As everyone knows the FIM and Youthstream already decided last year to come back to the old system used until 2001, with one rider in the MX1 class, one in the MX2 class and the third one in the Open class (MX1, MX2 or MX3 class). There will be 3 heats of 30 min + 2 laps: MX1 and MX2, MX2 and Open, MX1 and Open, and for sure more suspense than in the last editions of this prestigious Team race. “We knew that nobody was really happy with the system introduced in 2001 mainly for the Televisions” said Giuseppe Luongo “and one of our first decision when the FIM asked us to work again in Motocross was to give back more prestige to this race. The races with MX2 champions (125 in the past) against MX1 riders always brought exciting races in the past, and the riders as well as the manufacturers really appreciate this program”. Scheduled this year on October 2nd and 3rd, the race will be organized just one week after the last Grand Prix in South Africa and three weeks after the last Nationals in the USA. “For this year we had no other choice, but for 2005 the event will be organized one week earlier. We try to find the best date for everyone, as our common goal with the FIM is to have the best riders behind the grid” added the President of Youthstream.
The TV coverage of the 2004 MXoN will be probably the biggest that this race ever had in the past, with no less than 940 000 000 estimate audience throughs the live coverage (RTL TVI, AB Moteurs, VRT, British Eurosport and Telesport) and of course the 52mns program produced by Youthstream. “Through our recent agreement with Speed Channel we’ll have the best ever coverage for this race in the USA, as Fox Sports and Speed Channel will both broadcast our program. It’s really important for the future of this race, and it will give to the US Team as well as the other teams a brilliant worldwide exposure with diffusion in Australia, Europe (Austria, Belgium, France, Estonia, Ireland, Italy, Monaco, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom), Brazil, Indonesia, New Zealand and South Africa”
Created in 1947 in….the Netherlands, the Motocross Of Nations will be back to his roots! Lierop never met this event (Wassenaar, Norg, Schijndel, Markelo, St Anthonis and Valkenswaard all met one of the previous editions) but is a well-known location for the GP riders as well as for Chad Reed who got there his unique GP win in 2001.