Dixon on the British Grand Prix in 2021

Steve Dixon has always invested into the sport of motocross, be it with his team, or the events he has run over the years. With a positive attitude and friendly nature, it isn’t difficult to like the mind set of the British team owner and British GP promoter. After not being on the schedule at the beginning of 2021, we have found Matterley Basin back on the FIM Motocross World Championship calendar and as the second round on June 27.

Fortunately, England is well advanced in the dispatching of Covid 19 vaccine, which has meant we are seeing the sport already getting on its feet. British Championship races will be run in May and June, and large spectator numbers are also allowed, meaning the British GP will be a sell-out success. Dixon has already had his team racing and gave us a rundown on what is possible leading into the GP at the end of June.

“From the 29th of March we were allowed to go riding again,” Dixon said. “We can also do outdoor sports. We even did a small race locally on April 2, run by my local club. From May 17 you can have up to 10,000 spectators outdoors and 4000 or 25% of the capacity at a normal indoor event.”

Dixon continued on his healthy relationship with Infront Moto Racing, a business partnership that has seen the British GP run at many different stages of the season, and in all types of weather conditions. Without such a loyal relationship, the sport just can’t move forward.

“Obviously, I always have contact with Infront Moto Racing, and we knew that there was a good chance there would be a British GP in 2021, even when we were not on the original calendar. We always talk, and we are always there to help each other. I would run a GP in any circumstance and whenever there are some empty dates we would fit in wherever, it doesn’t really matter to me. The council are up for it and it doesn’t take long to organize a GP now and the track is ready to rock and roll.”

Always ready to organize the Grand Prix, Dixon is happy that he still has a couple of months to make it a Grand Prix not to be missed. With little motocross run in the UK in 2020, motocross fans will be desperate to get to Matterley Basin and cheer on their local riders. The job of bringing the event alive is a piece of cake now for Dixon, as a dozen events have been run at his beloved Matterley Basin over the last 15 or so years.

“To organize a Grand Prix, to have it physically up and running, it takes about a week. It doesn’t take long at all and we have the same people, and they all know their job. Now we have a lot of time to organize this year’s GP and I think with the crowds being allowed; it will be a big success.”

So, get prepared for another edition of the British Grand Prix, and again, at one of the most beautiful circuits in the world!

Author: 
Geoff Meyer

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