MXGP’s Annual Organizers meeting has taken place this weekend in Andorra at the Arthotel of Andorra la Vella. The special annual event serves as meeting for all the Organizers of the upcoming FIM Motocross World Championship events and gives a chance for the newest Organizers to learn from the successful strategies of their long time and experienced counterparts in a very positive atmosphere.
Youthstream’s Director of Communications and Marketing Services, Marionna Leiva, opened the event by introducing those present, which included Youthstream President Mr. Giuseppe Luongo, Youthstream Vice President David Luongo, Youthstream Directors Mr. Nikos Gounaris, Mr. Daniele Rizzi and Mr Didier Henriod, FIM representatives such as FIM/CMS Director Mr. Tony Skillington, FIM Race Director Mr. Ingo Partsch, and FIM Medical Director David McManus, in addition to various organizers of the 2019 MXGP rounds, among all a delegation from Shanghai representing the MXGP of China attending the event with a great willing and motivation to host MXGP in 2019.
The meeting included a presentation detailing Youthstream’s departments to the Organizers with some important points to follow and tips to help them host successful events in 2019. Following the introduction and important notes, the new and returning venues were presented starting with the MXGP stop of China in Shanghai, Indonesia in Palembang, Sweden in Uddevalla, Hong Kong, and finally the 2019 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations at the famous Assen TT Circuit of the Netherlands.
Youthstream President Mr. Giuseppe Luongo joined on stage where he welcomed everyone and spoke highly of how the 2018 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations showcased the ability of MXGP riders who developed their talents through the demanding World Championship races and tracks. Mr. Luongo also spoke of the importance of the Youth program in order to grow the professionalism of riders and the continued cooperation between Youthstream, the FIM, and the local Organizers.
Mr. Giuseppe Luongo: “We are all here because we love the sport. We create a future, there are a lot of young kids in the European Championship and MX2 who are very fast and they push the level of MXGP to be as strong as it is now.”
Mr. Luongo also expressed his joy of being able to host the Organizers in a meeting during the off season as part of the MXGP family and continued by mentioning the need to improve the championship through focusing on the details. Additionally highlighted was the growth of the spectator numbers and the massive improvement of longtime facilities along with the quick success of new venues.
FIM/CMS Director Tony Skillington: “2018 was a fantastic and exciting season, I was happy to be a part of it. What we can see all around is the growth, the professionalism, the dedication to do hard work. I, in my youth, was an organizer and I am very appreciative of the hard work, time, and effort that people go through to put on the quality events that they do.”
Afterwards Organizers from both the MXGP of Russia and the MXGP of China each took the microphone to say a few words with the representatives from Shanghai expressing the honor they felt to be a part of this event in Andorra. Pleased with the ability to both learn and share valuable information they continued to say how excited they are to present Shanghai to the world.
The entire event was also held on the eve of the Annual FIM Awards ceremony held at the Sports Arena in Androa La Vella where the 2018 FIM Champions from various two-wheeled disciplines where gathered to be rewarded during a stunning Gala dinner.
In front of all special guests, media and Federations’ representatives MXGP World Champion Jeffrey Herlings, MX2 World Champion Jorge Prado, WMX World Champion Kiara Fontanesi, Junior Motocross World Champions Bailey Malkiewicz and Caden Braswell, plus Snowcross World Champion Adam Renheim went on stage to receive their FIM Medal.
With the meeting concluded and the organizers informed and well prepared, the 2019 season is now one step closer to the highly anticipated first gate drop this March!