseas events. Additional overseas countries will be Japan and Australia, and the FIM Motocross World Championship will start and finish in Europe. The traditional FIM Motocross of Nations will always be staged after the last event of the World Championship.
Mr. Giuseppe Luongo, President of Youthstream, said: “It is absolutely fantastic for the future of our sport having all the major players around the table together; FIM, Youthstream and the team managers, and in such a positive atmosphere. Everyone is delighted with the improvements that are being made and about building together a strong future for Motocross.”
“The meeting was very important for the future and smooth growing of the FIM Motocross World Championship. I am happy that the major partners ? teams, Youthstream and FIM ? agreed unanimously on the globalization of the Championship, which will of course happen step by step. I am very excited about this project,” said FIM/CMS President Dr. Wolfgang Srb.