News: French Elite in 2020

Getting the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship underway again is obviously the priority for everyone in Europe – that is what the industry is in desperate need of. That means that national championships are left scrambling over the scraps though and, whilst each federation works extremely hard to salvage their series, the FFM has adopted a unique approach. The 2020 French Elite series is going to be a one-round showdown.

A recent update from the FFM confirmed that the series would be run on August 15/16 at Castelnau de Levis. There is currently a Grand Prix scheduled for that date, which means that they would not be able to attract the biggest stars, but the results from that one round will determine who is crowned the champion in both MX1 and MX2. This opens up an interesting debate. Is that really a championship? Is one round better than nothing at all?

The Dutch Masters has been cancelled completely, whereas the ADAC MX Masters in Germany will run a reduced calendar in September and October. The ACU British Championship is currently down to one race, following the cancellation of rounds six and seven, but more events should be announced soon.

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News: MXGB in 2020

Rounds six and seven of the 2020 ACU British Motocross Championship calendar have been cancelled, following recent government guidance. The events were set to take place at Desertmartin and Culham. A full press release is below.

Press Release

Following an address by the Prime Minister on Sunday May 10, the Auto-Cycle Union has released a joint statement with the AMCA in which a potential phased return of motorcycle sport from July 04 is outlined. It may be possible for small, well managed events to resume after July 04. However, all national championships including MXGB will not be permitted until the following two main criteria have been met.

– The government deem that the whole of the UK has moved into level two of the guideline.

– That the travel restrictions imposed by the Welsh, Scottish and Northern Ireland governments have been lifted.

The ACU directors and sporting committees will continue to closely monitor the situation, but in the meantime the announcement means that unfortunately the MXGB rounds scheduled for June 21 and July 12 respectively will not take place as planned.

Whilst we all want to return to racing as soon as possible, our overriding concern during this pandemic is for the continued safety and well-being of everyone involved in organising, participating and attending MXGB events.

Further updates will be issued in due course.

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Following recent updates from the government within the UK, the ACU has released the following statement with updates on their plans to get motocross back on track. A full statement is below.

Press Release

The ACU Board of Directors met virtually yesterday (12 May 2020) to discuss the phased return to motorcycle sport following Monday’s publication of the UK government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy.

The ACU, in partnership with the AMCA, have decided that a phased return to sporting events will commence in parallel with the government’s step three. This coincides with the reopening of remaining business, public places and leisure facilities that have been required to close. As of May 12, step three is due to begin from July 04 but this is under constant review. We will assess the situation again when the government implements step two, envisaged to be June 01.

In the coming weeks, the ACU and AMCA will publish guidance documents for organisers looking to run restricted events after this time. This will give organisers time to consider the implications of continued social distancing and prepare future events safely.

In order to reflect the differences in devolved administrations, no British championship enduro, motocross, trials or speedway will take place until travel restrictions between England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man have been lifted and other factors considered (in line with government guidance).

The ACU and AMCA would like to thank all our members for their patience during this difficult time and we appreciate the steps taken by many individuals, clubs and organisations to support local communities during these unprecedented events.

For further information, please see the ACU’s coronavirus operational plan. We would remind all members that these plans are subject to change, and will be taken in line with the latest UK government guidance.

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ACU Statement: Illegal Riding

Those of you who have scoured social media throughout the lockdown would have seen that illegal riding has spiked in the UK lately, with a handful of different locations being hit. The governing body in the United Kingdom, the ACU, just released a statement on the matter.

Press Release

Despite the current lockdown, some people are choosing to flout the rules and risk the future of our sport by illegally utilising forestry commission land and private venues.

Illegal activity on forestry commission land is a criminal offence and puts all legitimate events at risk.

The ACU take a zero tolerance approach to this in partnership with the forestry commission, and local police. Anyone caught illegally riding on forestry commission land can expect:

– Your bike WILL be impounded under Section 56 by the forestry commission and police.

– You WILL be prosecuted for a criminal act by the police.

– You WILL be reported to ACU/AMCA head office for a termination of your competition licence. This will be shared with all authorising bodies.

If you have any information, you are encouraged to contact the police through 101.

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Debrief: Tim Lightfoot

With the 2020 ACU British Championship currently on hold, due to the coronavirus pandemic that is having an impact on series across the globe, all involved in MXGB are working tirelessly to make plans for the rest of the year. Tim Lightfoot, the championship manager at MXGB, provides some insight into the work that is going on behind the scenes below.

MX Vice: The COVID-19 situation is much bigger than our sport, but how is it trying to make plans for the 2020 ACU British Championship? Is it possible to plan at this stage or is it a case of waiting for the go ahead from the powers that be?

Tim Lightfoot: As we have all seen, COVID-19 is a global pandemic that is devastating public health and economies around the world. The ACU is continuing to monitor the situation closely in the UK and in line with government advice has suspended motorcycle events until the end of May.

From MXGB’s perspective the difficulty we face is the uncertainty of not knowing how long the restrictions will be in place. We have seen the first five rounds of the adult championship affected by bad weather and then coronavirus, that said we remain hopeful and 100% committed to restarting the championship if and when the situation in the UK allows.

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Whilst it is a case of waiting, we have been planning and working through different scenarios. One of our considerations is to monitor changes in the MXGP calendar, as the world championship continues to be badly affected by the coronavirus situation internationally. We have MXGP teams racing in the ACU British MX Championship so want to avoid clashing with those dates.

During the lockdown we have been speaking with all of the major manufacturers involved in the MXGB series as well as team managers, riders and organisers to get their thoughts and input. This has been a very constructive process and one that has given some great feedback that is informing our thinking. We are all affected by the coronavirus and everyone involved in the series is working together in trying to get the best possible outcome.

Is there potentially an option where new tracks will have to be looked at, due to a clash of dates, or is it fairly certain that the current eight venues will all be in the mix to host an event when we can go racing again?

It is too soon to say for sure how many rounds will be run, and which venues will feature in a rescheduled championship. We are talking with all of the organisers involved in the original championship to establish if they can run on a new date. This may not be possible in some cases so we are exploring different options for when we can start racing again.

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Is there a certain number of rounds that would be considered the minimum that’s needed in order to call this a championship? Are there any wild ideas being floated around to help get the number of rounds as high as possible?

This is also something we are discussing with our series partners and if a summer restart is possible then we would want to reschedule at least 50% of the championship. We have been looking at the options around extending the championship to the end of October, which is probably as late as we can run before daylight and weather become a factor. We are of course looking at how we can get the maximum number of rounds in the time available and also ways to increase the race count, such as the possibility of introducing a double header.

Over the coming weeks and months, we will continue to monitor the situation and discuss our options with the various partners involved in the MXGB championship. For now, the most important thing is for everyone to stay safe and well.

These unprecedented times have obviously forced everyone to adapt and it sounds like MXGB has already done that by shelving the races that are combined with the BYC series for 2020. What was the reason for that?

Yes, we have been considering what is in the best interests of both the adult and youth British Championships and the remaining rounds of this year’s adult championship will now be standalone events and not incorporate the British Youth Championship. This decision was taken in consultation with the manufacturers, team managers and riders with the aim of putting on the best possible adult championship at the best available venues. Likewise, we feel this will give the BYC more options and we are working with Gareth Hockey and his team to ensure the best possible standalone British Youth Championship.

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Cancelled: Dutch Masters

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All four rounds of the 2020 Dutch Masters have been cancelled – the series will not run! That announced filtered through from the promoters just moments ago. The full press release is below.

Press Release

The clubs were ready – an impressive field of top riders was ready – but unfortunately Dutch Masters of Motocross 2020 is cancelled. It was a tough decision for the KNMV and partners, but the impact of the coronavirus crisis makes it impossible to push through for this season.

Due to the measures taken against the coronavirus, the curtain for the opening round in Harfsen on March 29 already fell last week. In addition, we are dealing with changes in the MXGP calendar. As a result, the Dutch Masters final for the 250cc and 500cc at the Zwarte Cross already became a no-go. Other free weekends are also filling up fast. That makes moving race days difficult, if not without a chance. In short: There is no longer a possibility to hold a full-fledged Dutch Masters of Motocross competition in 2020.

Your Health.

Moreover, there are currently more important issues in society than motocross. The health and safety of riders, teams, fans and all volunteers at the organising clubs is always our priority. This is a tough pill to swallow not just for the KNMV, but especially for the organising clubs MC Hamac Harfsen, Stichting Circuit Oldebroek, MACRO Rhenen and MACL/Zwarte Cross and all their volunteers. They would love to have had a great season with the riders, teams and sponsors.

2021

This must now wait until 2021. Thanks to the support of our main sponsors Jumbo and Red Bull, we can continue the competition next year! In the meantime, the KNMV is looking at possibilities to add a number of regular ONK races to the 2020 motocross calendar. We are also working on a new programme for the Friday (July 17) and Sunday (July 19) of the Zwarte Cross.

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Updates: 2020 MXGB

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In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak, the next two rounds of the 2020 ACU British Motocross Championship will not go ahead as planned. The following press release announces that news.

Press Release

Following the recent COVID-19 outbreak that has halted sporting events across the world, those at the ACU British Motocross Championship can announce that rounds two and three of the 2020 MXGB campaign are not going to go ahead as planned.

The decision to not head to the historic circuits of Hawkstone Park and Lyng over the next month has been made with the health of everyone taken into account. The safety of the competitors, team personnel, fans and everyone at the track is of paramount importance. Not putting more pressure on the NHS, at a difficult time, was also considered when making this decision.

The next scheduled race on the 2020 ACU British Motocross Championship calendar, Foxhill on the 3rd May, is going to go ahead at the time of writing. The status of this event will be assessed on an ongoing basis and will of course be subject to change from the advice and guidance or the organising bodies or any additional restrictions imposed by the UK government.

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Cancelled: Little Silver

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The opening round of 2020 ACU British Motocross Championship, scheduled to be held at Little Silver tomorrow, has been cancelled. That is not a decision that’s been made due to the Coronavirus, but because of a rather wet paddock. The bleak forecast for tomorrow has also been taken into account. A statement is below.

“Following meetings with the organisers, race direction, landowner and team managers the decision has been made that due to the weather conditions and forecast for the next 24 hours the racing scheduled for Sunday March 15 for the ACU British Motocross Championship and Judd KTM British Youth Championship has been postponed. Please understand this decision wasn’t taken lightly however the health and safety of riders and spectators is paramount. Please stay tuned for further announcements in the coming days.”

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Race Programme: Little Silver

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It’s round one of the 2020 ACU British Championship schedule! Who would have thought that Little Silver would end up being the biggest motocross event in the world this weekend? Bearing that in mind, one would think that following the action is on the cards for most fans. How can one do that? Everything that you need to know ahead of time can be found below. Think of this as a virtual programme! It’ll save you some time at the track.

The Entries

MX1

4

Jake Shipton

10

Jason Meara

14

Luke Burton

15

Jake Millward

17

Luke Smith

22

Richard McKeown

24

Shaun Simpson

28

John Robson

29

Keirren Genge

32

Brent Van Doninck

44

Elliott Banks-Browne

45

Jake Nicholls

49

John Adamson

50

Martin Barr

57

Tony Craig

60

John Meara

65

Jacob Joyce

66

Lewis Tombs

68

Josh Bentley

69

Aidan Wigger

95

Dan Thornhill

100

Tommy Searle

111

Eythor Reynisson

119

Mel Pocock

134

Liam Knight

151

Harri Kullas

162

Stuart Edmonds

166

Josh Taylor

180

Josh Spinks

211

Jayden Ashwell

295

Ross Rutherford

300

Charlie Hamlet

311

Aaron McCarroll

360

Nathan Dixon

714

Brad Todd

777

Evgeny Bobryshev

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MX2

3

Josh Gilbert

4

Robert Yates

6

Carlton Husband

9

Lewis Hall

10

Michael Ellis

11

Matt Burrows

16

Tom Grimshaw

19

Tom Neal

20

Ben Putnam

25

Jamie Law

32

Calum Mitchell

40

Jamie Wainwright

48

Adam Collings

49

Callum Green

52

Jack Bintcliffe

60

Brad Anderson

63

Oliver Benton

77

Jay Hague

82

Charlie Cole

91

Charlie Putnam

98

Bas Vaessen

99

Howard Wainwright

103

Max Broadbelt

110

Max Ingham

115

Ashton Dickinson

122

Jake Sheridan

123

Rossi Beard

161

Aidan Williams

212

Ben Clarke

217

Eddie Jay Wade

261

Jorgen Matthias Talviku

300

Ben Franklin

337

Glenn McCormick

365

Sam Nunn

426

Conrad Mewse

511

Steven Clarke

575

Taylor Hammal

712

Josh Peters

912

Joel Rizzi

998

Todd Kellett

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The Times

08:45

MX1 Time Practice

09:30

MX2 Time Practice

10:15

65cc Moto Four

10:45

50cc Moto Four

11:05

SW85 Moto Four

12:00

MX1 Moto One

12:45

MX2 Moto One

13:30

MXY2 Moto Three

14:05

BW85 Moto Four

14:40

MX1 Moto Two

15:25

MX2 Moto Two

16:00

MXY2 Moto Four

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The Weather

02:00

Little Rain (9)

05:00

Little Rain (9)

08:00

Rain (9)

11:00

Light Rain (9)

14:00

Cloudy (10)

17:00

Cloudy (9)

20:00

Cloudy (7)

23:00

Clear (6)

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The Pre-Entry List: Little Silver

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The 2020 ACU British Championship will fire into life at the old-school circuit of Little Silver this weekend! The Coronavirus will not stop this thing from going ahead. Who will take part in the MX1 and MX2 classes at round one of eight? The pre-entry list can be viewed in full below. Follow MX Vice for live updates from the venue on Sunday.

MX1

4

Jake Shipton

10

Jason Meara

14

Luke Burton

15

Jake Millward

17

Luke Smith

22

Richard McKeown

24

Shaun Simpson

28

John Robson

29

Keirren Genge

32

Brent Van Doninck

44

Elliott Banks-Browne

45

Jake Nicholls

49

John Adamson

50

Martin Barr

57

Tony Craig

60

John Meara

65

Jacob Joyce

66

Lewis Tombs

68

Josh Bentley

69

Aidan Wigger

95

Dan Thornhill

100

Tommy Searle

111

Eythor Reynisson

119

Mel Pocock

134

Liam Knight

151

Harri Kullas

162

Stuart Edmonds

166

Josh Taylor

180

Josh Spinks

211

Jayden Ashwell

295

Ross Rutherford

300

Charlie Hamlet

311

Aaron McCarroll

360

Nathan Dixon

714

Brad Todd

777

Evgeny Bobryshev

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MX2

3

Josh Gilbert

4

Robert Yates

6

Carlton Husband

9

Lewis Hall

10

Michael Ellis

11

Matt Burrows

16

Tom Grimshaw

19

Tom Neal

20

Ben Putnam

25

Jamie Law

32

Calum Mitchell

40

Jamie Wainwright

48

Adam Collings

49

Callum Green

52

Jack Bintcliffe

60

Brad Anderson

63

Oliver Benton

77

Jay Hague

82

Charlie Cole

91

Charlie Putnam

98

Bas Vaessen

99

Howard Wainwright

103

Max Broadbelt

110

Max Ingham

115

Ashton Dickinson

122

Jake Sheridan

123

Rossi Beard

161

Aidan Williams

212

Ben Clarke

217

Eddie Jay Wade

261

Jorgen Matthias Talviku

300

Ben Franklin

337

Glenn McCormick

365

Sam Nunn

426

Conrad Mewse

511

Steven Clarke

575

Taylor Hammal

712

Josh Peters

912

Joel Rizzi

998

Todd Kellett

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Ray Archer