In October, after a meeting during the 2015 Motocross of Nations in Ernee, France, the Motocross Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs Tony Skillington (director of the CMS/FIM), Giuseppe Luongo (president of Youthstream) and Takanao Tsubouchi (Motorcycle Sport Manufacturers’ Association (MSMA) secretary general) announced three rule changes that would be implemented for the 2016 FIM World Motocross Championship season.
The major change the commission announced was MXGP and MX2 qualifying races would now award points. First place would receive 5 points; second place 4 points; third place 3 points; fourth place 2 points; fifth place 1 point.
Today, just over a month later, that changed.
The Motocross Grand Prix Commission announced that they have “unanimously decided by electronic message exchange on Friday 6 November to cancel the following decision taken in Ernée on 28 September:
The MXGP and MX2 Qualifying Races will not only decide on the starting positions for the Races but also award points (Position 1: 5 points; pos. 2: 4 pts; pos. 3: 3 pts; pos. 4: 2 pts; pos. 5: 1 pt).
The overall winner of the event will be the rider who gained the highest number of points after the points from the Qualifying Race, Race 1 and Race 2 have been added, irrespective of the number of Races he finished. (Decision now cancelled)”
They will return to the same format used in 2015.
Whelp, that didn’t last long.