DAVID LUONGO – EDITORIAL MXGP MAG Issue 121

Dear MXGP Friends,

What an end of season it was! 

First of all, the comeback of MXGP to Maggiora, one of the most appreciated tracks in the world, where the Italian fans could witness a fantastic Grand Prix. Saturday started with heavy rain that stayed for the whole day, but the two leaders of both MX2 and MXGP classes kept their heads cool and relaxed. Alberto Forato won for the first time in his career the RAM MXGP Qualifying race in front of his home fans and scored a fantastic 4th position at the Overall GP classification. Jorge Prado finished the work on Sunday with a victory in the first race that brought his first MXGP World Title after a very consistent season! In MX2 Andrea Adamo also secured the World Title in the second race of the day. 

With the victory of both Prado and Adamo, the MXGP World Championship is showing the diversity of talents it has. Both champions are coming from the very base of the pyramid Infront Moto Racing put in place more than a decade ago with the European Championship. It also shows that despite having already a lot of fantastic talents and World Champions in the MXGP class, we have a new World Champion coming from a different country. Jorge Prado is writing the history of his country becoming the first ever Spanish rider to be crowned MXGP World Champion. I want to congratulate both Jorge and Andrea for their great season!

The final Grand Prix of the season brought us to UK, probably the most beautiful track of the World Championship, Matterley Basin. As you may know after our announcement last week, the 2024 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations will take place in Great Britain on this beautiful facility, the tickets will be on sale very soon. In UK, Jago Geerts secured his second position in the championship after a fantastic battle through the pack in the last race, setting the final podium with Simon Laengenfelder, who also ended the season with a terrific rhythm. In MXGP, Romain Febvre ended the season on the second position of the Championship in front of Seewer that once again made a very consistent season.

One week off and the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations took place in Ernée. We wrote the motocross history during that weekend. There are not enough words to explain how great it was, especially coming after 2 years of lockdown with Covid and all the challenges we had to face to keep this sport on top of this game. Let’s say that we do this job for this kind of moments. Last time Ernée hosted a MXoN was in 2015, an edition that was already great, and the plans were to organize it again in 2020. Unfortunately, it had to be cancelled because of Covid, so this 2023 edition was very symbolic for us. 

A massive 37 Nations participated to the event, with one of the best line-up ever in the Motocross of Nations history. It was very difficult to predict the final result. Ernée is a natural theatre and give a perfect view of the action to the fans. The event started already on Friday with the traditional balloting for the gate pick and the Nations presentation parade to the public. An immense crowd showed up already on Friday to support their country. 

This year’s MXoN edition made history with a cumulated attendance of more than 100.000 spectators from Friday to Sunday that came to support their nation. We broke the record of attendance during a motocross event, and it was a fantastic moment of communion for all the Motocross community. This is the power of MXoN! The atmosphere was unique, and those who were not at Ernée had the chance to see it during the LIVE broadcast of the races, but also during the new LIVE show called “Inside the Paddock” which was broadcast between the main races on Sunday. 

The French team obtained a clear victory on their home soil. The intensity of the first race was amazing with the battle between Prado and Febvre, and Jett Lawrence coming back from last to 6th after a crash in the third corner. Team Australia secured a historical second overall position on the podium and Italy finished third with a very young team. Germany ended 4th, with a strong performance of Ken Roczen, and finally the Belgium team finished 5th with one of the youngest teams engaged with Liam Everts, Jago Geerts and Lucas Coenen.

During the Motocross of Nations, there are always many announcements, and the presentation of MX2 Triumph bike arrival into the World Championship was probably the most awaited by the community. It is a fantastic statement to our sport to have the arrival of a new official manufacturer into the competition. We are sure that Triumph will help the sport to raise the bar!

I would like to thank all the stakeholders of our sport, the manufacturers, our partners, the media, the FIM and FIM Europe, all our organizers, and finally all the riders and the fans for the fantastic season we had together. 

It is now time to enjoy the short winter break and to prepare the 2024 MXGP Season!

David Luongo

Infront Moto Racing CEO
 

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