Ten reasons to watch Grand Prix motocross in 2013.
With the World Championship just about to start here are ten things that will make the series fantastic to watch in 2013.
1. The Brits – The British riders are really coming on strong again in GP motocross. Tommy Searle will be going for race wins in the 450 class with Shaun Simpson also hoping that good starts will see him closer to the front as well. In MX2 Jake Nicholls is in prime position to be Herlings nearest challenger as is Max Anstie on the factory Suzuki. Elliot Banks -Browne and Mel Pocock are coming into the season in the form of their lives and could position themselves as regular top ten finishers.
2. New Tracks – Going to places like Qatar and Thailand may be more expensive for the teams but having a night race and couple of new tracks to watch the best riders in the world adapt too is always exciting for the fans and brings new exposure to the sport.
3. Superfinal – It is controversial but getting to see the top 20 from each class in one race is pretty exciting. It really is the best of the best in one race and, as we saw in the Italian Championship, Herlings can run on the pace of the top MX1 riders so the overseas races will have an extra dimension this year!
4. The Graduates– It will be interesting to see how former MX2 riders Tommy Searle, Jeremy Van Horebeek and Joel Roelants will do in MX1 this season. All three are fast and all three will want to be in the mix.
5. Depth in MX1 – With so many race potential race winners and fifteen guys all capable of podiums, the racing should be brilliant all the way through the field.
6. British GP – The best race of the year on one of the best tracks with the fervent British crowd. The festival of motocross is back and Tommy Searle will want to win again but this time in MX1!
7. Young guns – Herlings is the overwhelming favourite but there is a plethora of young riders in MX2 wanting to step up to the plate. At least ten guys will think this is their year to be a regular podium contender -the racing behind Herlings should be white hot!
8. Antonio Cairoli – Tony is a living legend, anytime you get to see this guy racing in his prime is something pretty special. The Italian is going for his seventh world title this season – only Stefan Everts has more!
9. Variety of tracks – There are 18 rounds in 17 different countries on a variety of tracks. It really is the ultimate test in motocross where the most versatile and well rounded rider will win.
10. A full weekend’s action – Seeing the best riders in the world on the track for two days plus the young riders coming through in the European series, means it is always a worthwhile trip to see the riders racing in person.
Article and picture by Jonathan McCready