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The excitement for the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship continues as the calendar was announced last week. With Argentina beginning the series you couldn’t ask for a better start to the new season. The Neuquén circuit is amongst the best in the world, and the whole experience of Argentina brings a really fresh feel, so starting there will be the perfect intro for what is expected to be a drama filled 2018.
Moving into the legendary circuit of Valkenswaard for rounds two, and the old school fans will come out in their numbers. The Dutch sand track will also give Red Bull KTM Factory rider Jeffrey Herlings the chance to try and win again at his home GP. Winning seven in a row in the MX2 class, then finishing second in MXGP in 2017, you can be sure he will want to once again stand on top of the box in 2018.
Then the circuit moves to another “sand” track in Spain, as we arrive at the Redsand circuit, maybe not as deep sand as Valkenswaard, but it will have that soft feel about it, so expect the Belgians and Dutch to also enjoy this experience.
What a brilliant mix of races for rounds four, five, six and seven as we head to Trentino, Agueda, Orlyonok, and Kegums. Four beautiful facilities, all with their own brand of excitement. Trentino alongside the magic mountains in the north of Italy, Agueda hidden in the Portuguese countryside, Orlyonok, in the mysterious Russia and Kegums, nestled on the outskirts of Riga, in Latvia. All beautiful places and I can’t wait to visit.
Then it’s time for some old school, with the rock-hard circuit of Teutschenthal in the former East Germany, Matterley Basin just a short drive from the birth place of motocross in England, Saint Jean d’Angely, on the coast of France, and a yet to be confirmed venue in Italy.
Two rounds in Indonesia bring us to rounds 12 and 13, and be assured, these two rounds will bring something completely different than anything else in 2018. Pangkal Pinang, that we visited in 2017, and Semarang a new circuit for the MXGP series.
From the new facilities in Indonesia, to the old, as we venture back to Loket in the Czech Republic, Lommel in Belgium, and Uddevalla in Sweden. Tricky circuits, all different, but just as demanding. These three circuits really show the diverse nature of the 2018 series.
Switzerland, Turkey, and Assen, the Netherlands will be three of the favourites in 2018. Frauenfeld has proven to be brilliant for racing, and the new school circuit makes sure viewing is perfect. Turkey will be unknown to us, but previous experiences in Turkey have always been interesting and very different from regular stops like Belgium, Holland and England. Then we have Assen, like Switzerland it’s a fans’ dream race, with 100% viewing and very close action.
The cherry on the top of the 2018 series is the final round at the famous Imola circuit in Italy. What we will get here is unknown, but we are sure the atmosphere will be massive. Antonio Cairoli is a god in Italy, and the Imola circuit has a very rich motorcycle racing history.
Then to finalize the 2018 season we head to USA for the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations. The biggest race of the year, held at the famous Red Bud circuit in USA. It doesn’t get any better for the end of season party that is the MXoN.