Yes, the newly named MXGP was actually branded under the same name in 2003! That was the year the 250 and 500 classes had been combined and, for the first time ever, we saw all the best riders in one class. It was Smets vs. Pichon vs. Everts, and the tension was high for round one in Bellpuig, Spain. No-one knew what would happen, or who was the fastest, especially since the reigning 500 world champion, Everts, was on a 450 and Pichon, the reigning 250 world champion, was still on his 250 Suzuki!
It was also a one race format, so everything was on the line at an intense first round: