The 2008 calendar for the FIM MX1/MX2 Motocross World Championship is the following, and includes also the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship and FIM Veterans’ Motocross World Cup rounds. There is also a FIM Junior Championship.
6 April – THE NETHERLANDS – Valkenswaard
20 April – SPAIN – Bellpuig – (Veteran World Cup)
27 April – PORTUGAL – Agueda
11 May – ITALY – Mantova – (Women World Championship)
18 May – BULGARIA – Sevlievo – (Women World Championship)
1 June – GREAT BRITAIN – Foxhills – (Veteran World Cup)
8 June – REPUBLIC OF IRELAND – Dublin
15 June – FRANCE – Saint Jean d’Angely – (Women World Championship)
29 June – GERMANY – Teutschenthal – (Women World Championship)
6 July – SWEDEN – Uddevalla
20 July – SOUTH AFRICA – Nelspruit
3 August – BELGIUM – Namur – (Veteran World Cup)
10 August – CZECH REPUBLIC – Loket
7 September – BENELUX – Lierop – (Women World Championship)
14 September – CITTA DI FAENZA (I) – Faenza
28 September – FIM MOTOCROSS OF NATIONS – Northern Ireland – Moneyglass Demesne
The 2008 calendar for the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship is August 10 in Heerde, Netherlands.
On the Women’s rounds, responding to the quick development of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Cup, FIM Promoter Youthstream is proud to announce that the event has just been promoted to the status of World Championship, being called FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship.
2008 will see the first edition of this brand new World Championship, which will have a total of five rounds, to be held together with the MX1/MX2 events:
11 May, Italy, Mantova
18 May, Bulgaria, Sevlievo
15 June, France, St. Jean D’Angely
29 June, Germany, Teutschenthal
7 September, Benelux, Lierop
The World Cup has increased on its popularity and on its level, and now has all the requirements to equal a World Championship.
Manufacturers such as KTM and Kawasaki are involved in the series, with KTM supporting Steffi Laier through KTM Germany, and Kawasaki supporting reigning Champion Katherine Prumm and Livia Lancelot, through the teams Molson and GPKR respectively.
The FIM Women’s Motocross World Cup started in 2005, and the first winner was German Stephanie Laier. Laier handed the number one to Kiwi Katherine Prumm in 2006, and the Molson Kawasaki rider retained the crown also in 2007, when Kawasaki fellow rider Livia Lancelot eventually ended second, after finishing the previous two seasons in third place. 2007 discovered a handful of new talents, such as first round winner Larissa Papenmeier from Germany, and compatriot Maria Franke, who ended the season with a brilliant third place.
“We thank FIM for upgrading the FIM Motocross Women World Cup to the FIM Motocross Women World Championship. Over the last three years the women have shown their high level as athletes, their professionalism and their strong competitiveness,” Mr. Giuseppe Luongo, President of Youthstream, said. “Following the request from the women riders, the teams participating and the close work with the CMS we have arrived now to build up the Women World Championship, our goal is to have five events in 2008 and to 8 – 10 events by 2010. We believe this will open a complete new market for Motocross and we think this will bring our sport to many women’s TV programs and magazines, it will also help to involve new sponsors linked to the women’s world; such as fashion, cosmetics, etc. We want to thank Dr. Wolfgang Srb and Mrs. Beaulah Schoeman for their never ending support in developing this Championship. We also want to thank the 2006 and 2007 FIM Women World Cup winner Katherine Prumm as a great ambassador for the future Women World Championship.”
“I am very happy that the FIM General Assembly has accepted the proposal to upgrade the FIM WomenÂ´s Motocross World Cup to a World Championship”, said Dr. Wolfgang Srb, President of the Motocross Commission of the FIM. “Youthstream and the various organisers have worked very hard in these past years to promote the Championship. The women have shown their excellent riding skills and talent. The CMS/FIM is looking forward to a great competition in the years to come.”
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SAN DIEGO: ESPN, the San Diego International Sports Council, and Qualcomm Stadium have announced the launch of a new action sports championship event from the ESPN X Games team — the Moto X World Championships.
The annual event will feature the best Moto X riders in the world competing for the title of Moto X World Champion in a variety of disciplines including Freestyle, SuperMoto, Best Trick, Step Up and Moto X Racing. The inaugural Moto X World Championships is scheduled to take place April 12-13, 2008, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego CA and will mark the first time ESPN’s X Games team has returned to the city since it hosted the X Games in 1997 and 1998. Live coverage of the Moto X World Championships will be featured on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN360.com and EXPN.com.
“Given the tremendous success and excitement of Moto X at the X Games, we are very excited to present our first event dedicated exclusively to Moto X,” said Ron Semiao, senior vice president, ESPN Content Development. “The Moto X World Championships will determine the top Moto X freestylers and racers in the world, allowing riders to showcase their talents and the awesome progression of their sport on one of the biggest stages ever. We can’t think of a better place than San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium for an event of this magnitude.”
Joe Moeller, president, San Diego International Sports Council, said, “The city of San Diego and the San Diego International Sports Council are delighted to collaborate with ESPN to bring a world class action sports event such as the inaugural Moto X World Championships to San Diego. “We recognize the ever-increasing growth and popularity of motocross and see this event as an ideal platform to bring the residents of San Diego the best in world class moto competition and entertainment.”
AMA Racing announced today the schedule for the 2008 AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF. Several significant changes to the schedule have been made for 2008, all in the interest of improvement.
According to Doug Neubauer, AMA Vice President of Racing, the 2008 schedule was a collaborative effort created with the input of riders, race teams and the National Promoters Group (NPG). “We set out to accomplish several objectives when producing the schedule for next season,” said Neubauer. “Included among those things was a tighter, more compact season, additional time off for the riders and teams between the end of the AMA Supercross Series and the beginning of AMA Motocross, and an improved flow as the series travels around the nation.”
Additionally, the season will now kick-off in Southern California on Memorial Day weekend and end on the east coast on Labor Day weekend, both dates recognized as the traditional beginning and end of the summer holiday season, respectively.
The Hangtown Motocross Classic from Sacramento, CA has also been moved to avoid conflict with the AMA Superbike Championship event held at nearby Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA. According to AMA Racing, this change was the result of fan input.
The 2008 AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF schedule:
May 25 – Glen Helen Raceway Park, San Bernardino CA
June 1 Hangtown Motocross Classic, Sacramento CA
June 8 Freestone County Raceway, Wortham TX
June 15 High Point Raceway, Mt. Morris PA
June 29 Thunder Valley Motocross Park, Lakewood CO
July 6 Red Bud Track & Trail, Buchanan MI
July 13 Budds Creek Motocross Park, Budds Creek MD
July 20 Unadilla Valley Sports Center, New Berlin NY
July 27 Washougal Motocross Park, Washougal WA
Aug. 17 Spring Creek Motocross Park, Millville MN
Aug. 24 Motocross 338, Southwick MA
Aug. 31 Steel City Raceway, Delmont PA