LIEROP (THE NETHERLANDS), 4 September 2010 During the 14th round of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Lierop, Youthstream and the Baltic Cup Foundation renewed their agreement for the organization of the Latvian Grand Prix until 2013. In 2014 instead the country is set to host the FIM Motocross of Nations.
Photo: (From left to right) Dr. Wolfgang Srb, Mr. Salvis Freimanis, Mr. Giuseppe Luongo, Ms. Nina Birjukova
Motocross in Latvia has improved in an outstanding way in the last few years thanks to the effort of many parties, but especially thanks to the support of the fans, the will of the organizers and the crucial support from the Latvian Government and the Latvian Motorcyclists Federation.
2009 was the first time Latvia hosted a Grand Prix and after such two successful experiences in Kegums, Youthstream and the organizing committee, the Baltic Cup Foundation, have extended the contract until 2013. Besides, Latvia will have the honour of organizing one of the most important events in Motocross as they will run the FIM Motocross of Nations in 2014.
Mr. Giuseppe Luongo, the President of Youthstream, stated: “We do think that Latvia is a very good venue, the collaboration and organization is very good, the support of the Government is great and the relationship with the Federation is also very good. Besides, Latvia is in a part of Europe where Motocross has developed a lot and it is located in a strategic position. For this reason we signed the Nations for 2014 and we are sure that it will be a successful event as well as the Grand Prix. This extension of our agreement will be very good also for the economy of the country, because bringing the Nations to Latvia means to bring around 70 thousand people from all over the World and bring economical benefits to all the region. I want to say thanks to all the Latvian people who have believed in our project and I am sure we will have a big success.”
President of Baltic Cup Foundation Mr. Salvis Freimanis commented: “We all reach a historical moment in the development of Latvian Motocross by signing this contract including the FIM Motocross of Nations in 2014. About 20 years ago we had a dream of organizing a GP of sidecars in Latvia and Dr. Wolfgan Srb supported the idea in ’95 and ’96. Sidecarcross in Latvia was like a mission impossible, but we had an aim and we developed it and reached it, and now the FIM MX World Championship is a reality. Everything was done in the best way we could and we progressed to reach more and more and now we are signing the contract for the Nations in 2014. Of course we have a lot to do to prepare the venue in an excellent way for the MXoN, but I do believe that we will do it.”
FIM/CMS President Dr. Wolfgang Srb ended: “The strong will can move mountains and what was impossible 15 years ago, it is possible now courtesy of the strong spirit of Salvis. To have the FIM Motocross of Nations in Latvia in a very short time now is a dream that has come true but dreams do not come true automatically, behind every dream there is a strong man with strong will and a huge amount of work. I am very happy that they have achieved their goals, and what was a dream many years ago it is now a reality. Congratulations, it is going to be the biggest event Latvia and the Baltic countries have ever seen.”