When the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship calendar was shared for the first time, most were extremely disappointed to see that RedSand was not on there. RedSand, a Spanish circuit that is used for testing by a majority of high-profile teams, hosted a round of the Grand Prix series for the first time in 2018. Now, following plenty of debate online, those in power at the circuit have taken to social media to reveal that there will never be another MXGP round at the venue.
"Already in a definitive way, RedSand will not welcome the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship. Yesterday we confirmed what we feared most and that [is that] the aid committed for the first edition, 2018, will not be paid! This generates an irreparable hole in the finances of society. I will not comment now the guilt that this has happened like this and, because it is produced, this more than clear that it is more incompetence of the institutions. I feel personally very disappointed. For our part we are in full compliance with our obligations and commitments, but that today I realise that it does not matter to anyone and less to the political class.
"It is very easy to say that it supports sport with a big mouth and then evaded responsibilities with complex conventions that are delivered four months after having performed the event with conditions that of course are difficult to adjust. The damage to RedSand is huge, even I am considering the closure of our facilities to the conclusion of this season, because, no longer the economic damage, but the moral and mind is very strong.
"I thank everyone for your support during these last months, in which you have shown interest and transmitted encouragement to move forward, but now you know the situation. We will not perform more races in RedSand nor of the Valencia territorial, no one has acted well with us and they have dedicated themselves to passing the ball to each other shirking responsibility and of course the only ones who are injured are us and the fans. The others will forget it soon, but they have forgotten it already and they will already think of their posts, their armchairs and their quota of power that is really the only thing that [they are] worried [about]."
There will be no Grand Prix in Spain in 2019, as a result of this, but those in the south of Europe are familiar with that by now. There was not a Spanish stop in the calendar in 2017 either.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: KTM Images/Ray Archer