MXGP adds Swiss event for 2016 season

The Motocross (MXGP) World Championship motorcycling series will return to Switzerland next year after agreeing a new race deal.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but the MXGP of Switzerland will be held over the weekend of August 6-7, 2016 in Frauenfeld/Gahnang. The 2015 MXGP season commenced in Losail, Qatar on February 28 and includes a further 18 events in Thailand, Argentina, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, UK, France, Germany, Sweden, Latvia, Czech Republic, Belgium, Mexico and the US.

Giuseppe Luongo, president of series organiser Youthstream, said: “The Swiss Federation are very professional and they have been able to put together a package which is fantastic to host the MXGP of Switzerland. It is good to show our sport is growing, new venues are showing interest and old ones are coming back.”

Wolfgang Srb, president of FIM Europe, the European arm of the International Motorcycling Federation, added: “In times where major motorsport series have an increasing number of fly-away races outside of Europe I am very happy about the return of Switzerland to the calendar. There will be a combination of MXGP and MX2 as well as races for the European Motocross Championship and I am convinced that the Swiss organiser will do its utmost for a great weekend of motocross.”

In other motocross news, Russia has been awarded the hosting rights for the 2016 FIM Junior Motocross World Championship. The event will be staged at Orlyonok, a federal state camp for children located in the Southern Federal District of Russia, on the eastern shore of the Black Sea.