Calendar for season 2020 released
Following two months of intense discussions and negotiation, the calender for the FIM World Sidecar Motocross season is taking shape. With an agreed maximum number of twelve rounds scheduled, seven are already finalised and put to bed, with reserved dates allocated for those organisers yet to confirm.
Martin Bena and his WSC organisation has worked closely with the FIM in his inaugural year as promoter of the series, and no stone was left unturned in finding suitable candidates to run Grands Prix races. An organiser's meeting held at the FIM congress in Monaco gave candidates the opportunity to appraise themselves of the benefits of holding a world class event, and the process was underway. There has also been a huge amount of cooperation and collaboration from those organisers who were keen to join the party early, and this has been enormously helpful in subsequent discussions.
The Netherlands is traditionally at the heart of this amazing sport, so it is only fitting that the season kicks off just as it did two season ago, at the famous Oss circuit. The organisers in Oss have sidecar motocross in their DNA, and were delighted to be offered the chance once again to run the series opener.
They, like all the other organisers, were keen to share in the huge increase in public awareness of this spectacular sport, which is now moving into a new era of publicity and global exposure.
Kramolin in the Czech Republik welcomes the series back for round two, with a deep desire for better weather conditions than those blighting last year's event. The Kramolin track is another venue steeped in sidecar cross tradition. And always attracts a large and enthusiastic crowd.
From here, the circus moves the following weekend for round three, to what was widely recognised as the best venue last season. The Bucha complex in the Ukraine is a purpose-built facility, and is another hugely supported race. The fans there make the teams very welcome, and the track is superb.
Next up at the time of going to press is Lommel in Belgium, yet to totally confirm, but that decision is imminent. Belgium is another deeply loyal sidecar cross nation, and a wealth of former world champions hail from this great country.
The Lange complex in Estonia is a new venue in this far-flung Baltic country which has more that a small dose of sidecar cross fever. They were keen to throw their hat in the ring, and their participation is strongly welcomed.
A couple of dates are as yet unfilled before we move into the closing rounds at new locations in Slovenia and the Czech republic. The Orehova Vas motocross complex sits in a beautiful part of Slovenia close to its border with Austria. The organisers here are totally excited about the prospect of bringing world-class action to the region.
From Slovenia it's back to the Czech Republik and the Jinin MX Enduro track, for what is planned to be the penultimate round. This is another fantastic complex, and is located in the south of the country close to Strakonice.
A great deal of thought and planning has gone into minimising travel time and distance for the teams, and this has been an added factor in bringing the schedule together.
The series finale is as yet not firmed up, but negotiations are underway to ensure the championship ends on a high.