Confusion continues to cover the British industry. RHL Activities, the promoters of the Revo ACU British Championship, announced this morning that they have delayed the fourth round of MXGB by a week to avoid a clash with the MXGP series. The date that they had moved Foxhill to was already occupied by the Michelin MX Nationals though. The press release stated that an agreement with Paul Irwin, of the MX Nationals, was made though and that everything was just fine. End of story.
Well, not quite. The Michelin MX Nationals team has just released a statement that claims no such conversations were had with RHL and that they had committed to June 19/20 from the very beginning and are unable to move their date. That’s that and now, for the first time ever, the two British series appear to be set to run on the same date. Yikes. The statement from the MX Nationals is below. The original message from RHL Activities is elsewhere on MX Vice.
Firstly, we are hugely disappointed in the decision by the ACU/RHL confirming/announcing a new date clash with us [MX Nationals UK] on the 19th/20th June.
I have tried to work with RHL and the ACU to find solutions for their championship, but this last date clash is not something I have agreed with (contrary to their press release).
We are committed to this weekend for round two and have already paid in advance for the Hawkstone circuit.
We take riders’ money in good faith when they register for the MX Nationals championship. We have some fantastic sponsors who also invest in this series. We invest that money back into the championship to bring the best series we can. It is not fair for us to continue to take your money and not be able, due to decisions taken by another federation, to deliver the championship we promised.
These continuous clashes put us at financial risk every time we have an issue like this. We don’t run this championship for financial gain, but we also don’t want to lose money and not deliver on our promises. We can’t and don’t want to run with half empty gates or cut corners to make the figures add up.
We owe it to the riders, the sponsors, the teams and true motocross fans to be upfront. Without your support there simply isn’t a sustainable championship.
Now is the time for you, riders and fans, to decide if you want us to continue. We hope to see (many of) you at our next round on the 19th/20th at Hawkstone Park.
Words: Press Release | Lead Image: MX Vice