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Following on from the announcement that the Grand Prix of Italy at Maggiora has been cancelled, which was revealed along with the latest version of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship, the promoters of the event have given more details on their decision to step down. Stefano Avandero, the president of the A Sport Group, released the following comment that contains some intriguing insight.
“The situation in Italy and all over the world is very difficult – we are experiencing an unprecedented historical period. In recent months our lives have been turned upside down, our habits have changed and above all the global economy has suffered a severe blow. Although it has started again, the road is still very long. During the quarantine I tried to keep up to date on what was happening in Italy and in other countries, to monitor the decisions of the governments and in particular to understand how they were setting the recovery.
“I can say that in relation to sport and the public events at the moment there is still a lot of confusion. In these months full of uncertainty I have faced many times with Giuseppe Luongo, with whom I have always had a good relationship and together we have evaluated that organizing an event in 2020 is certainly very risky and we took the decision to cancel it. Moreover, if the rules had forced us to a closed doors Grand Prix, it would have been unsustainable. The situation for now is of total uncertainty and I hope that we can return to the races soon and resume competitions in other sports as well. I am also very sorry on a personal level but at the moment it is unthinkable to take a different decision.”
One would presume that Maggiora will host a round of the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship, as long as things return to normal. The Grand Prix of Trentino at Pietramurata is still scheduled to go ahead on October 04, and so is the Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Imola on a date that is yet to be determined. Italian fans will not be starved of MXGP action!
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Ray Archer