AUSTRALIAN MX NATIONALS PROMOTER STEPS AWAY: 2020 SEASON IN LIMBO
AUSTRALIAN MX NATIONALS PROMOTER STEPS AWAY:
2020 MOTOCROSS SEASON IN LIMBO
Although there are many hardcore motocross fans, Supercross has become the pinnacle of dirt bike racing in both America and Australia. With the addition of the Aus-X Open Supercross event and American Justin Brayton racing and winning the Australian Supercross series for the last four years in a row, most Americans think of Supercross when we think about dirt bike racing in Australia. However, the MX Nationals are a vital source of racing for Pros in Australia and unfortunately they in limbo right now as the former series promoter Williams Event Management, has stepped away from the series and offered the series over to the Motorcycling Australia Federation. Originally, after 23-years of promoting the Mx Nationals, Kevin Williams of Williams Event Management had announced the 2020 would be his companies final season promoting the series. Now, with the Covid-19 pandemic disrupting the entire world, especially public events, WEM has announced that they will no longer move forward with the 2020 season and they’re handing over the responsibility to Motorcycling Australia who is doing everything they can to make sure Champions are crowned in 2020.
Williams Event Management Announcement:
Australian rider Dean Ferris is a multi-time MX Champion in his home country. He also spent some time in America last season apart of the Monster Energy Yamaha team. Ferris raced the first half of the Pro Motocross season before departing from the factory Yamaha team after the Southwick National and returning home to race in Australia.
Announced this morning via a Zoom based online press conference, Williams Event Management WEM’s Kevin Williams delivered the news that effective immediately, his organisation would be stepping down from promoting the 2020 MXstore MX Nationals series.
Due to the ongoing uncertainty around the COVID-19 outbreak and after the recent outbreaks within Victoria that has once again seen restrictions tighten up, the viability of running the series that was scheduled to start in August was dealt it’s final blow.
Kevin Williams commented; “The likelihood of state borders remaining closed or forcing imposed self isolation measures on out of state competitors along with the inability to have a crowd at the events or even have confirmation on how many attendees would be possible, are two of the major contributing factors to this decision.”
He added further; “It has been my life’s work promoting the MX Nationals for the past twenty three years. It was already public knowledge that this was our final year promoting the series and that we would hand the commercial rights back to Motorcycling Australia for 2021, however COVID-19 has left with no choice but to withdraw from running the 2020 season and bring this change forward, effective immediately, to protect what I feel is the integrity of the sport and the MX Nationals series”
In an emotional closing statement, Williams thanked everyone who has been a part of WEM’s journey at the head of the sport for the past two decades. “I want to take this final opportunity to thank everyone who has been a part of the MX Nationals family during our time together. From the numerous staff at WEM, the riders and teams, to all of our sponsors and stakeholders, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything we have achieved to grow the sport together.”
WEM will remain involved in the sport working with AME Management as the Race Management partner of the Australian Supercross series.
Motorcycling Australia will now assess options to see if there is potential to run a series with an adapted model for the 2020 season. Any further information and inquiries regarding the 2020 Australian Motocross Championships should be directed to Motorcycling Australia.
Australian rider Mitch Evans began his professional career in his home country and he made a name for himself when he jumped up to the 450 class and placed second overall in the Championship at the 2018 the MX Nationals. He also spent some time with MXA’s Josh Mosiman in 2018 before the U.S. Motocross of Nations. Below is a photo of him training at Glen Helen before heading to the RedBud MXON where he placed 7th overall in the MX3 class, one position behind Justin Barcia. Teamed up with Hunter Lawrence and Kirk Gibbs, their three results combined gave the Australians 4th overall in the Nations overall classification.