After attending thirty-five events on different continents last year, those of us at MX Vice have acquired answers to a lot of questions that you have. That is why things have opened up in this new feature. If there is something on your mind, email [email protected] or get in contact via the various MX Vice social media channels.
"On a scale of one to ten, how excited are you that the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship will wrap up in Hong Kong?" asked Phil Gee on the MXVice.UK Facebook page.
It was a surprise to see that this change had been made and there are lot of questions that surround the move, as this is the first time that there have been two flyaway races in the same country at different points in the season. This obviously contributes to more expenditure, right? Potentially. There could have been a greater issue though. When the Grand Prix calendar was initially announced, Hong Kong and Shanghai were back-to-back with the latter taking place ten days later on a Wednesday. A ten-day difference between the two was putting a lot of teams in a sticky situation.
It is likely that a majority of riders would have flown home, had the schedule stayed that way, so the teams would have still ended up paying for two different flights. It is likely that would have worked out to be a bit cheaper anyway, as a hotel for ten days in China is not exactly cheap. It is not like Indonesia anyway. Moving Hong Kong right to the end of the schedule is not as catastrophic as it could have been, as far as cost goes, bearing that in mind. It is just the additional shipping that must be taken into account and it remains to be seen how many of the smaller teams will even attempt to make the journey
It seems that is the biggest concern that some have at this point: Will the smaller teams really invest in the travel when there is not as much to gain so late in the season? It remains to be seen, of course, but look at what the entry lists were like at Glen Helen a few years ago. That is arguably the best indication of what to expect. From a personal point of view, there being a single week between the last round and the Motocross of Nations takes away from both races. It is nice to have time to reflect on the season that just wrapped up and properly look ahead to the Motocross of Nations, you know? Maybe that is just an issue that is specific to me though. – @_LewisPhillips
"Why is it that Youthstream year after year fail to deal with the issue of MXGP riders heading Stateside? Fully understand that America is a big market and massive for supercross, but MXGP is a growing series and a proper world championship. Yet we seem quite okay with losing the likes of [Thomas] Covington, [Marshal] Weltin, [Hunter] Lawrence and [Dylan] Ferrandis! Imagine if there was a way to keep them, like by upping the age rule in MX2? Would be an incredible MXGP class if we had all of our talent in it!" asked Jonathon Pannell on the MXVice.UK Facebook page.
I understand that you are passionate about keeping riders in the FIM Motocross World Championship, but I do not believe that there is anything that can be done by any of the powers that be. The fact that a handful of riders choose to travel across to the USA is nothing to do with the age rule or anything like that, it is just a personal decision. Most are attracted to Monster Energy Supercross and it is really impossible to replicate that in Europe. Put simply, no hands are forced in these scenarios. Thomas Covington could have spent one more year in the MX2 class, for instance, but just felt the time was right to head home. – @_LewisPhillips
"Is the latest calendar the final one? Why has Switzerland been taken off, as it was probably one of my favourites?" asked @PhilMalins on the @motocrossvice Twitter account.
Yes, I think that this is the last version of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship calendar. There are no more holes left to fill, now that Mantova has been named as the circuit for the Grand Prix of Lombardia, and it is quite late now anyway. I presume that only unforeseen circumstances would force a date to change now, like the way that the Grand Prix of Sweden vanished from the schedule in January a year ago. Speaking of Switzerland, it was not too much of a surprise to see that disappear as there were some problems there. The promoters faced opposition from some environmental organisations last year and, depending on who you speak to, it was a miracle that event went ahead. – @_LewisPhillips
"Who is going to be the second rider at Red Bull KTM?" asked Cristiano Rodrigues on the MXVice.com Facebook page.
I presume that you are referring to the second MX2 rider at Red Bull KTM? It was confirmed that they have signed Tom Vialle to sit alongside Jeffrey Herlings and fill the position that Pauls Jonass vacated. Are you in need of more information about the new signing? Vialle competed in EMX250 a year ago for LRT KTM and finished eighth in the championship standings. Now, although that does not sound very impressive, he did win a moto at the Grand Prix of Russia and score five more moto podiums throughout the season. There is potential there! It may take a little while to unearth it though.– @_LewisPhillips
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Monster Energy Media/Octopi