April 5, 2008: Valkenswaard, Holland
In news that will be released officially tomorrow to the world-wide press, Mr. Giuseppe Luongo, President of Youthstream & Youthstream USA, along with Dr. Wofgang Srb, President of the FIM’s Motocross Commission, and Chairman of the Motocross Strategic Commitee, announced this evening a brand new, unique and special concept to the sport of motocross worldwide. Their anouncement in short terms:
The FIM Pro-Am Team World Cup.
The first FIM Pro-Am Team World Cup will be held in the USA in 2009, most likely in September, and most likley in Calfornia. The event is almost one week of activity, the culminates with a final race on Saturday of that week.
The event location will have 7 tracks, each branded and managed by a manufacturer: Honda, Kawasaski, Yamaha, Suzuki, KTM, Aprillia, and Husqvarna. Amateur riders will ride their brand of bike on their branded track, racing to qualify for the finale.
During the week, each brand and track will hold races to narrow hundreds of amateur racers down to just one that will qualify to race for that brand in the finale. In the finale, each manufacturer will field a four man team. Each manufacturer selects it’s top three racers (from any country in the world), and that one amateur will get the dream of a lifetime to race with the top stars in the motorcycling world.
So, the teams will compete as brands, to see which brand can win the FIM Pro-Am Team World Cup event. Since the top pros and amateurs are coming from all over the world, it combines the best from the GP series and the AMA Nationals series to unify the sport, much like the Motocross of Nations currently does each year.
In addition, during the entire almost week long event, there will be live music, entertainment, freestyle, and supercross. There will also be many activities for fans to participate in each day.
It not only is a new concept that’s needed is what some might say has become a sport not growing like it should, and, it takes amateur racing to a new level that’s never been done before.