Motocross Grand Prix of Belgium cranks into life!
The location of the 2009 Grand Prix of Belgium is in an area called Limburg. The following press release is about the upcoming Belgian Grand Prix of Motocross.
Diggers and heavy machinery moved across the sand of the renowned Lommel circuit last week as preparation work and plans commenced for the 2009 Grand Prix of Limburg, the twelfth round of fifteen in the FIM Motocross World Championship.
The difficult and rippled terrain of the race course – located in the heart of the Limburg region – faces a number of alterations for the 2009 edition of the Grand Prix; the Belgian stop on the calendar representing one of the most prestigious and historic meetings of the schedule. Organisers of the well-supported event have listened to feedback from the 2008 incarnation, which was the first visit of the world championship to Lommel for the MX1 and MX2 classes since the inception of the new categories in 2004, in an effort to offer a better experience for visitors.
Enhanced visibility is the first priority and the layout of the track has been chiselled slightly differently to allow room for natural grandstands, constructed through packing sand and terrain to form banking. Aside from this, several temporary seating galleries will be wheeled into place boosting the excellent viewing potential for another 2000 guests.
With the expectations of the spectator in mind the track has also been shifted in areas to gain more space on the exterior of the race fences, sacrificing infield dimensions but giving more possibilities to the public keen to get as close to the action as possible.
Construction and formation has tentatively begun for the Grand Prix and will steadily increase in the five weeks leading up to the first chime of engines around Lommel.
In other news a new parking system involves a ‘Park and Ride’ scheme to use the wider areas around the venue and allow visitors a faster getaway after the podium champagne has faded into the air. Local company ‘De Lijn’ is providing a valuable service with this facility and ensure that fans can be from their cars to the track-side entrances in ten minutes.
“It is quite exciting to see things start to move” commented former five times World Motocross Champion and head of the Limburg project Eric Geboers. “We have great plans for the future of Lommel and Limburg as a real home of motocross. I think this track is well-known in off-road racing circles around the world and now the challenge is to make sure that the words ‘Lommel’ and ‘Limburg’ become associated with those of a good racing event. We had our first GP last year and it was a big learning experience and now we have more people like 10-time World Motocross Champion Stefan Everts and important figures from within the Belgian political sphere sharing our belief for the potential of Lommel. We will have some more news soon about what we can offer for 2009 but I think the extensions to the circuit that are already on the planning board represent advancement.”
The 2009 Grand Prix of Limburg will also witness the second edition of MX Rookie; a launch-pad for new talent. Practice will take place for young, hopeful amateurs on Tuesday with qualification on Wednesday and the races on Friday. In a forceful measure of support for the scheme, entry for the classes has been made FREE and subscription must be made by Friday July 10th. See www.mxrookie.com for more details.
International and national Media will be invited to a special pre-event occasion on Friday morning and Friday evening.
For more information about the 2009 Grand Prix of Limburg please look at: www.gplimburg.com