Youthstream

 

 

Youthstream is the company that manages the exclusive television, marketing, and promotional worldwide rights of the FIM Motocross World Championship, the FIM Motocross of Nations, the FIM Women's Motocross World Championship, the FIM Veteran's Motocross World Cup, the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship, the FIM Snowcross World Championship, the FIM Europe Motocross Championship and the Motocross of European Nations.

 

 

The story of Youthstream

Youthstream President Mr Giuseppe Luongo first dabbled in motocross promotion back in 1983. The then youngster with a heart full of passion and a head filled with dreams opened his eyes to a world of limitless possibility when he gathered all the best motocross riders of that era to race at the circuit of Ponte Egola, Italy, attracting an estimated crowd of 20,000 people which was nothing short of astonishing in that period.

Thereafter, Mr Luongo formed his own company GLO (Giuseppe Luongo Organization) and organized two of the most popular races of that era, the ‘Masters of Motocross’ and ‘SuperMotocross’ in Italy. After taking charge of all Italian International Motocross events, Mr Luongo reached a turning point in his career when he promoted the successful 1986 Motocross of Nations, which took place in Maggiora, Italy.

In 1987, Mr Luongo in conjunction with FMI (Italian Motorcycling Federation) created the Internazionali dItalia (The International Italian Motocross Championship), which later progressed to the ‘Supercup’ in 1989. In 1987 Mr Luongo also formed one of the best and most memorable races of the year, the ‘El Charro StadiumCross de Paris’ bringing for the first time to Europe the American legend Bob Hannah, which was followed by the success of 1988 when the Masters of Motocross series went from four rounds to six and began receiving an extensive amount of TV coverage with participation of all the World Champions and the top American stars.

Fast-forwarding half a decade, Mr Luongo organized the FIM Motocross of Nations in Slovakia, which caught the attention of the FIM later resulting in a contract between the two for Action Group (Giuseppe Luongo’s company) to manage the television rights of the FIM Motocross World Championship. As a result of the collaboration between Action Group and the FIM, the FIM Motocross World Championship made a dent in the history books when the series received, for the first time ever, complete worldwide TV coverage during the entire season.

In the years that followed, Action Group signed a contract with the FIM to manage both the Supercross and Motocross World Championships. In 1999 he organized a successful FIM Awards, which took place at Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo. In 2002 Youthstream was created with the goal to promote the FIM SuperMoto World Championship and by the end 2003 Youthstream had signed a contract with the FIM to become the new promotion team behind the FIM Motocross World Championship.

In the first few years Youthstream had already made visible improvements to the FIM Motocross World Championship, more television coverage, more fans, and more exposure are just a few of the enhancements Youthstream brought forth. In 2005 progression was evident when the FIM Motocross of Nations, an event which had been in a slump over the years prior, burst back into life in Ernée, France.

In 2011 Youthstream took the next natural step in the evolution of the FIM Motocross World Championship with the formation of MX-Life.tv. MX-Life.tv (which has been renamed MXGP-tv.com since 2014) offers live, High Definition (HD) and on-demand coverage of the entire FIM Motocross World Championship, and is readily available for the entire world to enjoy.

Youthstream also works hard to promote the future generation of MXGP, exposing young talent to the tracks and pressures of being a professional motocross rider through incorporating the European Championships with the FIM Motocross World Championship. The MXGP Academy was also created by Youthstream to help young talented riders develop their skills and enter into the international world of competition.

In 2012 Youthstream reached out to everyone with a passion for riding motocross by organizing the MXGP Festival, which was a weeklong event held in Matterley Basin, United Kingdom. The MXGP Festival offered an experience of a lifetime to riders of all levels, with more than ten different classes from 65cc right through to 450cc, boys, girls, young and old, were all offered the opportunity to race under the spotlight of MXGP. One of the most memorable moments of the event was the parade lap where more than 300 riders were led around the track at one time by British motocross legend and FIM Motocross World Champion David Thorpe.

2012 also saw Youthstream take a giant leap forward with the FIM Motocross of Nations in Lommel, Belgium, as the event received complete international television coverage live and in HD, using all the latest technology and equipment such as Super Slo-Mo, GoPro Point of View cameras, Cable Cams, and Drone cameras. After such success, major television broadcasters Aljazeera and FOX also jumped on board to broadcast the complete 2013 FIM Motocross World Championship season.

In 2013 the FIM Motocross World Championship branched out into more areas of the world generating a greater span of international exposure. At the beginning of the season, two fantastic new locations graced the start of the calendar. The first was Qatar, which also made history being a night race. The second was in Si Racha, Thailand, another all time first for the FIM Motocross World Championship.

In 2014 Youthstream gave the FIM Motocross World Championship a whole new look, which has already proved popular globally. The championship expanded well outside of Europe, hosting five overseas rounds and welcomed on board one of the USA’s premier sports broadcasters, CBS Sports Network, who joined our loyal European broadcasting networks, Mediaset, Eurosport and MotorsTV. Important Italian provider Mediaset screened every MXGP race LIVE in 2014 on popular sports channels Italia 1 and Italia 2, while MotorsTV and Eurosport provided coverage for the UK and Europe throughout the season. Eurosport also screened MXGP-TV’s ‘26mn Magazine’, a behind the scenes highlights show that covers all the racing highlights, provides a GoPro lap of the track, and features a lot of fantastic never before seen footage from inside the paddock.

The 2015 FIM Motocross World Championship was one of the most diverse motocross series the world had ever seen, utilizing seventeen different nations with multiple different types of terrain and style of tracks. In 2015 the FIM Motocross World Championship travelled to Patagonia Argentina for the first time where the circuit that was built there, specifically for MXGP, quickly became a favorite amongst the riders, fans and viewers as it was wide and contained an array of obstacles made out of great soil which made for excellent racing.

Another great success in 2015 was the MXGP of The Netherlands, which took place at the extraordinary Dutch TT circuit in Assen. The response to this event was unknown prior, but it turned out to be an exceptional round of racing which attracted an energetic crowd with great sporting spirit. The crowd also seemed to enjoy the professional facilities such as sheltered grandstands with a birds-eye view of most of the circuit meaning they could enjoy the racing to its fullest.

Last but not least, the summit of every season, the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations, reached another level of epicness in 2016 at Maggiora, Italy. The venue was packed with a crowd unafraid of showing their enthusiasm and love for motocross. Team France: Romain Febvre, Gautier Paulin and Benoit Paturel made history, being lined up as the defending champions they continued their domination of the Chamberlain Trophy for the third year in a row.

             

In 2016 Youthstream took the best from both motocross and supercross specialities creating the Monster Energy SMX Riders' Cup, a unique event with a concentration of pure adrenaline and show featuring the greatest rivals of all time.

All of the fastest motocross riders in the world and the MXGP manufacturers took part, KTM, Husqvarna, Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki and Kawasaki. Each brand lined up 3 riders to compete, ending with KTM and their riders of Musquin, Dungey, and Herlings topping the competition.

In 2017 Youthstream upped the level of the MXGP and MX2 Championships with four rounds new to the series, one visiting Indonesia for the first time in over 20 years, one taking place in Russia at the Orlyonok Circuit bordering the Black Sea, the third in Ottobiano, Italy for the MXGP of Lombardia, and the fourth in Jacksonville, Florida for the Monster Energy MXGP of USA, all of which were a massive success with thousands of dedicated fans getting the chance to watch amazing racing.

     

To end with the largest single race of any season is the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations Presented by FIAT Professional which reached another level in 2017 at the famous Matterley Basin Circuit. The historic venue was packed with an amazing crowd gloriously showing their enthusiasm and love for motocross. Team France’s Gautier Paulin, Romain Febvre, and Christophe Charlier made history once again being lined up as the defending champions, where they continued the French domination of the Chamberlain Trophy for the 4th year in succession.

2018 again rose to the occasion in the FIM World Championship by holding an astonishing 20 Rounds with back to back weekends in Indonesia, one of which at the new and impressive venue of Semarang, for the MXGP of Asia. The series also returned to the country of Turkey for the first time in several years while the season’s grand finale, the MXGP of Italy, took place on the purpose built MXGP track at the famous Autodromo Enzo and Dino Ferrari in Imola Italy. 2018 MXGP Champion Jeffrey Herlings took his first MXGP Title in Assen, The Netherlands at the penultimate stop of the season, while the Spanish Jorge Prado took his first MX2 Championship victory in Imola. 

     

Last but not least, the largest race of the season was the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations which returned to America at the Red Bud circuit in Buchanan, Michigan. The American venue was packed with one of the largest MXoN crowds ever seen gloriously showing their enthusiasm and love for motocross. The home team USA was led by the countries best riders Eli Tomac, Justin Barcia, and Aaron Plessinger and cheared on by the patriotic American fans. Team France’s Gautier Paulin, Jordi Tixier, and Dylan Ferrandis made history once again however, being lined up as the defending champions they continued the French domination of the Chamberlain Trophy for the 5th year in succession.

          

In 2019 we can expect even more intense racing as the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations heads to Assen in the Netherlands and the MXGP season will again travel to new venues around the world such as Shanghai, China and Hong Kong along with various other stops.

Once again in 2019, BOTH days of the FIM Motocross World Championship will be available to watch LIVE on www.MXGP-TV.com. Meaning you can watch non-stop action all weekend including all the European Championship races, the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship, all qualifying races, a LIVE Studio Show with former motocross grand prix star Paul Malin and MXGP TV Presenter Lisa Leyland, the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations, and so much more.

Every year Youthstream continues their mission to revolutionize motocross, to make it popular beyond belief and increase worldwide awareness.

This is Youthstream. This is motocross. Join the evolution!