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MXGP Turkey

The MXGP of Turkey returns to the world championship schedule for the first time since 2009 in September and the enthusiastic promotors held a truly outstanding launch of the event in Istanbuls Ciragan Palace - Best Luxury Hotel worldwide 2016/2017 - on the banks of the Bosphurus.

MXGP Turkey

The dedication to perfection was already evident when chatting with all of those involved in the promotion - a joint-venture between the Turkish Motor Cycle Federation TMF and the community of Afyonkarahisar, where the GP will be held on September 1/2.

 

Afyonkarahisar, situated in the hills at an altitude of 1000 metres in the centre of a quadrat Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya, Izmir, around two and a half hours drive from each flourishing international airport.

 

The city elders are obviously keen to promote their community to a wider audience worldwide. Afyon has long been a centre of Turkish culture, housing the country's marble mining industry and attracting millions of guests annually to the hot spring waters; within a short distance of the purpose-built race track are numerous affordable five-star hotels with 6000 beds.

 

The role of Afyon mayor Barhanettin Cuban in the project is undeniable: "We are a relatively small city of 225,000 people with a modest budget but it is our aim to make Afyon the largest sport complex in Turkey. We have already created major facilities for football, squash and swimming in addition to the traditional thermal attractions and MXGP is the next step."

 

Press agent Ertan Pehlivan added: "The plan is to make the GP the centre of a real festival. We are arranging for rock bands to appear during the week before the race so that, together with our other attractions, visitors can experience a complete holiday in the region."

 

Even the country's potential future race stars were in attendance.

 

Batuhan Demiryol, Turkey's top 450 rider and a local resident to Afyon, will head the MXGP contingent together with two times Dakar veteran Sakir Senkalayci, while the MX2 hopes centre around 15 year old Furkan Valimaki, and who knows, elder sister Efnan Meri, 4th in the Polish round of the European WMX series last summer, might even risk taking on the boys.

 

State governor Mustafa Tutulmaz confirmed the intentions: "Our region has been a cradle of different cultures for more than 2000 years and we extend an invitation to the world. Come to Afyonkarahisar in September !"

 

PHOTOS

 

Furkan Valimaki & sister Efnan Meri

Bartuhan Demiryol with TMF foreign affairs chief Osman Bayram

 

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