Hard to believe that just five months ago was the conclusion of the 2012 World MX Championships, with the Motocross of Nations in Lommel, Belgium.

The 2013 MX GP’s begin this weekend with many new changes – all intended for the growth of the sport to make it global.

A few of the changes – the first two GP’s are in Qatar, and next weekend Thailand. This is a big change from the history of the World Championships. However, growth and change is the future of the sport. In the future, you will also see the World Championships expand into new markets – as this is the future required for growth.

Visiting Qatar is an eye-opening experience. Everything in the capital (Doha) is new, with giant sky-scraper hotels, shops, and opulence. It is very westernized as well.

Next – the facility of the race track in QatarThe Losail International Circuit. Amazing. The only thing currently on the American scene that is even close would be the Daytona International Speedway. The facilities for the media, teams, and spectators are amazing. Huge. First class. Modern. And you never have to walk on dirt to watch the race. The QMMF (Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation), under the guidance of Mr. Nasser Khalifa Al Attiya, has done an amazing job. The facility also hosts a MotoGP event, also run at night. For the motocross teams, each has it’s own set of garages to work out of.

Another aspect that is new for the World Championships – this race will be run at night. And on Friday and Saturday instead of the traditional Saturday and Sunday. Friday night will be Qualifying races for both MX1 and MX2. Saturday night will be the Grand Prix, with another change – the SuperFinal, which combines both MX1 and MX2 riders in the same race – something similar to combining classes as done in the Motocross of Nations.

The riders are excited to start the season in Qatar as well. In talking with many of the top riders, they all agree, and understand, for the future of the sport, it must grow into new markets. They, and the teams are very excited.

More articles coming from Qatar and the opening round of the world motocross championships in the next few hours and days. Coming next – what the teams think about the start of the new season, and Qatar.

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Max Anstie at the Qatar International Circuit. Max rides for the Rockstar Energy Suzuki MX2 team

Tony Cairoli with Qatar Motor and Motorcycling President Mr. Nasser

World MX1 Motocross Champion with Qatar Motor and Motorcycling President Mr. Nasser Khalifa Al Attiya

The Losail International Circuit

The Losail International Circuit


Doha, capital of Qatar, skyline at night




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