Just days after the conclusion of the 2016 Motocross of Nations, the 2017 running of the event is already in the news. For more than a year’s time, the event has been slated to run on the massive hills of Glen Helen Raceway in Southern California, but there have been steady rumors the venue would not end up with the race after all. Turns out there was truth to the talk, as Youthstream announced on Tuesday that the race would not take place in California. The Monster Energy FIM Motocross World Championship has held two races at the track over the last two years, but for whatever reason the spectator turnout as been far from spectacular and this has led both the series and track owners to mutually end their agreement for the 2017 race.
The Monster Energy FIM Motocross World Championship has held two races at the track over the last two years, but for whatever reason the crowd turnout as been far from spectacular and this has caused both the series and track to mutually end their agreement. There was no MXGP round at Glen Helen on the provisional 2017 Monster Energy FIM Motocross World Championship schedule.
No replacement venue has been announced, but the word around the paddock over the weekend was that Matterley Basin in Great Britain is a possible location.
Youthstream Press Release
Mr Giuseppe Luongo, Youthstream President, and Mr Bud Felkamp, President of the Glen Helen Raceway, had a meeting at the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations in Maggiora and in common agreement they have decided to not organize the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations in Glen Helen in 2017.
Glen Helen Raceway and Youthstream have worked in close cooperation over the last 2 years and both entities have invested serious funds for the organization of the MXGP of USA but despite the quality of the organization, the excellent racing and the massive media coverage the fan attendance was much lower than expected and also much lower than what this event deserves.
For such a prestigious event which deserves and needs an outstanding fan participation the risk is too high, and this is the main reason why it has been decided in common agreement to not organize the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations in 2017 in Glen Helen. If the situation changes in the future both parties would be keen to work together again.