FUNCHAL (PORTUGAL), 12 December 2008 – Due to the very difficult world economical situation, Motorsport South Africa (MSA) and Youthstream have mutually agreed to cancel the FIM Motocross Grand Prix of South Africa for 2009 and indicated that they will closely work together to bring the Grand Prix back to South Africa in 2010.
Mr. Giuseppe Luongo, Youthstream President stated: "MSA is one of our most important partners and it has been a long time that we have worked together with enormous respect for each other, and South Africa has organized many successful Grand Prix events.
Now due to this difficult economical moment and the devaluation of the Rand compared to the Euro it will be not possible to organize the 2009 Motocross Grand Prix of South Africa.
There is a great will from Youthstream and MSA to return very soon with the organization of the South African Grand Prix and we believe that already from 2010."
Mrs. Beaulah Schoeman, Managing Director of MSA said: "We have always enjoyed an excellent working relationship with Youthstream and look forward to the challenge of securing the event again for South Africa after 2009. We are very disappointed but will continue all efforts to return the event to our country and its many motorsport fans."
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